I recently had the pleasure of reading a book that was published way back in 2001 and enjoyed it so much I can't resist sharing about it. The title was MAXimum Boy starring in The Hijacking of Manhattan and the author is Dan Greenburg.
This is a short book intended for younger readers but it's so much fun older kids will enjoy it, too. It's an exciting adventure and could be interpreted as a parody of many other books about heroes with amazing powers, but it's not at all sarcastic.
The hero, Max, got supernatural powers from contact with radioactive material and uses it to fight evil powers for the good of everyone. Sound familiar? But Max is just a kid, his family and school principal know his secret identity and they stay involved in the story. His mother even made his superhero costume and does his laundry.
Boys, especially, will enjoy this action-packed book but it's a fun read for anyone.