Sarah Cross Sarah Cross

Dull Boy

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Sometimes I wish I didn't care what would happen if anyone knew the truth about me. But I do care. I have to keep this - super strength, flying - a secret. No one can know - not my parents, not my friends... It's just that it's getting harder to hide it.

Superpowers are awesome - unless you actually have them, like Avery does. There's only so much he can pass off as "adrenaline" before people start to get suspicious. Probably it's best to lie low, so guys in white lab coats don't come to carry him away, to find out what makes his freakish body tick. Who wants to be vivisected? But flying under the radar becomes a whole lot harder when you can actually fly. It's dangerous to be different, so for now he'll pretend to be normal, unremarkable Avery - a dull boy - anything to keep his secret safe.

What he doesn't expect is the horrifying truth about where his powers came from, who else might have them, and the madness of one villain's plan to turn this superpowered dull boy into something even more powerful and amazing.

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"Like the best superhero stories, Cross's novel has crisp action sequences and a good sense of humor, but also gets deep into the fears and struggles of teenagers who simply don't fit in." --Publishers Weekly

"Highly effective, grippingly paced blend of superhero adventure and sci-fi thriller. The resulting novel is both amusing and subtly disturbing, as readers will likely find themselves pondering issues of genetic mutation even while they revel in the comic-book-style action." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB), Recommended

"This is a wild ride, and readers will find themselves immersed." --Booklist

"Avery's sarcastic, self-deprecating narration is a highlight, as is the strange array of superpowers. The characters' normal, goofy interactions are the focus until the page-turning finale. A good bet for all teen sections." --Kirkus Reviews

"Dull Boy is an exhilarating story that readers can easily connect with, even if they themselves lack superpowers. It has a little of something for everyone--danger, wit, and, of course, action that will keep the reader's eyes glued to the pages until the final word. This book was hands down amazing!" --Interesting Reader Society (Book Reviews by Young Adults) - School Library Journal

"DULL BOY has it all - humor, friendship, family issues, a little romance, super-powers. What more could you ask for? As a reader, I completely fell in love with Avery. Sarah Cross leaves the reader completely satisfied." --Teens Read Too, Gold Star Award for Excellence