Happy Book Birthday to J.S. Puller’s Captain Superlative!
“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.
At Dearwood Park Middle School, Janey is content with being Just Plain Jane because the alternatives are much worse. By flying under the radar, Janey is less apt to get picked on by Dagmar Hagan who to adults is the service-award-winning star of the soccer team, but to students is a brutal bully. Although Janey has witnessed Dagmar picking on fellow classmate Paige, she does not feel compelled to step in until….she meets Captain Superlative.
Unlike Janey, Captain Superlative has no problem with the spotlight. Wearing her superhero costume, her mission is to spread kindness to all students including Dagmar. Janey is intrigued by the masked student. Who is Captain Superlative? What is her motive? Once Dagmar crosses a line with Paige, Janey’s invisible cloak disappears, and she becomes Captain Superlative’s sidekick holding open doors, passing out study guides, giving out mints, and most importantly realizing she can do good things instead of just breezing by. When Captain Superlative is absent from school for three days, Janey get worried. She uncovers the superhero’s secret which not only resurfaces the past but also makes Janey question who she really is. Is she really Plain Jane or Janey with an exclaimation point?
This story really drew me in, and it was difficult to stop reading. Once Janey made the choice to stand up for Paige and join Captain Superlative, she truly blossomed. By performing simple acts of kindness, she discovered that she can make a difference. While Captain Superlative’s secret hit Janey hard, it also forced Janey to think about her identity. Who is she and what does she stand for? Middle school is tough to navigate, and readers will definitely be able to relate to Janey’s journey. Similar to the Julian Chapter in Wonder, readers also learn a revelation about Dagmar which does not excuse her awful actions but helps you better understand them. I must admit that Captain Superlative was my favorite character because she reminds us of the importance of being someone and doing the right thing. We can all be superheroes.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Captain Superlative in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own.
J. S. Puller a playwright and debut author from the Windy City, Chicago. She has a master’s degree in elementary education and a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Northwestern University. She is an award-winning member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and is actively involved in researching the social-emotional benefits of arts education with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. When not writing, she can usually be found in the theatre. Her play, WOMEN WHO WEAVE, was published by Playscripts, Inc.
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