Miles Taylor & the Golden Cape: Attack of the Alien Horde and Rise of the Robot Army

Attack of the Alien HordeAttack of the Alien Horde
by Robert Venditti
Grades 4 & up

Miles Taylor is an ordinary kid going through a difficult transition. His mom left and he and his dad have moved to a smaller apartment. This move also forces him to switch to a different middle school, where he has caught the attention of the school bully. But everything changes when he inherits the golden cape of Gilded, the seemingly invincible superhero who has been protecting Atlanta for 50 years. Now the power and responsibility rest on Miles’s shoulders (both literally and figuratively). Can Miles figure out how to work the cape in time to save the Earth from an alien attack? Luckily, his new friend Henry is obsessed with Gilded. With Henry’s help, he just might be able to do this. A clever and well-written look at the ins and outs of becoming a superhero. Fun comic strip panels show Gilded’s adventures whenever Miles dons the cape. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.

Rise of the Robot ArmyRise of the Robot Army
by Robert Venditti
Grades 4 & up

Miles Taylor has spent a wonderful summer as Gilded, the superhero who saves Atlanta from catastrophe and disaster. It is very hard to return to being an ordinary middle school student. He realizes on the very first day of eighth grade that he doesn’t want to go back to being a nobody. But the cape doesn’t work for selfish reasons, so he has to expanded his field of trouble to look for. When both his father and his best friend (and partner in crime fighting) Henry call him on this new behavior, he runs off. He ends up landing himself and Henry in the worst situation possible — in the clutches of someone who wants to end Gilded forever. This second novel in the Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape series is just as good as the first one, exploring a different side of being a superhero. Readers will definitely want to start at the beginning. Recommended for grades 4 & up.

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