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Storybox Playlist: So Many Superheroes

Superheroes are pretty much our thing at Sparkle. We've got superheroes of all shapes and sizes, ages and backgrounds. Each and everyone of us, that means you Sparklers, has a superhero inside of us. It's just a matter of identifying what you are best at. Here are six stories from our various superhero collections to help inspire you.

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Part One: Are Superheroes Real (from the Martin & Sylvia: How to be a Superhero Collection)

What exactly is a superhero? Martin and Sylvia pursue this question after learning about superheroes from their neighborhood friends. Through conversation with Momma and Daddy, they’re astonished to learn that there are people in their very own town who possess secret superpowers. An adventurous outing the next day introduces them to these special powers … and shows brother and sister the path to developing their own.

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I Am Marvel - Part One: An Introduction (from the I Am Marvel (How I Became Super) Collection)

One Saturday morning, a seemingly ordinary husband, father, and elementary school teacher learns that he has the “mark” of a superhero. The moment he decides to rediscover lost superpowers from his youth, his eyes are opened to community of curious local folk who teach him How to Be Super.

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Part One: The Welcome Wall (from How to Be Super, Book One: The Violet Crown Collection)

In which we are introduced to Dante and his single mother and learn that on the morning of his twelfth birthday, he experiences something incredible: he is struck by lightning. He is fine, but it begins a series of events that leads him to the neighborhood welcome wall where he receives a message that changes everything.

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Part One: The Olympians (from the How to Be Super, Book Two: Light of Olympus Collection)

In which Dante enters the Tower Board Room to discover that the Olympians are not who or what he thought they would be. They are all ages, they come from very different places, and to Dante’s surprise, he actually likes a few of them. His awe is quickly replaced by dread as he hears Poseidon talk about what they expect from him.

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Part One: The Prophecy (from the How to Be Super, Book Three: The Bridge Between Collection)

In which we learn of the bedtime story Selena’s grandfather tells her every year when her family travels south to San Antonio. She loves her grandfather and feels tenderness for the story which seems to be entirely for her. But on March 30th, the day of her 12th birthday, she is shocked to see details of the story begin to come to life. Everywhere she looks, she is reminded of her grandfather’s bedtime story — and an interaction with a curious woman at a bus stop shows her that she may be playing a much bigger role in the story than she thought.

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Part One: How We Fell (from the How to Be Super, Book Four: The Dragon Within Collection)

In which we learn about the very first American incarnation of the god Hermes and how he was able to change history using his superpowers of cunning, deceit, and manipulation — plus an alliance with the monsters.

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About the Author

KC Pagano
Sparkle Stories Media Maven

KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to attachment parenting, high needs toddlers, crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog Olive and Owl.