Admitted by mistake to a school for children with special powers, 11-year-old Murph Cooper demonstrates that there's more to being a hero than superpowers. Though a few graduates do indeed go on to earn places in the Heroes' Alliance, it turns out that the school's major mission is shaming students into hiding their "capabilities"—which, more often, are making one's teeth scream or summoning soup, instead of any obviously useful talents—in order to lead normal lives. Hardly, though, has Murph begun to feel part of a group of friendly no-hopes, mockingly dubbed the Super Zeroes, then a wasp-man villain swoops in to create instant minions using mind-control helmets. Time for the Super Zeroes to spring into action and, through teamwork, demonstrate that leadership ability, selfless courage, and people skills are as "super" as any other powers. Salcedo emphasizes the farcical elements here with occasional fine-lined caricatures, but by the end, few readers will fail to see the Zeroes as true heroes, even if they don't look the part. Grades 5-7. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
In this tongue-in-cheek middle grade adventure, a kid without superpowers nevertheless discovers his true calling when he's accidentally enrolled in a secret school for superhumans. Eleven-year-old Murph Cooper doesn't have high hopes for the school, his fifth one in as many years thanks to his mother's many work-related moves. It doesn't help when he's the only normal human in a place where people can fly, control weather, move at super-speed, and summon tiny horses (not every power, or Capability—"Cape" for short—is a winner). Murph unexpectedly makes friends with some of the school's other misfits, which comes in handy when a bizarre villain attacks the school and captures everyone else. Now only Murph and his friends can save the day. This lighthearted caper from BBC radio stars James and Smith is packed with dry wit, snarky narrative asides, and an unabashed eschewing of subtlety (the school's headmaster, a former superhero, is Mr. Souperman). Salcedo's playfully frenetic illustrations complement James and Smith's silly adventure and its good-natured sense of wonder. Ages 8–12. (June) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.
Murph Cooper, eleven, is out of his depth when his mother unknowingly enrolls him in a school for superheroes, but his normalcy may be just what is needed to defeat King Nektar.Review by Publisher Summary 2
For fans of Stuart Gibbs comes a hilarious, illustrated middle-grade adventure debut about a superhero with no superpowers.Review by Publisher Summary 3
For fans of Stuart Gibbs comes a hilarious, illustrated middle-grade adventure debut about a superhero with no superpowers.“Should appeal to readers who enjoy the Captain Underpants and Wimpy Kid series.” - School Library ConnectionWhen Murph Cooper begins his new school several weeks into the year, he can't help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it's not because he's worried about where to sit, making friends, and fitting in. It's because his mom has accidentally enrolled him at a school for superheroes. And unlike his fellow students, who can control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever.But Murph's totally normal abilities might just be what the world needs. Because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans . . . and when he comes after the best and the brightest, it’s up to Murph to be the real hero.With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this laugh-out-loud story proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.