SMASH: Trial by Fire

By Chris A. Bolton
Illustrated by Kyle Bolton

“The full-color artwork is full of kinetic energy. . . . Smash pays homage to the genre while adding tweaks that make it all feel fresh.” — School Library Journal

Super strong. Super fast. Super young! When Andrew Ryan accidentally inherits the strength and abilities of his superhero idol, Defender, his dreams may have just come true. . . . or NOT. Fighting crime isn’t easy when you’re in the fifth grade, and it takes a lot more than superpowers to be a hero.

  • The webcomic-to-book success story is a well-known one, thanks to Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • The Batman, Superman, and comic book readers of the future might happily cut their teeth on this graphic storybook featuring an unlikely 10-year old with accidental superpowers.
  • Slapstick humor, archetypes, caricatures, and wise-cracking dialogue characterize this homage to and send-up of the classic Marvel superhero comics.

About the author

Chris A. Bolton has written comics, short fiction, stage plays, sketch comedy, and screenplays. He wrote and directed several short films and an acclaimed web series and recently completed his first novel. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he still dreams of acquiring art: a combo perfect for kids longing for a secret identity of their own.

About the illustrator

Kyle Bolton attended the Art Institute of Seattle and, since graduating, has worked for Electronic Arts and dozens of other game companies. He currently works for FlowPlay, Inc., doing 2-D and 3-D game animations.

ISBN: 9780763654061
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Dimensions: 242 x 179mm, 160pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $18.99
New Zealand RRP: $19.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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