by: Jair Mendoza
I have been reading a book my mom gave me. The title of the book is Public School Superhero. Written by James Patterson. The book was very funny at certain parts but also teaches lessons along the way.
The main character in the book is Kenny Wright. Then you have the side characters like Ray-Ray, Kenny’s second best friend, Preemie, Arthur, Vanessa, and G-ma. Kenny is the person who created stainlezz steel. Stainlezz Steel is a semi-alter ego, fictional superhero in Kenny’s imagination. He protects D.C and is the best superhero. In the book, Kenny goes through lots of trouble at his middle school, Anacostia. His school is horrible. Thre are no windows, the library is the size of a closet, and the middle school doesn’t even have a gym! The gym is a section of the parking lot. So yeah, his school is terrible!
There are parts in the book that teach lessons. Like the part where Kenny is with all the cool kids. They persuade him to walk with them to the corner store. Kenny chooses not to trust his gut to go home and gets involved in stealing chips with them. He didn’t know what was going on though. It was a in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ type of situation. Sometimes as a middle school student myself I don’t trust my gut and I get in trouble. There’s also another lesson in the book. Throughout the story Kenny is telling all these lies to his G-ma (who he lives with) to stay out of trouble. But in the end Kenny ends up confessing anyways. But G-ma isn’t mad at him. This goes to show that the truth will set you free.
I thought the book was a good combination of laughs and lessons. The book shows everybody that middle school isn’t just a walk in the park. It’s full of making hard choices and sometimes fun. It can be really stressful at times. That’s my review on Public School Superhero.
[icon name=”fa-check” size=”18px” link=””] Note from mom: I thought the book was a really good depiction of what the average African-American middle-schooler goes through trying to make it 12 years in the Public School system. This book is definitely Brown Mama certified.