This funny book with lots of action is a good choice for boys, especially reluctant readers. Nathan is a relatable underdog and easy to root for. His friends are loyal, smart, and supportive and his family is loving. There are a few gross parts -- a fork gets stuck in Nathan's head (but he doesn't feel pain) and he cannot digest food, so he must throw it up -- but the over-the top-nature of this content makes it more amusing than scary. Overall, it's a fun, quick read about an outcast who gains some superpowers and triumphs over the mean popular kids.