Review: Searching for Super by Marion Jensen

searching for super by marion jensen

Savvy meets The Incredibles in this engaging, laugh-out-loud sequel to the critically acclaimed Almost Super. Filled with heart and humor, Searching for Super is a family adventure of heroic proportions.

The superheroes of Split Rock are hunkering down, which is really just a fancy way of saying they’re hiding. Ever since those supervillainous Joneses took away their real powers, the Baileys and the Johnsons have been living in fear. But Rafter has had a taste of what saving the day feels like, and now he’s desperate to do something important.

So when he gets an opportunity to fight with a real superpower—as long as he promises not to tell his parents—he is going to take it, no questions asked. With the help of his brother Benny, his cousin Thimon, and his best friend, Juanita, Rafter Bailey is searching for super.

Description taken from Goodreads.

Does this book measure up to the first? No, but it is cute and hilarious, and for a second book, and a superhero book on top of that, that’s pretty good.

Part of what I loved so much about ALMOST SUPER was that it combined great lessons for kids with the story without feeling preachy. SEARCHING FOR SUPER bordered preachy/cheesy very closely, so I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much, but all the humor and heart was there. I loved coming back to these characters and the world they live in, and I came to care about them more on a personal level and less on a humorous level. The families really came to understand each other, even if just a little bit more, and understood what the kids had gone through with the emergence of their lame powers in the first book.

All in all, while this story felt much more premeditated and careful, I ended up enjoying the story much more than I thought I would. The new characters were fun to learn about and I gladly welcomed the old cast back. It’s a great addition to this series. 3.5 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 256


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