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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
The Above-Average Adventures of Nicholas Herriman by Ken Sheldon is about Nicholas, your run-of-the-mill kid in middle school, who is not really a great student. His dad died years ago when he was young, he has only one friend, and one day he finds himself the owner of a trunk. Or rather, it was a throwaway but he wanted it, so he took it. Only it’s not an empty trunk, but is filled with objects more suited to the dumpster than anything else—or so it seems. When Nicholas starts using these objects, his world changes as he discovers the element of superpowers. But Nicholas starts out being selfish with them, treating his best friend like something to be used and avoided, thinking how he can get even with the school bully and even make himself the most popular kid in the school. But can he overcome his selfish tendencies and use these gifts to help others?
When I was about a third of the way into this book, I found I could not put it down. The writing is excellent, the story unfolds naturally, and we understand at the end more about Nicholas’s family and how he’s not just a random character after all. This book will engage young readers and fill their minds with comic book heroes and all the fun fantasy that goes along with it. Clearly a winner, The Above-Average Adventures of Nicholas Herriman by Ken Sheldon is sure to excite young readers everywhere with thoughts of “What if I?” Highly recommended.