Newton Newman's older brother, Chris, is a football star. Destined for college, he is about to play his final high school game and is the center of attention. Newt is intrigued by super heroes and has a notebook of heroes he has designed. He has two best friends - JJ, who is into books, and Cecil, who is into music. The friends are trying to decide who they will be for Halloween - JJ=book character; Cecil=Mozart; and Newt=Captain Nobody. Newt assembles a costume out of Chris's hand-me-downs which he has rescued from the laundry. He wears the costume to school, creating havoc. His brother is injured at his football game and is in a coma. The book has some great laughs and yet deals seriously with the issues of friendship and familial love.
We need to get in touch with "our inner other".