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Mar 14 2013

Factor 4: The awakening by Paul Mason

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A & C Black, 2013. ISBN 9781408180679.
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. If you could be a superhero, what type of hero would you be? In Factor 4: The awakening, four students face this question after they are exposed to a yellow gas. Zaf, Tara, April and Ian develop special powers after an accident. They have the powers of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.
This story is a quick-paced, short story with easy-to-read text. The superhero theme will be great for any reluctant reader, especially boys, and girls will like the female role-models.
Factor 4: The awakening is the first in a series and we not only meet the four main characters but also their teacher who teaches them to use their powers for good. The other theme I liked was the link to the environment. The group's goal is to help protect the environment and fix environmental disasters, a relevant topic for today's children.
Kylie Kempster

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