Joshua Dread

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Joshua Dread is a normal 6th grader- or at least that’s what it seems like. Really, Joshua is a son to two of the worst super villains in history: The Dread Duo.

Joshua Dread is a normal 6th grader- or at least that’s what it seems like. Really, Joshua is a son to two of the worst super villains in history: The Dread Duo. But he still lives in a typical town, in a typical school, with a typical best friend named Milton, and hates the 6th grade. But this week was particularly bad. First, his parents try to take over the world with the Weather Alternator; a machine that can control the weather. But then, their plans were foiled by Captain Justice, their arch-enemy. Then, his mother’s new experiment, a mutated house plant named Micus, tried to kill him. Finally, Joshua finds out that he has a superpower. But he didn’t get a cool power, like flying or super-strength. He got spontaneous combustion. So now, he’s pretty much a human microwave oven that leaves burned butt marks on the carpet. But that is nothing compared to what is going to happen to him next week.

Overall, Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon is a brilliant book, and should be more well-known than it is now. This book would be a great read aloud for kids 7 to 9 years old. They would love the suspense, and the superhero/ super villain battle would grab their attention. However, children over 12 would lose interest quickly. At 258 pages, it is a bit of a shorter read. This is the author’s first novel. I hope the author will write another book, because he uses great description in his writing so that you can really picture what is happening in the book in your head. This book is like no other book I can think of, because of the unusually switch from super villain to superhero. I highly recommend reading this book, and definitely will be one of your favorites.