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Captain Awesome vs. the Sinister Substitute Teacher

Book #16 of Captain Awesome
Illustrated by George O'Connor

About The Book

Captain Awesome faces off against an evil substitute teacher in the sixteenth adventure of the Sunnyview Superhero Squad!

It’s an ordinary day at Sunnyview Elementary for Eugene, Charlie, and Sally. At least until the classroom door opens and a teacher who isn’t Ms. Beasley walks in. And he’s not just any teacher—he’s a sinister substitute teacher! But where is Ms. Beasley?

Eugene can only think of one explanation: the evil substitute must have captured and hidden her someplace no one will find her…well, no one except the Sunnyview Superhero Squad, of course! With time running out and their favorite teacher on the line, it’s up to Captain Awesome and his crew to rescue Ms. Beasley!

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!


Captain Awesome vs. the Sinister Substitute Teacher

Worst day of the week?” Captain Awesome asked the Sunnyview Superhero Squad. The team had gathered at its top-secret headquarters in the tree at Captain Awesome’s house. The other two members of the squad, Nacho Cheese Man and Supersonic Sal, raised their hands.

Nacho Cheese Man said, “Any day I run out of spray cheese and have to fight evil the old fashioned way. With cheese slices.”

Supersonic Sal, the fastest superhero in Sunnyview, said, “Wednesday.”

“Hmmmm, why Wednesday?” Captain Awesome asked.

“Because Tuesday and Thursday are my piano lesson days, and Wednesday isn’t,” Sal replied.

But Captain Awesome knew what the real worst day was. “It’s Sunday,” he said. “Sunday is the last day of the weekend, and our crime fighting stops since we have to go to school.”

“But crime fighting never stops,” Supersonic Sal pointed out.

Captain Awesome thought about this and shrugged. “You’re right,” he replied. “But we can’t do as much crime fighting during the school week.”

“But what about Dr. Yuck Spinach and the Evil Crosswalk Orange Vestman? And worst of all, Little Miss Stinky Pinky?” Supersonic Sal said. “We have to fight those villains every day!”

“Well, we did do a lot of evil-fighting this weekend,” Nacho Cheese Man added. “I have the list right here!” He held up his cheesebook, a cheese-colored notebook that even had spots of green mold on it.

“Cheesebook Checklist Check-Off!” yelled Captain Awesome.

“We built a mighty Fortress of Protection in the backyard,” Nacho Cheese Man called out.

“And we patrolled the neighborhood on our Non-Subatomic Pedaling Machines,” Supersonic Sal said.

“And we closed the latch on Ms. Vallance’s gate so her dogs wouldn’t run away,” Nacho Cheese Man added.

“Right! And we put the lids back on Mr. Tootsnoot’s trash cans to keep them safe from Boom-Boom Raccoon,” Captain Awesome said. “Super Dude would be proud of the Sunnyview Superhero Squad!”

What? What’s that you say?!

You’ve never heard of Super Dude? Do you live in a meadow of unicorns and chase rainbows with cotton candy buckets?

Super Dude is the star of the greatest comic book series, the best TV show in the world, and the best video game ever! He once Dude-punched the Electric Eve-Eel so hard it was undersea lights out! More importantly, he’s the reason that Eugene McGillicudy, Charlie Thomas Jones, and Sally Williams became Sunnyview’s own superheroes!

But even Super Dude can’t stop the weekend from ending.

“Roly poly moley!” Captain Awesome suddenly cried out. “My Awesome Sense of Smell is smelling something . . . awful!”


Down below, Queen Stinkypants, who often disguised herself as Eugene’s baby sister, had just raced out from his house.

Eugene’s dad ran after her. “Stop her!” he yelled. “It’s a Stage Four diaper disaster!”

“Sunnyview Superhero Squad, it’s time to get MI-TEE!” Captain Awesome cried. The trio quickly—but carefully—climbed down the tree-house ladder.

“CHEESY YO!” Nacho Cheese Man shot a blast of pepper jack across the lawn. Queen Stinkypants turned to avoid it.

“SPEEDY GO!” Supersonic Sal ran toward the baby villain. Captain Awesome saw his chance. With two super leaps and a bound, he ran across the yard. Queen Stinkypants zigged, then zagged. But Captain Awesome was close behind.

About The Author

Stan Kirby tied a beach towel around his neck and became Super Commander Beach Boy when he was six years old. When Stan’s not creating the awesome adventures of Captain Awesome, he loves reading comic books, eating okra, and hang gliding (but not at the same time).

About The Illustrator

George O’Connor is the creator of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Olympians, in addition to serving as the illustrator of the Captain Awesome series. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Kapow!Ker-splash, and If I Had a Triceratops. He resides in his secret Brooklyn, New York, hideout, where he uses his amazing artistic powers to strike fear in the hearts of bad guys everywhere!

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (March 1, 2016)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481458580
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 640L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ M These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

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