Published by Disney-Hyperion
“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.
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.
- What is on your nightstand?
My alarm clock, mostly. It’s a pretty big clock and I live in abject fear of the alarm, so it has to be close at hand so I can shut it off before it goes off in the morning. I also have a ceramic owl that I inherited from my grandmother. It’s adorable and I’ve named it Ezri. I try not to keep books on my nightstand, because then I’m tempted to read in bed. If I read in bed, I’ll never sleep!
- What author would you totally fan?
How much time do you have? Because I could honestly go on forever. There are the classics of my childhood (Lois Lowry, J.K. Rawling, Jerry Spinelli), the titans of the theatre (Tony Kushner, Tom Stoppard, Stephen Sondheim…who totally counts), and some of my current favorites (Marissa Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Danielle Paige). But, ultimately, if I had to pick just one, it would have to be Jessica Cluess. Mostly because I know that she’s an incredible person.
- What makes you cringe?
My old Legend of Zelda fanfiction. People who pronounce the “t” in “often.” The fact that I know all of the lyrics to Starlight Express. And people who say, “Star Trek? Is that the one with Luke Skywalker?”
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Oh, I’m an obsessive planner. I like to write detailed outlines of my stories before I write them. I have a book series that I’ve been plotting for years, to the point where there’s actually a “show bible” of events, including the past, present, and future for all of the characters. But this isn’t to say that I’m married to my outlines. I definitely discover new things about the characters as I go. So I feel like I get the best of both worlds.
- Is there a word you love to use?
It doesn’t show up so much in my writing, but I have a tendency to use and abuse the word “groovy” in my everyday interactions.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of CAPTAIN SUPERLATIVE, US Only.
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