The Incredible Adventures of Absolutely Normal
The Incredible Adventures of Absolutely Normal

Samuel Christopher McCubbins is an extraordinary boy. Brave, creative, strong, charming, he is everything a hero should be. This book is not about Samuel. Instead, this book is about Albert, Samuel’s cousin, who is in every way absolutely normal. Yet when Albert is mistakenly whisked away to a land in peril, he is forced to look deep inside to find the hero within. Albert is not alone in this task. Along the way, he finds education, hope, and friendship from a dishonored knight, a flying bear, a fierce warrior girl, and a carousel horse rancher, among others. He grows to love the land, the creatures that inhabit it, and most of all, the parts of himself he never knew existed. But can he, even with his newfound strength, bear the weight of the heartbreak that awaits? Filled with magic, humor, and insight, The Incredible Adventures of Absolutely Normal is sure to appeal to children of all ages.

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Book Details

Genre: 

  • For Reluctant Readers
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12

In The Incredible Adventures of Absolutely Normal, cousins Samuel and Albert are living together after the death of Albert’s father. Since Albert’s mother needs family support, Samuel’s mom reorganizes their house, moves Samuel to an attic bedroom, and lets Albert use Samuel’s old room. Both boys are 10 to 11 years old, but that’s where the commonalities end. Samuel Christopher McCubbins seems almost perfect, while Albert Robert Thomas Jackson is as ordinary as can be.

Because his mother needs help after his father's death, eleven-year-old Albert moves in with his cousin Samuel's family. Although the boys are about the same age, the only thing they seem to agree on is that neither is happy with the new arrangements. Everyone says Samuel is perfect: his mother, his teachers, and all the girls at school. On the other hand, Albert is completely normal in every way and feels overshadowed by his seemingly flawless cousin.

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