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The Good for Nothings


They’re only good at being bad.

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Cora Saros is trying her best to join the family business of theft and intergalactic smuggling. Unfortunately, she's a total disaster. After landing herself in prison following a heist gone wrong, she strikes a bargain with the warden: He'll expunge her record if she brings back a long-lost treasure rumored to grant immortality.

Cora is skeptical, but with no other way out, she assembles a crew from her cellmates—a disgraced warrior from an alien planet; a pirate who claims to have the largest ship in the galaxy; and a glitch-prone robot with a penchant for baking—and takes off after the fabled prize.

But they soon discover that not only is the too-good-to-be-true treasure real, but they're also not the only ones on the hunt for it. And it's definitely a prize worth killing for.


“Don’t move!” The guards were blocking us from all sides. There was only one way out. And as far as I could see, that way was to plow directly through them.

I held up my hands to placate Roo as he pointed his blaster at my forehead. “Sorry, okay? We’re sorry. We’re leaving.”

“In chains,” a female guard piped up.

“Well, before we do that, I have to ask… do any of you happen to have plans for the rest of the day? Meetings to go to? Net programs to watch?”

“No,” grunted Roo. “Why?”

“Oh. Splendid.” I dropped my arms and shook out my sleeves, letting a stun grenade fall into each hand. “Because you’re about to be unconscious for the next ten to twelve hours.”

Then I pulled the grenades’ pins with my teeth and lobbed the weapons through the air.


"Humorous and irreverent ... A healthy mix of sarcastic banter, bathroom humor, light romance, and things that go boom round out the action with a satisfying [...] happy ending. ... A great pick for fans of Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy." —School Library Journal

"With this star-hopping romp, Banas pits her eclectic band of larceny-minded misfits against a hostile universe, forcing them to come together as a makeshift family. ... The quirky characters, who are fleshed out by attributes such as tough Anders’s constant flight sickness and Elio’s insistence on a favorite food despite his inability to eat, share an endearing earnestness. A fun, galaxy-spanning treasure hunt with plenty of action and heart." —Publishers Weekly

"This was a very entertaining read! A group of ragtag thieves, a warrior, a human, an elf-like thief, and a bot that likes baking but can't eat join together in a space adventure in search of a lost artifact. I loved the premise and I couldn't stop laughing." —Milky Way of Books

"There are so many aspects of the book that I adored, including heists and a misfit group of criminals, and the tone of the book is so fun. I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a quirky and original read. ... This book is very fast-paced, and it will both put a smile on the reader’s face and leave them on the edge of their seat." —The Candid Cover

The Supervillain and Me:

"Get ready for a wild ride in this zany, high-action thriller about good versus evil in the comic-book-universe city of Morriston. ... Realistic high-school scenarios and well-drawn characters add to the thought-provoking layers embedded in the action that address such tough issues as the prospect of high-tech mind control to solve crime and the devastation violence wreaks on families. Best of all, with a nod to gender equity, Abby does just fine helping to right her world in the climactic final scene, even without superpowers." —Booklist

"Underneath all of the action and intrigue of this adventure lies an interesting premise: living amongst superheroes from the point of view of the ordinary and powerless. Banas adeptly keeps readers guessing about Iron Phantom’s identity and provides plenty of romantic tension, which will satisfy even die-hard fans of the genre." —School Library Journal

"Hilarious ... A zany, action-packed adventure ... Especially appealing is Abby discovering that her capabilities are different but equally as significant as the boys’, with neither spandex nor superpowers necessary." —VOYA