Series: Smash Vol. 2   

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Annotation: Smash's fear grows after becoming the target of supervillain Magus, but if he stands a chance of winning he will need to overcome his fears and deal with the everyday realities of a fifth-grader.
Catalog Number: #155890
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Bolton, Kyle,
Pages: 146 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-8118-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-8118-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018944780
Dimensions: 19 x 25 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A fifth-grade superhero gets caught up in a three-way struggle with a supervillain and a mad scientist in his second round of adventures (Smash: Trial by Fire, 2013).Sneaking out of the house at every chance to train with his mentor, Wraith, compounded with his lack of interest in doing schoolwork, threatens to leave him in imminent danger of being held back. As if that's not problem enough, Andrew—"Smash" when he's in costume—is further distracted when a wildly destructive running battle breaks out between the gray-skinned minions of his terrifying nemesis, the Magus, and the mechanical creations of dying inventor Dr. Cobb. It seems that both are after a world-altering prototype power source called the "skeleton key" in order to energize devices that will, respectively, either steal all of Smash's superpowers or transfer Dr. Cobb's mind to a healthy new body. The ensuing action is fast, furious, and interrupted only occasionally by scenes at home and the introduction of Jae Kim, a smart and lively new Korean-American classmate who both discovers Andrew's secret identity and cozens him into better study habits. Some of the crashes, explosions, and humongously thewed bad guys feel crowded into the neatly squared-off panels, but the storylines, open-ended though they remain at the finish, are easy enough to follow. Andrew, darker-skinned than his single mom and big brother, Tommy, continues to lead a diverse and expressively drawn cast.Brisk, nonstop, chock-full of awesome exploits. (Graphic superhero fantasy. 9-11)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: 3-6

Superhero. Super young. Super freaked out! In his second adventure, Smash has his hands full with old enemies and a few new ones — not to mention homework.

Thanks to a strange twist of fate — and a massive explosion — Andrew’s dream of having the strength and abilities of his superhero idol came true, and Smash was born. Great, right? Wrong! As superhero Smash, Andrew finds himself in a losing battle with the one emotion no hero should ever feel: fear. And he definitely didn’t count on becoming the prime target of Magus, the vilest supervillain of all time, who will stop at nothing to steal Smash’s powers. It’s going to take Andrew everything he’s got to conquer his fears, safeguard the city, keep his identity a secret . . . and pass the fifth grade.

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