Title: Chewy Noh and the Fall of Mu-dang
Author: Tim Learn
Publication: September 8th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Chewy Noh has problems. He was born with them. Two weeks after his birth, the family fortune-teller saw bad things in his future…and she was right. The school bully hates him and will stop at nothing to get rid of him. His mother suddenly can’t get out of bed, complaining of horrible headaches. And worst of all, the secret his grandmother is hiding may be at the root of it all. But why should he worry? He’s a superhero with a power no one’s ever seen before!
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A review copy was sent to me by the author himself in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion.
What sets this book apart from other superhero books is the kind of superpowers Chewy Noh has. I don’t know why he, in the first place, chose the superpower to ace every kinds of test while I would want acquire a superpower that can make me manipulate minds (that can lead to world domination, maybe? *evil smile*)
I love how this book voice out realism in a school setting. I may not have these kinds of experiences that Chewy experienced, but it’s a real portrayal of the things that happened and are still happening today. Bullying is a serious thing and one must not take it for granted because it can cause a lot of things like depression, and who knows where it will lead that person into?
“If you have a superpower, you have to help people. You can’t use it for those things people said. If you did, you wouldn’t be a superhero.”
Inasmuch realism it exemplifies, it also contains values that truly speak to the younger audience. Bullying is not the only thing rampant in our society that is evident in the book, but racism too as Chewy Noh is Korean and everyone in the school does things that prominently abuses his race. Well, it is no secret that there are some issues in America wherein Americans condescend Asians in school.
Moreover, this book has a wonderful story and teaches a lot of valuable things, but there were disappointments that I have encountered. One of them is that there were a lot of parts in the story that could have been better if they were detailed so that the whole scenario could have been better and well-explained. I also had problems with how chapters were ended; they were different and have no closure at all.
“With or without a superpower, a hero is supposed to help others, but sometimes, the best he can do is just not hurt them.”
Despite those negative thoughts, I like this book as a whole: the story it entails, the value it shows and the knowledge it imparts for the young ones and others are very important and play a good role in the story. With Chewy Noh from being a not-so normal child born in Korea transferring to a school in America to being selfless that led him to unbelievable things and unexpected twists that unveiled what his family is capable of.
Overall, it was a great middle-grade book, but was lacking on some parts that could have improved if written detailed. I definitely recommend this because it completely gives you the importance of values and how they can greatly affect your life.
3 swords for the awesome Chewy!
About the author:
Tim Learn has always loved books. While younger, he reads voraciously the classics and experimental forms of narrative. But, more recently, he’s backtracked and started enjoying authors like Gaimen, Sachar, and Clement. His writing tends to tackle issues of spirituality, paradigms, and the way we think. His love for reading and writing has only expanded by becoming an English teacher in Korea.
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