Henry the Half-Time Hero

Henry the Half-Time Hero

By Paul A. Mendelson

Format: paperback

Publication Date: 28 Jul 2024


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Categories: Young Adult

ISBN: 9781916668874
eISBN: 9781835741597


Henry Jaffa has a problem. His mum teaches English at his school and his dad is head of PE.

But this isn’t the half of it.

Dad is secretly Orangeman, the most powerful superhero in the universe.

Unfortunately, and to Dad’s disappointment, Henry is merely half a hero. He has superpowers but they only turn up spasmodically. He has no idea which ones will kick in or how long they’ll stay. At first Henry had to be home-schooled; now it’s time for high school and pretending to be ‘normal’.

But when a nosy schoolgirl uncovers the family ‘secret’ and writes a not-so-fictional book about it, Orangeman’s nemesis, mad scientist Dr Arnold Cramp, figures out who Dad really is – and discovers a way to rob him of all his powers…

The only person in the world who can stop the evil, reboot Orangeman and make our world safe again is half-time Henry.

Can Henry win the day – or will his unpredictable powers fail him?



Paul A. Mendelson is a BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and author. He has created several hit BBC sitcoms, including May to December and My Hero. His ITV drama Losing It, with Martin Clunes, was much acclaimed. Paul has written ten books. He scripts his books and several have been optioned for movies. His novel Must Have GSOH was the only UK Finalist in the 2023 Screencraft Cinematic Book Contest.


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