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Rick VanzuraChief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Gamestop & Former Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Borders

Gracie Dix is ready to join the ranks of America’s next wave of great fantasy/adventure writers. Welcome to Superhero School is a page-turner where Oliver, Jessica, classmates and teachers take on supervillains and each other in wave after wave of densely-layered exploits. The book will leave you breathless and waiting for the sequel.

Rick Vanzura
Chief Strategy and Business Develop Officer 
GameStop

Former Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer
Borders

Larry JamesPresident and CEO, CitySquare & Author, House Rules: Insights for Innovative Leaders and The Wealth of the Poor

Part Marvel action comics, part Harry Potter, this well written novel for teens will keep your pages turning for sure! Welcome to Superhero School grabs you from the first page, takes you on a fantastical adventure with a diverse cast of characters, and leaves you wanting more. Gracie Dix is a gifted young author, who knows how teens speak and think. What I admire most about this book is that the characters must learn to accept themselves, work with others, and persevere in order to meet the many challenges they face. Filled with peril and unexpected twists, this novel had me imagining what the movie would look like. If you enjoy fantasy fiction, you will love Welcome to Superhero School!

I can’t wait to read the sequel!

Larry James
President and CEO
CitySquare

Author
House Rules:  Insights for Innovative Leaders and The Wealth of the Poor

Janis DworkisEditor

As parents, we’re always looking for books to engage young people in a thrilling reading experience. We want them to engage with strong characters, become a part of the action, and have a stake in finding out how it will all “turn out.” (We want them to love reading as much as we do!)

Welcome to Superhero School checks all those boxes and more for the preteen and young teen crowd. With action that begins in the first line and follows nonstop throughout the book, the reader is always engrossed in the plot, surprised by the what the villains of Vork come up with and the creative ways our superheroes respond. Even so, things are not always what they seem to be, and everyone is in store for some surprises.

While young readers will respond to the excitement of the action, parents will definitely appreciate the relationships between the large cast of superheroes and their families. Our superheroes bring out the best in each other with their loyalty, genuine concern, humor, and honesty. This book proves that the worst of teen language and actions aren’t necessary to reveal the deepest of emotions and truths. These are teens we wish we all knew, super powers or not!

Janis Dworkis
Editor

Paige McDanielPresident & CEO, Community Partners of Dallas

Welcome to Superhero School starts with a blast and just keeps going!  Every teen and young adult I know will love reading this amazing novel by first-time author, Gracie Dix.  With twists and turns galore, our teen superheroes navigate controlling their awesome superpowers – as well as fighting evil and learning about family, friendships, and team work.  Fast-paced and charmingly frantic with exciting plot twists on every page, this is a fun romp through a world we normally only see at the movies.  Two thumbs up!

Paige McDaniel
President & CEO
Community Partners of Dallas

Larissa LintonCo-Founder, Heroes for Children

This is a story of superheroes, but it is also a story of friendship and perseverance. Again and again, the characters practice problem solving and never giving up. They learn that both asking for and accepting help are an important part of success. They learn that sometimes it’s hard to be a part of a team, and that you must learn to work together. They learn to value their differences and to celebrate each other’s successes. These are life lessons we all need to learn. That these lessons are wrapped into a fast-paced book filled with exciting adventures makes Welcome to Superhero School a sure hit for both readers and parents alike!

Larissa Linton
Co-Founder
Heroes for Children

Anné HughesDirector of Fine Arts, Shelton School

As a Theatre Educator and Director of Fine Arts, I am immensely impressed with this wonderful debut novel by a gifted young author. Welcome to Superhero School is fast-paced and loaded with characters who truly care for one another. The novel reads like a screenplay. I could easily see this becoming a graphic novel or comic book series. I think that adding illustrations would be a bonus as well, as the vivid writing causes the reader to visualize the characters and their actions. In conclusion, I am filled with amazement with this inaugural manuscript and look forward to seeing more from this creative and enterprising young author.

Anné Hughes
Director of Fine Arts
Shelton School

Cinda ThomaAssistant Director of Library & Information Services, St. Mark's School of Texas

Welcome to Superhero School offers a deep dive into a fantastical realm for devoted middle school fans of the superhero genre. The book has great imaginative appeal with a teacher who secretly assigns a heroic mission to a few supernaturally gifted students, a character whose hair transforms into a “light blue glowing whip” to lasso an evil shadow, a dog who morphs into a girl and back again, students who shoot water out of their palms to put our fires, and so much more. But even more significantly, the theme of good overcoming evil, believable dialogue, and richly descriptive action are certain to capture the interest of many superhero enthusiasts.

Cinda Thoma
Assistant Director of Library & Information Services
St. Mark’s School of Texas

Mim McFarlandMiddle School Library Assistant, Falls Church, VA

Fans of Superhero novels will enjoy this fast-paced, action-packed struggle between good and evil. A wide variety of Superhero powers are on display, as a group of Superhero friends work together to face the dark powers of Vork. Creative plot twists and humor keep the reader engaged. In addition, the teen author has a great ear for dialogue. Conversations are realistic—but without the coarse language or profanity that can sometimes be an issue in Young Adult books. 

Another plus is that it looks like Welcome to Superhero School might be the first in a series, The Vork Chronicles.  Middle-schoolers love series! For anyone who loves reading about the Superhero battle against evil, I would definitely recommend Welcome to Superhero School.

Mim McFarland
Middle School Library Assistant, Falls Church, VA

 

Jessica Perez

Welcome to Superhero School is an action packed read with a heartwarming message of finding strength within yourself, teamwork, and how relationships truly MATTER. This exciting story is perfect for tween/teen readers. Middle school and high school readers will love this fast-paced book about teens trying to escape the villains of Vork.

Jessica Perez
Mrs. Perez Teacher Tools