"Have no fear, citizens! Captain Superlative is here to make all troubles disappear!"
Red mask, blue wig, silver swimsuit, rubber gloves, torn tights, high top sneakers and . . . a cape? Who would run through the halls of Deerwood Park Middle School dressed like this? And why?
Janey-quick to stay in the shadows-can't resist the urge to uncover the truth behind the mask. The answer pulls invisible Janey into the spotlight and leads her to an unexpected friendship with a superhero like no other. Fearless even in the face of school bully extraordinaire, Dagmar Hagen, no good deed is too small for the incomparable Captain Superlative and her new sidekick, Janey.
But superheroes hold secrets and Captain Superlative is no exception. When Janey unearths what's truly at stake, she's forced to face her own dark secrets and discover what it truly means to be a hero . . . and a friend.--from the publisher
256 pages 978-1368004275 Ages 10-13
Definitely a heart-tugging book. There is a deceased parent (but supportive father), bullying, child abuse, and a child dying of cancer. All very well done and well written. I can see this doing well as a class read aloud, encouraging kindness.
For my own personal taste, it was a bit too quirky and a tad didactic, but I can see it doing well with some populations.
Reviewed by Karen Yinglng, Library Media Specialist, Ohio USA
See more of her reviews at: msyinglingreads.blogspot.com