Captain Superlative

Captain Superlative

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Janey, a quiet outsider, is inspired by the eccentric and enigmatic Captain Superlative, a masked superhero who runs through the halls of their middle school, performing radical acts of kindness.
Publisher: Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781368004275
136800427X
9781368005630
1368005632
Branch Call Number: FICTION Pul
Description: 245 pages ; 22 cm

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darladoodles
Feb 11, 2020

Supreme. Sensational. Special. Superlative. This book is reminder to all of us to be the superheroes in our stories. Our narrator is Jane. At the beginning of the book she describes herself as air. She wants to be invisible. Then she sees Captain Superlative in action. Jane begins to wake up; presses Captain Superlative for answers. "Why are you doing these things?" Jane asks her. Why open doors?
Why pick up papers? Aren't these just small things? Are they really things a superhero would do? Captain Superlative says, "Why would you think there's a difference between the big things and the small things?" Bingo! Small acts of kindness build one upon another; one person's acts add to another's. What would it look like if a whole class of 7th graders decided to be their own superhero?
This book is on the Mark Twain List for 2020-2021 as is "The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle." Both titles take residence in the heart of the reader and show us how to make the world better.

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booknrrd
Aug 20, 2019

A 2020-2021 Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 4-6).

Janey is a quiet outsider at her middle school, and that's how she has liked it since her mother died when she was in 3rd grade. Until one day a student comes to school dressed as a superhero and swoops to the rescue. Need a door opened? Captain Superlative is there! Dropped something? Captain Superlative is there! Being bullied? Captain Superlative is there! Janey finds it hard to continue to be a bystander.

This was sweet, a little heavy, and a little preachy. It touches on a lot of heavy subjects. Also it's not always super realistic. Can you imagine a school letting someone dress in a one-piece bathing suit, tights, cape, and mask every day? That's a dress code nightmare. There were other moments that seemed "made for TV" more than real life.

OPL_AmyW Jul 28, 2018

Middle schooler Janey wants nothing more than to stay invisible. Invisible kids don't get picked on. Invisible kids don't get hurt. But when Captain Superlative, a crazy kid in a purple wig, red mask, silver swimsuit, and tights, pulls Janey into her schemes, Janey is forced out of the corner and into the spotlight. 5th-7th graders will gain a new understanding of the words "superhero" and "kindness" reading this touching, inspirational novel by J.S. Puller.

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