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Books for Superman and Clark Kent

2013 June 13
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Man-of-steel-movie-posterIt’s a bird, it’s a plane — no, it’s Superman! Or is it Clark Kent? It’s kind of hard to tell, right? I mean, one is a mild-mannered journalist who has a odd habit of disappearing just when danger strikes. The other is a spandex-wearing alien superhero who is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Okay, so I guess they are not exactly alike, although they do look oddly similar. In any case, here are two booklists to help celebrate the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, opening this weekend: one for Clark Kent and another for Superman. I’ll try to keep them straight.

Books for Clark Kent

Girl v. Boy by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout

It’s a classic battle of the sexes with a side of romance when two school newspaper columnist go head-to-head over a popular school fundraiser that pits girls against boys.

girl v. boyAlso Known as Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher

Bobby Steele is hiding his real identity and knows if his secrets get out, his new life will come crashing down.

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl by Barry Lyga (2008 Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults)

Two high school outsiders team up to fight back against the bullies that target them, but secrets between the new friend may destroy this tenuous dynamic duo.

The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian (2002 Best Books for Young Adults, 2005 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults)

Josh’s website just went viral, which is not so great since he wants to maintain his anonymity. Can he keep his secret and still write the controversial things he feels passionate about?

Books for Superman

ACjacket_smallWho is AC? by Hope Larson

Lin’s life is turned upside-down when her cellphone has magic powers zapped into it. Is Lin ready for superhero status and a showdown with a big bad supervillain?

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks (2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults)

Cadel is a supergenius level hacker using his powers for evil while studying at a secret school that hands out degrees in World Domination. What can stop this teenager mastermind from his evil ways?

heroHero by Perry Moore (2012 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2012 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2008 Best Books for Young Adults)

Thom has many secrets — maybe too many secrets. When The League, a group of aspiring heroes, recruits him, Thom discovers the super human strength needed to reveal his true self.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Cousins Joe and Sammy partner together to write comics filled with adventure, love and above all justice.

What other superhero read would you recommend to Superman? Any other books of secret identities and a love of journalism for Clark Kent?

– Amanda Margis, currently rereading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and listening to A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

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