Salah Naoura

SUPERFLASHBOY

The hero of this story, Torben-Henrik, feels out of place in his family. He’d love to be a superhero, like his idol, Flashboy. He can do 40 push-ups and is pretty strong all-round. But he’s useless at music, unlike the rest of his family. When he holds a talk in front of his school class about Flashboy dressed up as his idol, he is abducted by two men who take him for the real thing, thinking that Flashboy has bunked off school again. They take Torben-Henrik along a secret tunnel to Hero City, where all the superheroes live. In this parallel world, Batman and Spiderman fly through the skies and Ms Coastguard teaches first aid. The real Flashboy, it turns out, isn’t a hero at all but a music nerd with polystyrene muscles who – just like Torben-Henrik – feels completely out of place at home. The two boys decide to swap families, with predictable consequences. The boys cause havoc in both worlds at home and at school before finally appreciating that they feel more at home in their real families than they ever realised.

Salah Naoura

Salah Naoura

Salah Naoura has translated many children’s, young people’s and non-fiction books, and has also written children’s literature. He received the Peter Härtling Prize and the LUCHS prize for Matti und Sami und die drei größten Fehler des Universums. He was awarded the prize for the best reading performance of the year.

 

 

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