Dull Boy, by Sarah Cross (Dutton Books, 2009)

Gifted with the powers of super-strength and flight, Avery struggles to put them to good use without giving away his secret identity or becoming any more of an outcast than he already is. Things seem to improve when he meets other teenagers also possessing superhuman powers, but personality conflicts threaten to tear them apart, especially after the beautiful, manipulative Cherchette attempts to recruit them for her own mysterious purposes. As Avery and his new friends attempt to find their own place in the world, they tangle with Cherchette and discover the secrets behind their powers. Cross’s debut is a strong one, with a cast of memorable characters and a thoughtful look at how being different can either alienate or unite people.

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