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Rise of the Heroes (Hero.Com)
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Ka-pow! Using the internet during a storm leads to a group of teenagers downloading superhero powers from the internet ...

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Gr 4-8-Siblings Toby and Lorna and their friends Peter and Emily come across a mysterious Web site called Hero.com that beckons them to download superpowers. Intrigued by the idea, they pick powers from vague icons and then check a "job board" from which they can choose crime-fighting missions. A bank robbery piques their interest and they fly off, unsteadily, to their first adventure. Here they meet Doc Tempest, a criminal mastermind, who is intent on taking over the world under the cover of bad weather-he uses hurricanes and such to hide his exploits. They stop the robbery but they anger Doc Tempest, who then kidnaps Toby and Lorna's mother. The budding superheroes must now rescue her and the adventures continue. The concept of downloading superpowers is interesting, but given that the four youngsters don't know what powers they have and how to control them, the fact that they still manage to fight off an invincible outlaw seems implausible. Add to that cliched language, flat characterizations, and obvious plot turns, and the book doesn't get high literary marks. But with its nonstop adventures and of-the-moment techy concept, it will appeal to science-fiction fans.-Shawna Sherman, Hayward Public Library, CA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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