BOOK JACKET BLURB: Thom Creed is used to being on his own. Even as a high school basketball star, he has to keep his distance because of his father. Hal Creed had once been one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of The League-until the Wilson Towers incident. After that Thom’s mother disappeared and his proud father became an outcast.
The last thing in the world Thom would ever want is to disappoint his father. So Thom keeps two secrets from him: First is that he’s gay. The second is that he has the power to heal people. Initially, Thom had trouble controlling his powers. But with trail and error he improves, until he gets so good that he catches the attention of the League and is asked to join. Even though he knows it would kill his dad, Thom can’t resist. When he joins the League, he meets a motley crew of other heroes, including tough-talking Scarlett, who has the power of fire from growing up near a nuclear power plant; Typhoid Larry, who makes everyone sick by touching them, but is actually a really sweet guy; and wise Ruth, who has the power to see the future. Together these unlikely heroes become friends and begin to uncover a plot to kill the superheroes. Along the way, Thom falls in love, and discovers the difficult truth about his parents’ past.
First novel by Perry Moore
Published by Hyperion, $16.99
Release date: August 1, 2007
Agent: Merrilee Heifetz
You could never describe Thom Creed as your typical teenager-next-door. He is gay, he is a fledgling superhero with the uncanny power to generate healing energy by placing his hands on an injured person, and he is the son of an emotionally distant father and an “out-of-the-picture” mother, both of whom are former superheroes. When Thom was a boy, his parents were members of a league of extraordinary humans, possessed of unnatural talents; his mother could make herself invisible, and his father had super-strength. Along with a band of similarly exceptional “heroes,” they protected the world from crime and invasion. That all changed however.
Thom cannot convince his father to tell him the story of the mysterious event that led to his fall from grace—an incident that left him with a gimp arm and a tree-sized block on his shoulder. Trying to play the dutiful son, Thom keeps his identity as a gay teenager and as a budding superhero a secret. This becomes especially problematic when Thom is recruited to join the league that had booted his father.
Moore’s confusing plot and his penchant to provide only sketchy details about the relationships among the host of odd characters in the novel are disappointing. But his fierce commitment to creating a story in which his young protagonist must save himself, his family, and the world is commendable. Adolescent readers will love the action, the father/son conflict, and the cartoon-like landscape of the story.
Publishers Weekly, September 10, 2007
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