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Mayhem and Madness

Chronicles of a Teenaged Supervillain

J. A. Dauber

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Holiday House
12 April 2021
Bailey never meant to be the bad guy in the bulletproof robotic suit, but with every mission he gets closer to finding his father . . . and he can't stop now.

Bailey never meant to be the bad guy in the bulletproof robotic suit, but with every mission he gets closer to finding his father . . . and he can't stop now.

Bailey is a pretty average sixteen-year-old in a pretty average town. He runs track, gets decent grades, and has an unrequited crush. So what is a super-powered flying suit of computerized armor doing twenty feet under his boring suburban home? Bailey needs to know where it came from, if it belonged to his long-missing father, and most importantly, if it can be used to bring his dad back.

This lightning-fast adventure inspired by classic comic book tales pushes a good kid to his limits and questions the difference between a hero and a villain. One day he's getting beat up by the captain of the football team, the next day he's robbing banks on Fifth Avenue, stealing diamonds from Tiffany's, and zooming through aerial dogfights. But how much bad is Bailey willing to do to bring his dad home safely?

For fans of Iron Man, superhero stories, and dark humor.

An ILA-CBC Young Adults' Choice!
By:   J. A. Dauber
Imprint:   Holiday House
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 132mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   261g
ISBN:   9780823447343
ISBN 10:   0823447340
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   12 April 2021
Recommended Age:   From 12 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

JEREMY DAUBER grew up devouring classic science fiction and comic books. A professor at Columbia University, he is the author of several adult nonfiction works including Jewish Comedy- A Serious History. Mayhem and Madness is his debut novel for young readers. He lives in New York City with his wife and his three young children, who insist on making him the supervillain in their games every single time.

Reviews for Mayhem and Madness: Chronicles of a Teenaged Supervillain

Clever twists and turns here along with strong character work. Bailey is a compelling protagonist, and the author smartly shades his parents enough to make their relationship just as interesting. . . . A nifty mystery with pleasant superhero twists. -Kirkus Reviews Bailey's comically honest narrative voice will pull readers along for the adventure with its endlessly engaging style. Dauber's debut novel offers a hero's journey from the perspective of a villain, perfect for fans of superhero stories in search of something new. -Booklist the high-flying action and military-grade violence are a selling point in and of themselves for this novel, which ends with some suggestion of more Mayhem to come. -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


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