Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Archvillain - Barry Lyga

Archvillain
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Scholastic
ISBN 9780545196499

Kyle Camden is the king of Bouring Middle School. He has 'pranked' everyone from the principal to the Sheriff. His pranks are legendary and he is the center of attention at school and maybe the smartest person there. But then one night while he is preparing for his next great prank, he is bathed in unearthly energies, and now he has new powers. But there is also a second kid at school with powers, a boy with amnesia who was found in the sports field with no memory - Mighty Mike. Soon Kyle is playing second fiddle to Mike in every way. In order to regain his supremacy at school and in the town, he tries to take down Mike, but in doing so he turns into a super villain.

This new series by acclaimed author Barry Lyga is geared for a younger audience than his other works. It is an addictive story and well-written. You find yourself torn between cheering for Kyle and hoping he gets caught. Children will love reading this book and I am sure it will spark great debate about doing the right things for the wrong reasons, and having a good goal but achieving it in a wrong way and so on. This would be a great book for a young reader book club or classroom discussion. I look forward to the next book in the series.

Books by Barry Lyga: 
Archvillian:
Archvillain #1 (2010)
The Mad Mask - Archvillian #2 (2011)
Yesterday Again - Archvillian #3 (2013)


I Hunt Killers:
I Hunt Killers (2012)
Game - I Hunt Killers #2 (2013)

??? - I Hunt Killers #3 (2014)
 
Brookdale High:
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (2006)
Boy Toy (2007)
Hero Type (2008)
Goth Girl Rising (2009)

Other Books By Barry Lyga:
Graphic Novels in Your Media Center: A definitive Guide (with Alison A.W. Lyga - 2004)
Wolverine: Worst Day Ever (2009)
MangaMan (with Colleen Dorren 2011)

Unsoul'd (2013)
 
Contributed to:
Geektastic (2009)

Author Profile and Interview with Barry Lyga

Author Profile and Interview with Randall Banner 

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