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There are lots of young girls with a best friend they think is so much prettier, funnier, and more popular than they are, that she almost seems to have superpowers. That’s just what it’s like for Louise, except that her friend Erica, aka Firegirl, really is a superhero. As Erica finds out more about her special abilities, Louise does what she’s always done for her friend: she supports her; looks after her; helps her keep up with her homework. It’s only when Erica goes public and when things start to go wrong, that Louise steps up from being reliable sidekick to hero in her own right. This original story for young girls explores lots of favourite themes – friendship, working out who you are and what you want – and wraps them in a fresh, exciting, confidence-boosting plot - great to see a girl wearing the superhero tights too! ~ Andrea Reece
Louise and Erica have been best friends since forever. They're closer than sisters and depend on each other for almost everything. Just one problem: Erica has superpowers. When Erica isn't doing loop-the-loops in the sky or burning things with her heat pulse powers, she needs Louise to hold her non-super life together. After all, the girls still have homework, parents and boys to figure out.
But being a superhero's BFF is not easy, especially as trouble has a way of seeking them out. Soon Louise discovers that Erica might be able to survive explosions and fly faster than a speeding bullet, but she can't win every fight by herself. Life isn't a comic book - it's even crazier than that.
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
'Burstein explores loyalty, common sense and growing up in a smart, confidence-boosting comedy for 11-plus girls that owes much to The Incredibles' Amanda Craig, New Statesman
'Othergirl is a blast. A great concept, the superhero's less overtly super best friend, and the story is so fun you hardly have time to breathe. A great book about friendship, being in the shadows, and being proud of who you are. Kapow!' -- Matt Haig
'One of my favourite reads this month. Such a brilliant concept... long overdue. Wise and warm story of friendship and self-belief and just the thing to recommend to fans of Geek Girl.' -- Fiona Noble Ones To Watch, The Bookseller
'Smart, geeky and hugely fun, this is a superhero story from the sidekick's perspective. Great stuff!' -- Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike
'Fantastic concept. Very funny and well paced, with an insightful tale of friendship at its heart.' Children's Buyer's Guide, Fiona Noble
|Publication date:||2nd April 2015|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
Nicole Burstein is a writer from North London. Over the years she's had lots of different jobs, including patrolling the Natural History Museum, presenting the traffic news on the radio, and demonstrating toys in Hamleys. Finally, she decided to focus on her passion for stories, and completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College whilst working as a children's bookseller. Among her other interests are comic books, nineties cartoon theme tunes, and cute pictures of animals wearing funny outfits.More About Nicole Burstein
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