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Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities

Written by Mike Jung

Illustrated by Mike Maihack

A SUPER funny, SUPER fast-paced, SUPER debut!

Can knowing the most superhero trivia in the whole school be considered a superpower?

If so, Vincent Wu is invincible.

If not (and let’s face it, it’s “not”), then Vincent and his pals Max and George don’t get any props for being the leaders (and, well, sole members) of the (unofficial) Captain Stupendous Fan Club.

But what happens when the Captain is hurt in an incident involving BOTH Professor Mayhem and his giant indestructible robot AND (mortifyingly) Polly Winnicott-Lee, the girl Vincent totally has a crush on?

The entire city is in danger, Vincent’s parents and his friends aren’t safe, the art teacher has disappeared, and talking to Polly is REALLY, REALLY AWKWARD.

Only Vincent Wu has what it takes to save the Captain, overcome Professor Mayhem, rally his friends, and figure out what to say to Polly. But will anyone take him seriously? Seriously. Anyone??

Find out in this action-packed super comedy debut.

Reviews and Awards

Kansas State Reading Circle

“[A] genuinely new sort of superhero story.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Debut author Jung smartly balances adventure and comedy in a story about (unwanted) power and responsibility that pokes fun at superhero conventions along the way (Professor Mayhem, like a true supervillain, takes his time to explain his evil plot in full). Jung’s fast-paced storytelling, filled with comics-inspired gadgetry and sound effects, makes the story’s action sequences come alive, and thanks to Maihack’s b&w spot illustrations, Vincent, Polly, and the others look like they’re ready to star in an animated series. Superhero fans also will appreciate the sly nod to Clark Kent/Superman when the book jacket is removed.” - Publishers Weekly

“Amid the battles with giant alloy robots and alien visitations, Jung explores some interesting curiosities - what would middle school be like in a world where superheroes existed? - and offers some honest and resonant ideas on the matter. With snappy and authentic dialogue, layered plotting, full-on science, and sweet preteen romance, Jung’s boisterous debut is a winner. Here’s hoping we haven’t seen the last of this bunch.” - Booklist

“There is plenty of page-turning action, plenty of snappy dialogue and action sound effects, plenty of middle school drama (and a little romance), plenty of grossness, and plenty of kid superiority over adults. Superhero fans and comic book fans will be eager readers.” - Library Media Connection, Recommended

“This classic fanboy fantasy hits all the right notes as Vincent uses his wits to overcome some pretty formidable odds…. The dialogue is witty, the plotting clever, and the sentiments are right on target for the age group; fans of Cody’s Powerless and readers who enjoy stories about superheroes, underdogs, and friendship skirmishes will all find something to like here.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Purchase Options
Indiebound • Scholastic Store • Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Fall 2012
Middle Grade Novel
ISBN: 978-0-545-33548-5
Price: $16.99/$18.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 320
Foreign Rights: Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Translation Rights: Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Rights Available? yes