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Eric the Accidental Hero by Book Resume:
Eric is sent in to help a troubled family because Dad s taken off.
Arnie is a very nervous little armidillo. He's afraid of everything: water, bats - even falling bananas! Until one day, he has to confront his very worst fears and rescue his friends from a crocodile.
All Jack Blank knows is his bleak, dreary life at St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost, an orphanage that sinks more and more into the swampland of New Jersey with each passing year. His aptitude tests project him as spending a long, unhappy career as a toilet brush cleaner. His only chance at escape comes through the comic books donated years ago to the orphanage that he secretly reads in the dark corners of the library. Everything changes one icy gray morning when Jack receives two visitors that alter his life forever. The first is a deadly robot straight out of one of his comic books that tries its best to blow him up. The second is an emissary from a secret country called the Imagine Nation, an astonishing place where all the fantastic and unbelievable things in our world originate - including Jack. Jack soon discovers that he has an amazing ability--one that could make him the savior of the Imagine Nation and the world beyond, or the biggest threat they've ever faced. From School Library Journal Gr 5-8–Jack Blank's dull life as a 12-year-old orphan ends when he is attacked by a mechanical monster, then whisked off to the Imagine Nation, a floating island populated by superheroes. The boy makes a few friends and several enemies, explores the parameters of his own newfound superpowers, and tries to uncover the mystery of his origin. The backstory of the Imagine Nation takes a while to develop but ultimately pays off in a richly imagined world with strong appeal to fans of comics. The island is populated by a fun cast of heroes and villains, many of whom Jack already knows about from the comic books he loves to read. Brisk narration captures the superhero world with a mixture of fast-paced action, wry humor, and occasional heartfelt speeches about courage and friendship. Jack's destined role in a looming alien invasion is revealed gradually and quite effectively, and he becomes a more interesting protagonist as he learns more about himself. Several surprising plot twists toward the end lead to some serious moral struggles, along with just the right amount of plasma blasts, fusion cannons, and major explosions that make up the engaging scenes of super-battles. Most of the supporting characters are largely defined by their hero personae, but these are varied enough to make all of them interesting. The fairly ubiquitous premise of an ordinary boy with hidden powers is used here with originality and purpose, with especially careful plotting that leads to an exciting and thought-provoking conclusion.Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR © Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. From Booklist Twelve-year-old Jack Blank’s life is just that—blank. An orphan at St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost, Jack has no memory of his past or his real name. After destroying a zombie robot in a freak accident, Jack is rescued from the orphanage by an android emissary from the Imagine Nation, Jack’s native homeland, where superheroes, aliens, and ninjas all live together. Unfortunately, Jack’s homecoming is short-lived, as he is discovered to be infected with a deadly robot virus. Yet Jack isn’t sick, and he soon learns that his inexplicable immunity to the virus is only a part of his superpowers. While Jack learns to control his powers, he also learns that the zombie robots that invaded Imagine Nation years ago never left the island and are looking for him. Myklusch’s debut novel—a fun mix of adventure, fantasy, and science fiction—is an imaginative read and will easily attract young male readers longing to be from another world. Grades 4-7. --Kimberly Garnick
This series consist of two short stories. They are The Accidental Hero and the follow up The Accidental Heroes. Both stories are funny and entertaining. They deal with a ordinary couple who decide to try there hand at crime fighting, or in there own words they just want to make a difference, even if it kills them.
Lady Eilis Dunbarton’s life undergoes a drastic change with the death of her cousin, Agnes. Now she’s faced with the disagreeable prospect of marrying the man who was to be her cousin’s husband. Not by a change of contract, though. Instead, by deceit—pretending to be her cousin. But if her husband-to-be discovers she’s not really Agnes, her life is forfeit. So what choice does Eilis have but to flee? When Laird James MacNeill’s clan rescues a half-drowned lass from the sea, there is speculation she is of the enemy clan, especially since she doesn’t remember her own name. James is immediately enticed with the lady, but his focus must remain on finding the proper bride. For if he does not wed soon, he must give up his holdings to one of his younger brothers. Focus slips away with each day Eilis is close, and James finds himself contemplating the thought of taking her to wife without knowing her true identity. But how dangerous would the end result be? And what will happen if Eilis’s husband-to-be comes looking for her only to find her in the arms of another man?
Twelve-year-old Jack, freed from a dismal orphanage, makes his way to the elusive and impossible Imagine Nation, where a mentor saves him from dissection and trains him to use his superpower, despite the virus he carries that makes him a threat.