Minion

Minion

John DavidAnderson / Nov 18, 2019

Minion John David Anderson returns to the world of superheroes he created in Sidekicked with an entirely new cast of characters in Minion a funny and emotional companion to his first breakout tween novel pe

  • Title: Minion
  • Author: John DavidAnderson
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  • Page: 361
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  • John David Anderson returns to the world of superheroes he created in Sidekicked with an entirely new cast of characters in Minion, a funny and emotional companion to his first breakout tween novel perfect for superhero fans who also love the work of bestselling authors Rick Riordan, Louis Sachar, and Frank Cottrell Boyce.Michael Morn might be a villain, but he s really noJohn David Anderson returns to the world of superheroes he created in Sidekicked with an entirely new cast of characters in Minion, a funny and emotional companion to his first breakout tween novel perfect for superhero fans who also love the work of bestselling authors Rick Riordan, Louis Sachar, and Frank Cottrell Boyce.Michael Morn might be a villain, but he s really not a bad guy When you live in New Liberty, there are no Supers and only two kinds of people those who turn to crime and those who suffer Michael and his adoptive father spend their days building boxes special devices with mysterious abilities that they sell to the mob at a price They provide for each other, they look out for each other, and they d never betray each other But then a Super comes to town, and Michael s world is thrown into disarray The Comet could destroy everything Michael and his dad have built, the safe and secure life they ve made for themselves And now Michael and his father face a choice to hold tight to their life or to let it unravel.

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        John David Anderson once hit himself so hard on a dare by his sister that he literally knocked himself out of a chair and nearly blacked out He has since translated this passion and singularity of purpose to the related arts of novel writing and pizza eating The author of STANDARD HERO BEHAVIOR, SIDEKICKED, MINION, THE DUNGEONEERS and the soon to land MS BIXBY s LAST DAY, Anderson is a firm believer in wearing the same pair of jeans for three days in a row four in the winter and the power of writing to solve 73% of the world s problems He lives with his beautiful wife and twins in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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    1. Last year, John David Anderson’s super-charged superhero adventure Sidekicked thrilled and entertained readers (especially this reader!), and Anderson returns to this superhero and villain filled world in Minion.Minion, a companion, not sequel or prequel, to Sidekicked, is set in a whole new city with a whole new cast of characters. In New Liberty there are no Supers, only the haves and the have-nots. Thirteen year old Michael and his adoptive father live in the have-not side of town, yet pret [...]


    2. I read this book because I needed a little pallet cleansing. After reading so many hot PNR books I have to numb my mind a little. Minion is a YA humorous with a little bit of action sprinkled here and there. Michael spends most of his youth in an orphanage and realizes that he has powers, the power of persuasion. One dark an lonely day, not really I just wanted to say that, Michael is adopted and whisked away to the only home is to know. His step father is somewhat of an inventor and he makes bl [...]


    3. Well, I didn't really know what to expect. But this is a great read. It kept me on the edge of my seat. There are good characters, bad characters and then there are the ones in between good and bad. Which is where I would put Michael and his dad. I think middle school readers will really enjoy this. And there is a perfect (in my mind) set up for a sequel. If the author is so inclined


    4. This is such a fantastic book! A perfect companion novel to SideKicked. This story is told from the perspective of the "bad guys" and criminals, hoping not to be caught by the superheroes. It's not a sequel to SideKicked though, because all the characters are new. Different people, different city, different story.I thought it was very interesting that the word "minion" comes from and old French word "mignon" meaning "darling". It explores the meaning of good and evil and the limits of family rel [...]


    5. Michael was abandoned at a White Castle as a baby and raised in an orphanage near New Liberty, and is eventually adopted by his dad, who is a "mad scientist" who lives off the grid and events gadgets for evil doers. He takes very good care of Michael even though their home is a bit thread bare. Michael is friends with Zach Romano, another orphan adopted by Tony, who has New Liberty under his thumb in a Mafia-like way. The two like to hang out at the local mall and gawk awkwardly at girls, and th [...]


    6. I loved Sidekicked, so I'm excited for this one!Finished: Okay, I loved the book itself. BUT, the ending could have beenwwaayybetter(view spoiler)[ I meanwhat about his dad?! And is Violareallythe Comet's sidekick? PLEASE TELL ME WHATS GOING ON! Also, the whole fight scene ended so abruptly that I was still waiting for something more like a grand finale or something.(hide spoiler)]But all in all, I thought this was a pretty good companion to Sidekicked, (even though none of the characters from t [...]


    7. A bit slower to read than Sidekicked and it almost felt more YA but I did like it. The more of Dave's books I read, the more I like him. He has a way of combining humor, emotion and excitement into one and is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.


    8. My kids and I just love these books. I like this one more than Sidekicked even though it's about the bad guys! They are exciting and funny and the characters are truly lovable, even when they are breaking the rules.


    9. The reader is introduced to Michael Marion Magdalene Morn. He is robbing a bank with a fake bomb strapped to his body. As he and his dad drive away, Mike tells us he is adopted from St. Mary of the Woods School for Wayward Boys.He has a power to make people do his bidding. His dad, Benjamin Edson is an inventor. He robs banks to support his inventions. They live in an area where people pay the mob for protection. The stability of the community is threatened when masked men start robbing banks an [...]


    10. Very fun superhero novel that had a good balance of adventure and the inevitable teenage-romance-drama. I really liked the themes of looking at the life of someone who grew up on the "bad guy" side of things, and their perspective on everything. I would love to see more of these characters.


    11. This book reminded me a a lot of the movie Megamind. What, you might say, they have nothing in common.but they doEvil can be goodthat in mindI really want to read the first book and can't wait for the third one



    12. Now that was much less straightforward and far more thought provoking than Sidekicked. Is there really good and evil, or is it all just in between? Where, and for whom, will you draw the line?



    13. Good but not great. An easy read kinda spoiled by the weird endingRead it if you have nothing better (talk about damned with faint praise!)


    14. Originally posted at shaelit/2014/07/reviewMinion was such an interesting book to read. I was riding high after finishing Sidekicked, and I was both excited and nervous to start its companion novel. Though I would have liked to follow Drew & Co. some more, I was intrigued by the promise of meeting a kid just like Drew but on the opposite side of the good/evil coin. I should have known it wouldn't be that simple.For one, our protagonist, Michael, is more complicated than ol' Drew. Even his n [...]


    15. Michael Marion Magadlene Morn Edson was found in a White Castle by St. Mary of the Woods School for Wayward boys when he was just a baby. There was no tearful goodbye on a doorstep, or anything like that for Michael. What he discovered there, as he got older, was that he had his very own super power. He was able to suggest things to people. Within reason, and they had to be open to the idea in the first place, but if they were he could look them in the eyes and get them to do what he wanted them [...]


    16. Michael Morn lives in a series of grey areas. He is technically a bad guy, in that he helps his dad rob banks and do other things the authorities wouldn't exactly give him a medal for. But he's not that bad of a guy. He and his dad have their clear boundaries. They never use real guns or real explosives, or really threaten people with any kind of harm and they only steal what they need to keep food on the table, electricity in the house, and the production of his dad's boxes going. Threatening p [...]


    17. This "companion to Sidekicked" offers a glimpse from the other side of the conflict between superheroes and supervillains, and their sidekicks and henchmen, depicted in Anderson's previous book. Apparently, it isn't any easier being brought up to a life of villainy than training for the next-generation League of Justice. You basically have the same problems as all other teenagers, except with bigger explosions.Michael Marion Magdalene Morn was about a year old when he was found abandoned in a Wh [...]


    18. Well, here's another one of those reviews that were way too short, meaning that I have to edit it in some way. Well, maybe it wouldn't hurt for this one. Yeah, mainly because, well, I still haven't gotten some things off my chest. Ah, there comes a time where the first book (or movie) is amazingly written, with impeccable plotting, memorable characters, and happy endings that leave nothing open, meaning that you should never go back to it since it's finished. Then the creators (or author) makes [...]


    19. Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.I read John David Anderson's Sidekicked last year and throughly enjoyed it. I was on the committee that shortlisted it for the Cybil's. I liked the shades of gray in the story and the attempt to look at the good and evil combined in each person. The companion novel, Minion, has all of this and I liked it even more. This is a review of an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.There are those moments in your life, yo [...]


    20. My Summary – New Liberty. The city that nobody’s ever heard of. The town with two rival crime bosses (Tony Romano and Mickey “Six Fingers” Maloney). The town with no Super. The town that Michael Marion Magdalene Morn lives in, with his adoptive father, Professor Benjamin Edson. They make electronic boxes with unique powers, and sell them to the highest buyer. They do small crimes, only stealing what they need. It may help that Michael has a hypnotizing “gift”. Surprisingly, the town [...]


    21. After loving Sidekicked, I could not wait to get my hands on Minion. I love the author’s take on superheroes, giving it one of the more realistic twists when it comes to middle grade fiction. Minion is the story of Michael, who never felt wanted until he met his dad. Just because his dad creates special boxes for the local mob boss doesn’t mean he is completely evil, but it definitely complicates things. Michael has his own powers as well, he can manipulate people with his mind. It’s a ski [...]


    22. Michael was abandoned at a White Castle as a baby and raised in an orphanage near New Liberty, and is eventually adopted by his dad, who is a "mad scientist" who lives off the grid and events gadgets for evil doers. He takes very good care of Michael even though their home is a bit thread bare. Michael is friends with Zach Romano, another orphan adopted by Tony, who has New Liberty under his thumb in a Mafia-like way. The two like to hang out at the local mall and gawk awkwardly at girls, and th [...]


    23. This is a companion novel to Sidekicked. While that focused on young people training to be sidekicks to Supers, this novel introduces us to Michael Marion Magdalen Morn. He is an orphan who started growing up in a orphanage run by nuns before being adopted by his father. There is no question that his father loves and cares for him, but he is probably not the best influence for Mike.Mike has a power he can influence people by talking to them. It is not something that he generally does to cause a [...]


    24. Michael was an orphan living at St. Mary's until his dad adopted him. They live in New Liberty, a town with no superheroes or supervillains and they like it like that. Michael's dad invents little black boxes that do a number of things. Michael discovered at a young age that he does have a super power: he can influence people with his mind. Of course he doesn't use his power for evil. Mostly he just uses it to rob banks for his dad. New Liberty is controlled by mob boss Tony Romano who also empl [...]


    25. I enjoyed Sidekicked, but Minion was too much set up and not enough pay off for me. It doesn’t read like a book that’s going to have a sequel: it reads like a book that was cut in half.When reading children’s books, one thing that’s never good is when I get bored. I tend to have a better attention span than the target audience, and if I’m encouraging the book to hurry up and get a move on, I don’t consider that a win for a children’s book. That was very much the case with Minion.Wh [...]


    26. "There is a moment, before you open it, when a box can hold almost anything. It's the best and the worst moment, full of anticipation and possibility. The problem with me is that I always open it. I can't resist."That's Michael, the main character in Minion,who isn't evil but isn't "Captain Fantastic" either. In this second installment in the Sidekicked series, we are once again introduced to the theme of good vs. evil. Is anyone ever all bad or all good? This was a darker of the two books in th [...]


    27. So, not really a sequel to Sidekicked but more of another book in the same world. This book tells the story of Michael Morn, abandoned as a child, raised in an orphanage, and with the power to compel others to do his bidding. Sort of. As long as he maintains eye contact, focuses really hard, and suggests something that the person would at least be open to the possibility of. He gets adopted by a genius tinkerer who makes ends meet through robbing banks and selling gizmos (black boxes, actually) [...]


    28. I was blown away by Sidekicked and was looking for another funny, lighthearted read. Minion is a much darker book. The town of New Liberty is run by 2 crime syndicates, which divides the city into the have and have-nots. Our main character, Michael, is a have-not, but possesses a gift of controlling peoples minds to persuade them to do his bidding. He is the adopted son a criminal genius who builds boxes that have various abilities to help commit crimes. There is wavering lines of good and evil. [...]


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