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Super Zero: Zinc Alloy
Super Zero: Zinc Alloy
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Graphic Sparks

Super Zero: Zinc Alloy

by Donald Lemke
Illustrated by Douglas Holgate

Zack Allen loves comic books, but he's nothing like his favorite superheroes. He's always getting picked on by bullies at school. Then one day, Zack builds a high-tech robot suit. Now he must decide how to use his newfound powers. He has become Zinc Alloy, the world's newest superhero!

 
ISBN978-1-4342-0858-3
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Sparks
Age Level8-10 Years
Reading LevelGrades 1-3
GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
SubjectFantasy & Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Graphic Novels
Trim Size6 x 9
Page Count40
LanguageEnglish
Copyright2009
Paperback
Price
$5.95
 


 
 

Reviews

Library Media Connection - Audrey Irene Daigneault; West Side Middle School

"This colorful graphic story tells a predictable tale of the science student, who is bullied by his peers and loves comic books with superheroes. He builds himself a robotic suit that gives him numerous superpowers. The super robot stops a runaway train and scares the bullies into leaving his nerdy alter-ego alone. Cartoon style drawings enhance the text and help move the action along. Special features include a glossary, a history of comics, three discussion questions, three writing prompts, and the publisher’s web site with graphic adventures, a web history of comics’ timeline with a text that will be beyond the reading level of students who read this title, and a NASA robotics web site. This book will appeal especially to boys, and can be used as high interest low vocabulary material with students who have reading problems. I tried this with a small group of seventh grade boys who had various reading problems and received a favorable response from the group. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

June 1, 2009

San Diego Unified School District

"This action-packed comic-reader will entice even the most reluctant reader. Any child who’s ever been the victim of a “wet willy” or a “nuggy” will cheer out loud." - San Diego Unified School District

April 1, 2009

Good Books for Kids

"Well, I just discovered a whole new boy-friendly series courtesy of my 8 year-old son, Dave, who brought home two new Zinc Alloy books from his school's library. He raved and cooed about them, informing me that this was a new series being read 'by all the guys'. (And yes, some of the guys are girls.) Since the books are short -- containing under 800 words -- I was able to read both of them in a few minutes, and I pretty much liked what I found. [Note though that the reviewer for the School Library Journal thought they were 'bland', and that may well be for us adults, but sometimes we just need to listen to the kids, and if these books help children to love to read, well then, I'm going to pass on the good word.] In general the books seem to offer low levels of 'exciting adventure' and some fantasies of empowerment that I think youngsters can identify with. And unlike the popular Captain Underpants series, the Zinc Alloy series is written at a simpler level-- which I like since there isn't nearly enough books out there for book-lovin' little guys. Both books I read were in the low 2's. There is, however, one book in the series though that is at the 2.4 level. I think they'd be great for all those 5 year-olds that read above level. And even for guys like my Dave, who can read at a much higher level, but who still enjoys some fun and silliness. [Note, Captain Underpants is at the AR 4 level.] Revealed! (Zinc Alloy) by Donald Lemke Douglas Holgate (Illus.) Description: When Zack Allen reveals his secret superhero identity, his life changes and he's the coolest kid at school and the world's greatest athlete, but can he compete without the Zinc Alloy suit? * Paperback: 40 pages * Publisher: Stone Arch Books * ISBN-10: 1434208591 * amazon Word Count: 763 Reading Level: 2.0 Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 123901 Lexile: GN290L Coldfinger (Zinc Alloy) by Donald Lemke Douglas Holgate (Illus.) Description: While on a winter vacation with his family, Zack must stop a plot by Dr. Icee to freeze Metro City with a giant freezer ray and overcome his fear of sports after a bully challenges him to a ski competition. * Paperback: 40 pages * Publisher: Stone Arch Books (January 1, 2010) * ISBN-10: 1434223140 * amazon Word Count: 665 Reading Level: 2.1 Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 130909 Lexile: GN360L Super Zero by Donald Lemke Douglas Holgate (Illus.) Description: Zack is always getting picked on by bullies, but then one day, he builds a high-tech robot suit and must decide how to use his powers. * Paperback: 40 pages * Publisher: Stone Arch Books * ISBN-10: 1434208583 * amazon Word Count: 829 Reading Level: 2.4 Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 123903 Lexile: GN380L Zinc Alloy vs Frankenstein by Donald Lemke Douglas Holgate (Illus.) Description: When Zinc Alloy is chased by an angry mob out of Metro City he hides in an old house on the edge of town, but inside the house he faces his most frightening challenge yet, robo Frankenstein. * Paperback: 40 pages * Publisher: Stone Arch Books (January 1, 2010) * ISBN-10: 1434213919 * amazon Word Count: 860 Reading Level: 2.1 Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 127553 Lexile: GN410L http://www.booksforkids-reviews.com/2011/01/books-boys-love-zinc-alloy-by-donald-b.html" - Good Books for Kids

January 3, 2011

 
Donald Lemke

Donald Lemke

Donald Lemke works as a children’s book editor. He has written dozens of all-age comics and children's books for Capstone, HarperCollins, Running Press, and more. Donald lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his beautiful wife, Amy, toddling toddler, Cleo, and a not-so-golden retriever named Paulie.

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