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Cody, Matthew.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]
Physical Description:
314 pages ; 22 cm.
"Fourteen-year-old Daniel and his friends battle the Nobles of the new Noble Academy and attempt to defeat the Shroud once and for all"--
General Note:
Sequel to: Super.
Reading Level:
840 Lexile.

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J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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"A fantastic story, thrillingly told. This book has a superpower--you can't put it down." --Jonathan Stroud, author of the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy
The truth about the Super children--who have real powers like flight and super strength--is finally exposed, and the town of Noble's Green has created a special boarding school for its superpowered children. That's where all Daniel's friends are headed, while he--regular kid that he is--is headed to summer school.
But all is not well at the Academy for the Extraordinarily Gifted. A clique of popular kids (led by a pair of sinister twins) has taken over the school, and once again, it's powerless Daniel who may be able to stop them. To do so, he will have to turn to his sworn enemy, the  Shroud, for help.

Author Notes

Matthew Cody is the author of several popular books, including the Supers of Noble's Green trilogy: Powerless , Super , and Villainous . He is also the author of Will in Scarlet and The Dead Gentleman . Originally from the Midwest, he now lives with his wife and son in Manhattan. You can visit him on the Web at

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-In this sequel to Powerless and Super (Knopf), the town of Noble's Green has been in the spotlight ever since 14-year-old Daniel Corrigan caused the event that led to hundreds of people waking up with their stolen superpowers returned to them. A new academy has been built to teach and train the children and teens with powers, though Daniel's super friends have opted not to attend. Escalating acts of vandalism in the town turn public opinion against those with powers, and Daniel suspects there is something more sinister at work. Daniel and his friends are pitted against a new group of superpowered teens called "Nobles," but their old nemesis, Herman Plunkett, is also a suspect. Meanwhile, Daniel is facing complicated feelings for his friend Mollie. The final book in the trilogy explores interesting themes as the self-professed "Nobles" look down on those without powers and proceed to act with the belief that no one can or should stop them. As with the earlier titles, the book's strengths lie in the solid pacing and engaging main characters, particularly Daniel as the "powerless" protagonist who leads the group and uses his detective skills to solve the mystery. Though there is summary information sprinkled throughout, readers will want to have read the volumes to fully understand and appreciate the story arc. VERDICT The stakes are higher than ever and readers will fly through the pages to see how it all turns out.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL © Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.