I’m hosting an excerpt from YA superhero fantasy novel “The Madrona Heroes Register”. Hope you enjoy the excerpt!
When Binny arrived, Zach was yelling at Cassie for straying too far from the house. He was pretty angry.
“You were more than two houses away from home.” Zach lectured his baby sister.
“No I wasn’t.” Cassie responded angrily.
“One. Two. Three. Four.” Zach counted the houses up the street. “Four is not two. It is four. And the rule is two. Not four.” Zach was really upset now.
“Binny said I could break all the rules.” Cassie was now pointing at her sister.
“You said what?” her brother turned to Binny accusingly. Binny’s eyes widened as she sputtered in defense.
There was something different in her brother’s voice. “I didn’t say that. And I told that girl next door to keep an eye on her. It’s not my fault that she didn’t listen.”
“Yes you did!” screamed Cassie. You said I could break all the rules and go wherever I want. You said it! You said it!”
“Are you insane??” Zach glared at Binny.
“I, I, I…” Binny stuttered.
“What is that smell?” Zach started wondering. “Is that you? You smell awful.”
Cassie didn’t miss a beat and held her nose with a loud “Pee-yoo”.
“I sat in dog poop.”
Zach started laughing, and it turned out Binny’s tear tank wasn’t empty after all. At the sight of Binny sobbing, Zach stifled further laughter and turned serious, awkwardly trying to comfort her with a soft, “Sorry. Sorry. It’s ok.”
Zach mercifully changed the subject by turning his attention back to Cassie’s transgression. “She was talking to that scary man and his scary dog again. You shouldn’t have told her to break the rules.”
Binny now started screaming through her tears. “Break the rules? Break the rules? You were the one who told me that she was fine on her own. And knew how to use her brain. I told you about that man who was talking to her, but you didn’t listen. Neither of you would LISTEN to me.” Binny’s anger was rising even further and now it was Zach’s turn to be defensive.
“I’m not the one who told her to go wherever she wanted. If something had happened, this would have been YOUR fault!” Zach was yelling too now.
The yelling and pointing escalated back and forth between Binny and Zach. It had started out heated and now it was growing out of control. The kids were name-calling and trading shouts back and forth. Each was blaming the other for what might have happened to their sister. Cassie, standing between them, tried to shield herself from their verbal blows.
First her hands went to her ears, and then she lowered herself into a half crouch. And then, the thing that the man had suspected, the thing the man hadn’t actually seen, the very thing the man was deep down certain had happened – did actually happen.
Bright silver tendrils of light snaked their way around Cassie’s limbs, body, and head. They looked like ivy made of white lightning. The ivy grew quickly to form a loose web around the little girl. Suddenly, Cassie herself appeared to go out of focus, like they were looking at her through a camera where the lens had been zoomed in too far.
Zach and Binny’s argument halted abruptly mid-sentence as they both stared at Cassie. The two children froze – and then, before they could say or think anything at all, their baby sister, curls and all, winked out of existence.
About The Book
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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