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Welcome to Superhero School by Gracie Dix – MTMC Tours


Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for Welcome to Superhero School by Gracie Dix! Welcome to Superhero School is the first book in The Vork Chronicles, a Middle Grade Fantasy adventure released on April 28th, 2020 from Toast Industries! Join Oliver, Jess, and all their friends in an action-packed journey of friendship, hardship, and humor to destroy the power-hungry, evil villains of Vork.

Title: Welcome to Superhero School
Author: Gracie Dix
Series: The Vork Chronicles #1
Publisher: Toast Industries
Publishing Date: April 28th, 2020
Genres: Middle Grade Fantasy
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Welcome to Superhero School! Join Oliver, Jess, and all their friends on a mission to destroy the power-hungry, evil villains of Vork. From subterranean sewers to lush jungle, from dinosaurs to dragons, our heroes will be pushed to their limits in ways they’d never imagined. Will their collective Powers—Flight, Morphing, Invisibility, Mind Reading, and more—be enough for them to overcome the malevolence of Vork? Or will they stumble over their own doubts and painful histories?

This action-packed journey of friendship, hardship, and humor will take our heroes to thrilling new heights and a deeper understanding of their own place in the world. But will that be enough—or will Vork always be one step ahead?


A Superhero School Playlist

Add these songs to a Spotify Playlist or Youtube Playlist to listen to while reading Welcome to Superhero School:

  1. Bang by AJR
  2. Superman (It’s Not Easy) by Five for Fighting
  3. My Hero by Foo Fighters
  4. Kryptonite by 3 Doors down
  5. Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones
  6. Come and Get Your Love by Redbone
  7. O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps
  8. I Want You Back by The Jackson 5
  9. Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  10. Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin

About Gracie Dix:

Graceanne “Gracie” Dix is a high school author.

She has been writing since she could hold a pencil.

When Gracie isn’t writing, she can be found singing, creating art, in the theatre, volunteering, or playing tennis. She loves to travel and is a loyal friend. Gracie lives in Dallas, Texas with her parents, Richard and Jennifer, her brother, Nate, whenever he is home from college, and her beloved dogs, Snowball and Sandcastle “Sandy.”

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Tour Schedule:

October 12
Book Briefs

October 13
#Bookish – A Librarian’s Literary Journey

October 14
Books, Tea, Healthy Me

October 15
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

October 16
Books and Bookends

October 17
Mermaid Reads

October 18
Krisha’s Cozy Corner

October 19
A Beauty & Her Books

October 20
Katherine Loves Books

October 21
Endless Pages

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Children's Lit Middle Grade Reads Weekly Reviews

Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie- MG Fiction Review

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Title: Scritch Scratch
Author: Lindsay Currie
Publisher: SourceBooks for Young Readers
Publishing Date: September 1, 2020
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Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this e-ARC

Scritch Scratch had me on the edge of my seat for the entirety of this story! I couldn’t put this down. I was asked to be on Lindsay’s street team for this novel and I have enjoyed getting to know her while helping her get the word out about this story. when I finally sat down to read it I couldn’t have been more impressed. Horror is not an easy genre to write for kids. You can’t make it too scary or it becomes too much, but you don’t want it to come off as too silly either. Kids like to be thrilled and scared sometimes! I know this will be recommended in my library to my students who love a good thrill!

The characters in Scritch Scratch are so relatable so I know students in grades 4-8 will be able to relate to them as well. There is a good blend of frightening scenes with realistic friendships, sibling relationships, and relationships with parents.

I would recommend this to fans of Goosebumps and Mary Downing Hahn books.

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Children's Lit Middle Grade Reads Weekly Reviews

Curse of the Night Witch (Emblem Island #1) by Alex Aster

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Title:Curse of the Night Witch
Author: Alex Aster
Publisher: Sourcebooks Young Readers
Publishing Date: June 9, 2020
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In the spirit of Percy Jackson, this epic fantasy adventure novel had me turning the pages as fast as I could! Emblem Island is a place of magic, but none like we have read about before. And when a young boy wishes for a future different that what he has been given, he ends up cursed along with his best friend, and a girl from his class. They must break the curse by finding the Night Witch.

What I found the most lovable about this trio is that they reminded me so much of Harry, Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter franchise. Tor, born with the leadership emblem, is our fearless hero, his best friend, Engle, is the lovable side kick, and Melda, is witty, brave, and sometimes annoying, but overall a wonderful friend to have by Tor’s side. This type of trio is often found in epic fantasies and is one of my favorite parts of the structure of these types of middle grade literature.

The most frustrating part was the ending… WHAT A CLIFF HANGER! I cannot wait to see what happens in book 2! I highly recommend this to fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, For readers ages 9- 14, and for anyone who needs a little magic and a little adventure in their lives.

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A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat: MG Book Review

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Title: A Wish in the Dark
Author: Christina Soontornvat
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publishing Date: March 24, 2020
For Ages: 9-12
Sensitive Topics: Racial injustice, prison, children born out of an affair
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This beautifully written fantasy novel weaves together a narrative about social injustice which is both timely to our current race climate as well as a good way to broach this subject with MG readers in a fun way. This book is about systemic classism taken to an extreme in a city where if a mother gives birth in a prison, that child is forced to grow up in prison. The system is set up where those who are poor can never make their way up in society.

The story focuses around three characters: Pong, who escapes prison at a young age, but still has a prison tattoo so he isn’t really free, Nok, who is the daughter of the prison warden, who find herself in a situation where she has to question what she has been taught to believe her entire life, and Somkit – who grew up alongside Pong in the prison, orchestrated his escape, and then helps him when Pong returns to the city.

I gave this story 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this as a diverse read by a diverse author, for students who love fantasy novels as they will find the subtle magic fun, and for those learning about social justice. What an important book to be published this year!

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Spark by Sarah Beth Durst – Review

Title: Spark
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publishing Date: May 14, 2019
Genre: MG Fantasy
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Synopsis

Spark is the story of a young girl, Mina, who lives in a world where dragons control the weather to make the weather perfect for their land. There are 5 types of beasts, Sun Beasts, Wind Beasts, Rain Beasts, Snow Beasts, and the most wild of them all, the Lightning Beasts. Mina is the quietest of her siblings. She doesn’t shout or make messes, she isn’t wild or brave. She is just quiet Mina. So when her egg hatches and a lightning beast whose name is Pixit appears, her family is in shock. They think that the egg was swapped and Mina was supposed to get a different egg. But Pixit reassures Mina that he is a reflection of her heart through their telekinetic link. Mina and Pixit are off to Lightning School where they will learn to control the storms and help protect her country. But there she learns that their perfect weather costs their neighboring countries more than they could ever imagine.

Review

Spark is about so much more than a girl and her dragon. Spark is about finding your voice and overcoming fear. Spark is about love, friendship, and family. Spark is a testament to all the quiet girls out there – that their voice matters.

In this book, I so strongly resonate with Mina, the main character, who is known to be very quiet. Although never confirmed or stated, Mina seems to suffer from social anxiety. She has a hard time getting herself into situations where she has to socialize with others or make friends, though once she does, she proves to be a good friend and happy with the chatter of others around her. She doesn’t say a lot, but when she says something, it is with purpose. Mina speaks best through written work which is something I totally relate to. I feel better about stating important things as well written documentation in some sort of way. I like to be able to think about what I want to say before I say it. Mina learns throughout the novel that she doesn’t have to be loud to be heard and that what she says, people listen to.

The world Mina lives in is amazing. At the beginning of the novel you learn about the different types of storm beasts and Mina seems to live in a sort of Utopia. She learns pretty quickly that their Utopia is at the cost of others – something we can all probably relate to in the real world. Those who live in prosperity seem to be living in it at the cost of someone else.

The storm beasts can communicate with their human through their mind which is a neat way for Mina and Pixit to still have a flowing conversation even though he is a dragon. Sarah Beth Durst’s writing also gives us great insight into the thoughts and emotions Mina feels even though there isn’t a tone of dialogue between her and other characters because she doesn’t speak much.

This book is fun, while still being thought provoking. I can only imagine the types of conversations I would have with my students with this book if they read it. I would recommend this book to middle grade readers, readers who love dragons, and fans of fantasy novels. I also found that this book has a really good anxiety representation which is not something that is often done well.

A huge thank you and shout out to the author Sarah Beth Durst who sent me an ARC of Spark to review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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