Archvillain #2: The Mad Mask by Barry LygaArchvillain #2: The Mad Mask by Barry Lyga

Archvillain #2: The Mad Mask

byBarry Lyga

Paperback | January 1, 2012

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The second installment in acclaimed author Barry Lyga's Archvillain series!

Things haven't been going well for Kyle since Mighty Mike became the new town hero. He's pretty sure he could fix this disaster if he could expose Mike's secret (he's an alien), but to do that Kyle would have to admit he is the Azure Avenger-the unintentional town archvillain.

One night a new masked hero, aptly named the Mad Mask, arrives, boasting to the Azure Avenger of an off-the-charts IQ and superior superpowers. Yet the Mad Mask has come seeking intellectual assistance in building Ultitron (the robot of all robots). In exchange he offers to allow the Azure Avenger use of the awesome Ultitron to rid the world, or at least Bouring, of Mighty Mike. Forging alliances isn't usually Kyle's style, but it seems he has no choice. While Kyle agrees to help, he also has another plan: finding out who the Mad Mask is and how he got his powers. Because the last thing the Azure Avenger needs is another mindless archvillain hanging around town!

Barry Lyga is the author of Archvillain, the first novel of Kyle Camden's adventures. He's also the author of several critically acclaimed YA novels, including The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, as well as its follow-up Goth Girl Rising; Boy Toy; and Hero-Type. Barry lives in Brooklyn, New York. When he's not writing, ...
Title:Archvillain #2: The Mad MaskFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.56 × 5.24 × 0.55 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545196531

ISBN - 13:9780545196536


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. In the last month I have read five of Barry Lyga's novels. Each was a great read. But this is the first in a direct series. It was interesting watching the progress of Kyle's character from the first book and through to the end of this one. In this installment we find out that a third person was affected by the radiation from space that brought Mighty Mike to Earth and gave Kyle his invulnerability and his super intellect. But we also find out during the course of the story that 5 children in total went missing that night. We can only wonder if more of them will show up with powers as the series moves on. The Mad Mask tracks down Kyle and his villain name, The Azure Avenger. He proposes creating a giant robot, Utilitron, to wipe beauty from the world. At first Kyle falls under the Mad Mask's spell but soon he realizes not all is as it appears. This is a wonderful middle grade story that children will love and parents will enjoy reading with them. It has adventure, super heroes, villains, a giant robot and the unexpected. It was great fun to read and I look forward to book three.
Date published: 2012-04-10

Read from the Book

From The Mad MaskKyle landed a few feet away from the interloper and took him in. He was tall and lanky, draped in a dark green cloak. His hands-the left one of which held the costume up in the air like a trophy-wore heavy leather gauntlets that matched his buckled boots. But most impressive was the mask.It was jet black, shaped like two half-ovals that had been joined off-center, such that one protruded at the top and the other at the bottom. An inlaid ivory tear wept down one cheek. Both eyes glowed green."Greetings," the figure said. He chuckled, the sound low and echoing in the mask.Kyle darted toward him, a blur of speed, reaching out for his costume. Before his fingers could touch it, though, he saw and heard a loud, hot, electrical crackle that jerked his arm so powerfully he felt as if it would come right out of his shoulder socket. At the very same instant, the power of that shock spun him around and threw him back ten feet to smack against a tree.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Archvillain"Good, snide fun." -Kirkus Reviews "Who is the good guy and who is really the archvillain? Tune in next time." -School Library Journal"Lyga laces his story with ample humor . . . Readers will find plenty to ponder, from guessing Mike's true motivations to debating whether Kyle is a hero-or a villain in the making." -Publishers Weekly"Lyga displays a nice grasp of superhero tropes . . . that middle-grade boys should flock to with much enthusiasm." -Booklist