What a fun book! John David Anderson wrote a middle grade novel with all the good stuff: characters we care about, scary evil they must fight, relationships that have problems, and an ending that's hard to predict.
Sidekicked is about Andrew Bean, a boy with unusual powers who has an ordinary life while secretly training to become the helper, aka sidekick, of a super hero.
Like the Harry Potter books, a lot of the story takes place in a school setting so kids can identify with it, but the powers these characters have aren't magic and the plot is entirely different from those in that other series. And this book is funny as well as exciting.
I could go on and on about why I like this book, but instead I'll just say, for kids who love action and adventure it's a must read.