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Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero!

Book #1 of Mia Mayhem
Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez

About The Book

Meet Mia Macarooney, an ordinary eight-year-old who finds out she has an extraordinary super-secret in this first chapter book in the brand-new Mia Mayhem series!

Mia Macarooney is a regular eight-year-old girl who finds out that she’s A SUPERHERO! Her life literally goes from totally ordinary to totally super when she’s invited to attend the afterschool Program for In-Training Superheroes a.k.a. THE PITS! And the crazy thing is, in a weird meant-to-be sort of way, all of this news somehow feels super right. Because all her life, Mia thought she was just super klutz...but it turns out, she’s just SUPER! So now, it’s up to Mia to balance her regular everyday life and maintain her secret identity as she learns how to be the world’s newest superhero!

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Mia Mayhem chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.


Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! CHAPTER 1

Okay, I know this doesn’t look good. It definitely seems like a tornado just blew through my house. I spilled a whole bag of flour, broke a window, ran through the screen door, was licked by a bunch of dogs, and even got my shoe stuck in a tree.

But I have an excuse. Really, I do.

It’s been a super-exciting day.

Seriously super. Why?

Well, hold on to your socks. . . .

Here’s the deal:

You ready?

I. Mia Macarooney. Am. A. Superhero!

For. Real. Yours truly has superpowers!

And believe it or not, I just found out myself. In fact, my life was completely ordinary . . . until this afternoon.

I had a normal, uneventful day at school, and my best friend, Eddie, and I walked home, just like every other single day ever. At my driveway, I checked the mailbox like I always did. Except today, there was a tattered letter covered in stamps . . . addressed to me!

It said:

Uhh . . . the program for in training what? This couldn’t be real.

I wasn’t super. How could I be? I don’t have superpowers! I’d definitely know if I did, right? Plus, I have a bit of a reputation for causing chaos and mayhem wherever I go.

I never mean to . . . but the truth is, I’m a total disaster-machine! Like one time I kicked a soccer ball that broke a steel goalpost in half. Another time, I flooded the hallways after using the water fountain.

So, you see what I mean? This couldn’t be real.

I flipped over the letter to see if it said “GOTCHA!” on the back.

Nope. Nothing.

So I ran inside and triple-checked.

“You read that right. It’s true, honey!” my mom exclaimed when I showed her the letter. “We’ve been waiting forever. We went to the PITS too!”

I looked up at her in total shock.

“This letter sure traveled a long way. We’re thrilled for you, honey! You won’t be too far behind,” she said.

“Behind?” I asked.

“Well, you see, most kids start their training in kindergarten,” Dad said.

I grabbed the piece of paper and read it again.

“No way! My letter is three years late?” I exclaimed.

About The Author

Kara West would love to be a superhero, mostly so she can ask squirrels what they’re so nervous about. She lives with her own cats, who, unlike Chaos, spend more time sleeping than causing trouble. Thank goodness.

About The Illustrator

Leeza Hernandez, an award-winning illustrator and now children’s book author, hails from the south of England, but has been living in New Jersey since 1999. She works as an art director at a local magazine and in her spare time, creatively noodles with new ideas for books in her art studio. She loves to experiment with printmaking, pen and ink, digital collage, and painting.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (December 18, 2018)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534432697
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 550L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Awards and Honors

  • Sunshine State Young Readers' Award List (FL)
  • Monarch Award Master List (IL)
  • Otter Award Nominee (WA)

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