The Reading Guru is going to share an except today from YA superhero novel “The Madrona Heroes Register”.
“Know of any good hiding places around here?” The man realized that perhaps the little girl’s presence was to his advantage in solving his little mystery.
The little girl just looked at him, puzzled.
“My dog’s name is Rembrandt,” the man interrupted himself.
“Hi Rembrandt” the little girl said as she continued to pet the dog, a little more enthusiastically now.
“Rembrandt, he likes to play hide and seek, so I was wondering if you knew of any good spots nearby to hide out.”
Cassie thought for a moment, then asked: “Dogs play hide and seek?”
A trip to the hospital seemed to be approaching Binny with frightening speed, but her back foot felt glued to the back of her skateboard. As her foot pressed down on the back of the board, Binny tried to lean forward to get the front of the deck firmly back on the ground. Somewhere in her brain she knew that this wouldn’t do anything more than delay her epic fall by a few more seconds. But her survival instincts had taken over.
The man was getting nowhere. The little girl had no idea what he was talking about and this tiny spot on the Madrona hillside was quite unremarkable. No trenches. No trap doors. No empty tree trunks. As a child, the man had read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories translated into his native language. And in his current profession he’d found one of the famous fictional detective’s most famous quotes particularly useful: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
As the man reviewed the events of the previous day and his observations of the area, the voice inside his head telling him there must be another explanation grew ever more quiet. If there was nowhere for the little girl to hide, and there was nothing shiny nearby that could have produced that flash of silver light, then the inescapable conclusion was that the little girl was the first human on earth with a –
Binny screamed as she hit the ground. The skateboard had decided that Binny was no longer interesting company and shot out from under her like a missile. For her part, Binny was happy for the separation, landing squarely on her butt on the patch of grass running down the edge of the sidewalk. Binny slid several feet to come to a stop right in front of her sister, the strange man, and his large dog.
The Madrona Heroes Register
Author: Hillel Cooperman
Genre: YA Superhero Fantasy
Someone in ten-year-old Binny Jordan’s family has a super power – and it’s not her. Binny’s seven-year-old sister Cassie can turn herself invisible and now a strange man is keenly interested in what Cassie can do. Binny’s parents seem more distracted than ever, and her older brother Zach is hiding something of his own. Binny needs to find a way to protect her sister, but she’s never felt more alone.
Hillel Cooperman has pretended to be a superhero since he was a small child. He conceived of the story of the Madrona Heroes in the summer of 2012 on a trip abroad with his family. By winter, he had started writing in earnest. He lives in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle with his three children, their three cats, and thousands of Lego bricks. His superpower is procrastination. The Madrona Heroes Register is his first novel.
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