Sidekicks (Hardcover)

By Jack D. Ferraiolo

Amulet Books, 9780810998032, 309pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2011



Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, and Phantom Justice has Bright Boy, a.k.a. Scott Hutchinson, an ordinary schoolkid by day and a superfast, superstrong sidekick by night, fighting loyally next to his hero.
But after an embarrassing incident involving his too-tight spandex costume, plus some signs that Phantom Justice may not be the good guy he pretends to be, Scott begins to question his role. With the help of a fellow sidekick, once his nemesis, Scott must decide if growing up means being loyal or stepping boldly to the center of things.
Praise for Sidekicks
-Scott's present-tense narration keeps pedal to the metal from start to finish, and readers will be quickly won over as the two super-strong, super-fast, super-likable protagonists face both inner conflicts and a Dark Knight-ish villain as deeply psychotic and scary as he is super powerful. Look for more twists than a pretzel factory and a possible sequel.- -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
-A delightfully clever take on superheroes with this unpredictable adventure. Engaging territory as Ferraiolo reveals the story's true depths.- -Publishers Weekly, starred review
-An exciting, lightning-paced superhero plot that is also a thoughtful examination of superheroism.-
-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

-Ferraiolo starts the cape-flying action right from the opening pages. Ferraiolo is delightfully unafraid to inject irreverence into the superhero formula, adding plenty of humor to the high adventure high jinks.-

About the Author

Jack D. Ferraiolo is the author of The Big Splash. He grew up in southern Connecticut and lives in northern Massachusetts. As the head of development at a children's animation production company, he has developed and writes for WordGirl on PBS, for which he won an Emmy. Visit him online at