Murph is a pupil at a secret school where everyone has an awesome power. Mary can fly, Charlie’s eyes emit heat rays and even Hilda can conjure tiny horses from thin air. But Murph can’t do anything. He’s boring old Kid Normal and things aren’t looking good, until evil man-wasp Nektar takes over the school and Murph is forced to step up. Can Kid Normal save the world?
Written by Radio 1 presenters Greg James and Chris Smith, Kid Normal won this year’s First News Funny prize in the Teach Primary Book Awards and has been a runaway hit with audiences, reluctant readers included.
But there’s more to this book than fast-paced jokes and irreverent remarks. Alongside the storytelling zing and superhero silliness comes a sensitively crafted subplot about fitting in and finding your place.
This is a book with a great big heart, and one that’s well worth putting at the centre of creative cross-curricular projects.
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