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The Greatest Superpower
The Greatest Superpower
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Capstone Editions

The Greatest Superpower

by Alex Sanchez
Illustrated by Brann Garvey

It’s the summer before high school, and thirteen-year-old Jorge Fuerte wants nothing more than to spend his days hanging out with his fellow comic-book-obsessed friends. But then everything changes. His parents announce they’re divorcing for a reason Jorge and his twin brother, Cesar, never saw coming—their larger-than-life dad comes out as transgender. Jorge struggles to understand the father he’s always admired, but Cesar refuses to have anything to do with him. As Jorge tries to find a way to stay true to the father he loves, a new girl moves into the neighborhood: cool, confident, quirky Zoey. She tames Jorge’s unruly terrier and enlists the terrier and Jorge in a dance routine for the back-to-school talent show. As the date of the show draws near, Jorge must face his fears and choose between being loyal to his brother or truthful about his family’s secret. Although he’s no superhero, Jorge already has the world’s greatest superpower—if he decides to use it.

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level10-14 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-8
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Page Count352

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School Library Journal - Taylor Worley, Springfield P.L., OR

"Well paced and engaging. . . . This tale provides representation and context for kids of transgender parents, readers exploring their own gender identities, or tweens wishing to better understand themselves. . . . Sanchez deftly weaves commentary on race, specifically in regards to Latinos, and inequality into his larger narrative. There is a lot to love here, and the hopeful, honest representation of a transgender parent is essential for all library collections." - School Library Journal

February 2, 2021

Kirkus Reviews

"While navigating gender, family, friendship, dating—and Cesar’s bid for student body president—Jorge learns a lesson about having the confidence to be yourself. This heartfelt novel avoids some pitfalls in representation. . . . Sanchez provides a nuanced depiction of navigating race, as readers see how the biracial brothers’ experiences diverge." - Kirkus Reviews

December 15, 2020