It's Superman! Book Summary and Study Guide

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Lex Luther is an evil super Villain who is committing crimes, and he must be stopped by Superman. Lex Luther is an evil super Villain who is committing crimes, and he must be stopped by Superman. Clark Kent, who is also Superman, is involved in an altercation in which a man is killed. The police's story states that Clark Kent tried to stop a wanted man. When the wanted man tried to shoot Clark, the wanted man's gun malfunctioned and shot back at his head. However, the true events were that when the wanted man tried to shoot Clark, the shot ricocheted off of Clark and killed him. This situation makes Superman Clark Kent evaluate the situations he is putting himself into. Clark's life begins to crumble before his eyes as his mother dies.
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Meanwhile, a writer named Lois Lane sees trouble with her boyfriend. Lois' boyfriend Willi witnesses the evil super villain Lex Luther and his men kill several people. Lex Luthor pins the murders on Willi and Willi is blamed for the whole thing. Lois helps Willie hide out from the cops who want him for the murders. While Willie is hiding out in Smallville, he becomes acquainted with Clark Kent. Clark and Willie decide to leave Smallville together and explore the world.

Clark and Willi end up in Hollywood. Willi is spotted by the police and taken in. Clark helps Willi escape from the police. Clark and Willi decide to go see Lois. When Clark sees Lois, he falls in love with her. Lois explains to Kent and Willi that all charges of crime that have been building up against Lex Luthor have been dropped because Luthor destroyed all the evidence against him. Luthor quits his position in politics and begins building sophisticated armed robots named Lexbots in his company's offices.

Luthor's men get into a shootout with a faithful follower of an opposing political party named Paulie Scaffa. Clark appears as Superman to save Paul, but is attacked by a nearby Lexbot. Superman and the Lexbot get into a vicious fight which leaves the block on fire. Superman eventually defeats the Lexbot.

The next day, new information arises that the evidence against Lex Luthor had not really been destroyed. This evidence, combined with new evidence which Lois Lane found from Luthor's company, is enough for the police captain to call for Lex Luthor's arrest. Superman goes to see Lex before he is arrested. Lex expresses how he views Superman as an excellent nemesis. Lex Luthor throws his assistant out of the building and Superman goes to rescue him. Lex Luthor gets away in that moment.

In the end, Clark begins to hate his Superman side because it brings stress on him. Like the fact that Lois is in love with Superman but not Clark. Clark begins sobbing while watching a play with Lois. Lois looks into Clark's eyes, and Clark realizes that his love for her will always encourage him to do good for the world.
Best part of story, including ending: What I liked about this story was that Superman realized that his love for Lois Lane will help him do good for the world. Even though she loved Superman and not Clark, Clark used his love for her to move on.

Best scene in story: My favorite part of the book was when Lex Luther explains to Superman that he is a great rival. I loved this part because it was great to see dialogue between the superhero and the villain.

Opinion about the main character: What I liked most about Superman Clark Kent was that he was able to keep his identity a secret. Most people would not be able to hold something like that in, especially when the girl you love loves your secret side.

The review of this Book prepared by Alex Peterson a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 40%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   superhero Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   can fly


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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