Monday, January 27, 2014

Book Review of The Madrona Heroes Register

Book Review of The Madrona Heroes Register 
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Book cover and blurb
Title: The Madrona Heroes Register

Author: Hillel Cooperman 

Genre: YA Superhero Fantasy

Someone in ten-year-old Binny Jordan’s family has a super power – and it’s not her. Binny’s seven-year-old sister Cassie can turn herself invisible and now a strange man is keenly interested in what Cassie can do. Binny’s parents seem more distracted than ever, and her older brother Zach is hiding something of his own. Binny needs to find a way to protect her sister, but she’s never felt more alone.

Author Bio

Hillel Cooperman has pretended to be a superhero since he was a small child. He conceived of the story of the Madrona Heroes in the summer of 2012 on a trip abroad with his family. By winter, he had started writing in earnest. He lives in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle with his three children, their three cats, and thousands of Lego bricks. His superpower is procrastination. The Madrona Heroes Register is his first novel.


Twitter: @madronaheroes

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Book Excerpts


As Rembrandt and his owner walked their familiar path past the Jordan house, the man saw the oblivious jelly bean of a seven-year-old bouncing with the mirror on the sidewalk below the big house, and the determined and angry ten-year-old storming out of the house on a retributive mission. The man could see what was coming next, yet there was nothing he could do to stop it. Like watching two cars speed towards an intersection.

Rembrandt was distinctly less interested in the inevitable altercation between the girls, but seemed to have found something worthy of his attention at a telephone pole down the street. He started insistently dragging the man towards the pole.

The more the older girl yelled and advanced on her sister, the more interested the man was in seeing how the little drama played out. But Rembrandt was intent on reaching his own destination of interest. He’d already dragged the man halfway to the pole, and now the man was at least fifty feet from where the little girl was standing.

Three separate things happened almost simultaneously: 1) the little girl finally heard the older girl yelling, 2) the older girl turned the corner and finally was in a position to see her quarry, and 3) Rembrandt got sick of waiting for the man to move. Rembrandt jerked his leash and made a break for the telephone pole. The man almost fell over, losing his grip on the leash, catching his balance at the last second before he would have ended up with his face in the dirt.

When the man regained his balance and surveyed the scene, the little girl was nowhere to be found. She had been there one moment, and in the time it took for the man to recover from Rembrandt’s over-enthusiasm, she seemed to have just vanished. Into thin air as they say. But that was ridiculous. She must have heard her sister coming and high-tailed it out of there. And yet, how did she do it so quickly? Where did she go?

The older girl approached the spot where her sister had been. From what the man could tell, the older girl with the deepening scowl had never actually witnessed that the object of her vengeance was standing there in the first place. Apparently the younger girl was able to vanish before her sister caught sight of her. And anyway, the older girl was fixated on a shiny object that was lying on the ground. Abandoned.


I often struggle with finding appropriate books for younger readers that are entertaining without being condescending or preachy or sounding like morality tales, but this is one of those rare instances where an author has transcended the norm and provided us with a superb book that is not only entertaining but enthralling for young and old alike.  Siblings Zach, Binah, and Cassie are not your typical children, yet they are totally typical children.  The main character is Binah or Binny, and her name alone should give you a clue that she is not an ordinary child. 

As my younger sister will tell you middle children have the hardest lot in life, and Binny is no exception.  Yet she has amazing strength and depth of character that shine through in an amazing way.  As much as I want to tell you all about her uniqueness and atypical-ness it could give the entire story away so I will resist the urge.  However I will say that the author does such a great job of showcasing the normal family life and day to day struggle that children will be able to immediately relate to Binny and her siblings and the fantastical aspects will create a break from their own normal life.

I am pleased to discover a new author I can wholeheartedly recommend for good clean wholesome reading fun. I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds.

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