There are an abundance of books about children with superpowers and in a crowded marketplace authors are having to come-up with new and inventive ways to stand out. Having previously taught in primary school, J. M. Joseph knows what kids want to read and his ‘fiery’ debut is fun on an explosive scale. The title is the first in a series of adventures for ‘Fire Boy’ and if it is a precursor of things to come then readers can expect high octane thrills, spills and plenty of laughs.
Aidan Sweeney never gets post so when he receives a parcel in the mail marked ‘Top Secret’ he does what every child would do and opens it. Inside is a jar of Nature’s Own sweets from the cloud forests of Peru and despite his better judgement he and his friends can’t help but try one. Before they know it they have strange superpowers. However, the parcel was never intended for Aidan and a dangerous villain is rapidly making his way from South America to get his hands on it and will do whatever it takes to get it back…
Fire Boy is an outrageously funny and exciting story that is best read in an environment where you can laugh-out-loud. With super-powered kids, an evil villain, a crazy Granny, an eccentric travelling circus, magical sweets and ancient Inca legends, you’ll be laughing-out-loud a lot. Energetic and super-charged, the fast-paced action will have readers racing through the pages thanks to short and snappy chapters, a wacky narrative and brilliant characters.
The story premise is straightforward, children unwittingly inherit superpowers and have to get the better of an evil villain who wants to get his hands on the power-inducing sweets in order to get rich quick. Mishaps and funny moments ensue as Aidan tries to master his new fiery superpower, keep it hidden from him mum and all-seeing Granny, and avoid ‘lighting’ up Mitchell Mulch, the school bully. The fun and games can’t last for long though, with villain Ash Aitkens hot on his tail it seems only a matter of time before something or someone will permanently go up in flames.
At the heart of the story is a great friendship with a trio of kids who look out for each other. Aidan is a loveable loose cannon who definitely needs supportive and dependable friends to keep him out of too much mischief and his loyal friends - sassy Sadie and sensible Hussein - are great. My favourite character, the walking-stick wielding, feisty, sarcastic and all round super-nut, Granny!
Fire Boy is filled with fire, friendship and a whole lot of fun!
Recommended for 9+.