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My So-Called Superpowers

My So-Called Superpowers

My So-Called Superpowers (Volume 1)

Heather Nuhfer; art by Simini Blocker

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The first book in a new middle grade series, Heather Nuhfer’s My So-Called Superpowers is a quirky and funny coming-of-age novel celebrating individuality.

More than anything, Veronica McGowan wants to fit in with the cool kids. There’s just one problem: they barely know she exists. Veronica wishes for something, anything to fix her nobody status—and gets more than she bargained for when she wakes up with “stupidpowers.”

Suddenly, her strongest emotions come to life for the whole school to see. She belches fire when she’s angry, dark clouds rain on her when she’s sad, and cutesy hearts pop up whenever she daydreams about her crush. She’s broadcasting her feelings likes living emojis—it’s a nightmare!

Veronica and her best friend Charlie must work together to solve the mystery before her powers totally humiliate her. Did she inherit these powers from her mom, who left long ago? What can she really do with them? And is that teacher at school really just a teacher or is she part of some secret government agency?

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Praise for My So-Called Superpowers:

“Readers will be delighted at Veronica’s relatable quirkiness... a whimsical, good-humored, straightforward take on just loving yourself for who you are.” —Booklist


“A hilarious tale of a girl so desperate to be cool that she defies her best judgment to get what she wants.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

My So-Called Superpowers is vibrant, lively, and hums along at a snappy pace. It has a genuinely warm, welco… More…

The first book in a new middle grade series, Heather Nuhfer’s My So-Called Superpowers is a quirky and funny coming-of-age novel celebrating individuality.

More than anything, Veronica McGowan wants to fit in with the cool kids. There’s just one problem: they barely know she exists. Veronica wishes for something, anything to fix her nobody status—and gets more than she bargained for when she wakes up with “stupidpowers.”

Suddenly, her strongest emotions come to life for the whole school to see. She belches fire when she’s angry, dark clouds rain on her when she’s sad, and cutesy hearts pop up whenever she daydreams about her crush. She’s broadcasting her feelings likes living emojis—it’s a nightmare!

Veronica and her best friend Charlie must work together to solve the mystery before her powers totally humiliate her. Did she inherit these powers from her mom, who left long ago? What can she really do with them? And is that teacher at school really just a teacher or is she part of some secret government agency?

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Praise for My So-Called Superpowers:

“Readers will be delighted at Veronica’s relatable quirkiness... a whimsical, good-humored, straightforward take on just loving yourself for who you are.” —Booklist


“A hilarious tale of a girl so desperate to be cool that she defies her best judgment to get what she wants.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

My So-Called Superpowers is vibrant, lively, and hums along at a snappy pace. It has a genuinely warm, welcoming Saturday-morning cartoon feeling to it.” —Tony Cliff, New York Times–bestselling author of the Delilah Dirk series

“Heather Nuhfer has hilariously and achingly captured what it’s like to be in middle school, trying to control the weird things that make you different but also super. And it’s impossible not to root for Veronica. Super real, super fun, and just generally and genuinely super.” —Dana Simpson, author of the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series

My So-Called Superpowers is a super-engaging read with plenty of action, mystery, humor, and heart. Readers will love Veronica and her adventures!” —Terri Libenson, author of Invisible Emmieand Positively Izzy

“All Veronica wants is to be special—to be noticed—but she gets much more than she bargained for. Readers will empathize with Veronica’s quest, and fall in love with this fun, heartwarming story about learning to embrace your individual quirks and the power of friendship.” —Rysa Walker, author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series and the Delphi Trilogy

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I know that a lot of people would say there are worse things than being completely forgettable, but I bet they haven’t spent much time at Pearce Middle School. Here the “Ests”—the...

Praise for My So-Called Superpowers

“Readers will be delighted at Veronica’s relatable quirkiness... a whimsical, good-humored, straightforward take on just loving yourself for who you are.” —Booklist

“A hilarious tale of a girl so desperate to be cool that she defies her best judgment to get what she wants.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

My So-Called Superpowers is vibrant, lively, and hums along at a snappy pace. It has a genuinely warm, welcoming Saturday-morning cartoon feeling to it.” —Tony Cliff, New York Times–bestselling author of the Delilah Dirk series

“Heather Nuhfer has hilariously and achingly captured what it’s like to be in middle school, trying to control the weird things that make you different but also super. And it’s impossible not to root for Veronica. Super real, super fun, and just generally and genuinely super.” —Dana Simpson, author of the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series

My So-Called Superpowers is a super-engaging read with plenty of action, mystery, humor, and heart. Readers will love Veronica and her adventures!” —Terri Libenson, author of Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy

“All Veronica wants is to be special—to be noticed—but she gets much more than she bargained for. Readers will empathize with Veronica’s quest, and fall in love with this fun, heartwarming story about learning to embrace your individual quirks and the power of friendship.” —Rysa Walker, author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series and… More…

“Readers will be delighted at Veronica’s relatable quirkiness... a whimsical, good-humored, straightforward take on just loving yourself for who you are.” —Booklist

“A hilarious tale of a girl so desperate to be cool that she defies her best judgment to get what she wants.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

My So-Called Superpowers is vibrant, lively, and hums along at a snappy pace. It has a genuinely warm, welcoming Saturday-morning cartoon feeling to it.” —Tony Cliff, New York Times–bestselling author of the Delilah Dirk series

“Heather Nuhfer has hilariously and achingly captured what it’s like to be in middle school, trying to control the weird things that make you different but also super. And it’s impossible not to root for Veronica. Super real, super fun, and just generally and genuinely super.” —Dana Simpson, author of the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series

My So-Called Superpowers is a super-engaging read with plenty of action, mystery, humor, and heart. Readers will love Veronica and her adventures!” —Terri Libenson, author of Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy

“All Veronica wants is to be special—to be noticed—but she gets much more than she bargained for. Readers will empathize with Veronica’s quest, and fall in love with this fun, heartwarming story about learning to embrace your individual quirks and the power of friendship.” —Rysa Walker, author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series and the Delphi Trilogy

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Heather Nuhfer; art by Simini Blocker

Heather Nuhfer writes for all ages, both children's books and graphic novels. She has penned numerous original stories for comic book titles including, Scooby Doo, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans GO!, Fraggle Rock, Lisa Simpson, and Monster High. Her My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic graphic novels are international bestsellers. My So-Called Superpowers is her first prose novel.

When she isn't writing, Heather loves to knit while watching bad 1990s action movies with her beloved furbaby, Einstein.