Fun story about Newt Newman, the younger, often overlooked, brother of the star football player in their town. Newt is a fan of comic books and heroes. He spends his days overlooked and being invisible. When Newt’s brother Chris gets hit hard during a game and ends up in a coma, Newts friends decide that going trick or treating is just what Newt needs to feel better. With only his older brothers hand me downs to use as a costume, Newt comes up with Captain Nobody – the superhero no one has ever heard of. A bunch of chance coincidences lands Newt in the right place at the right time to “help” various people in town and one last event makes him the town hero. He won’t be invisible anymore.
Newt is a great character and the relationship he has with his family and friends rings true to life. Most of the story follows a realistic path, up until the end. Take a few liberties to wrap everything up, Pitchford gives us a fun story that would make a great read aloud and appeal to many students.