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Mia Mayhem Steals the Show!

Book #8 of Mia Mayhem
Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez

Mia plays a superhero in a school play in this eighth adventure of the Mia Mayhem chapter book series!

Mia finds out that her regular school will be putting on a play about superheroes! As soon as the casting call goes out, Mia’s sure that the main character role was made just for her. Because after all, who better to play the part than a real-life superhero? But when show day comes around and nerves are running high, will Mia be able to take the stage and be herself without revealing her super-secret?

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

Chapter 1: How to Be a Good Superhero CHAPTER 1 HOW TO BE A GOOD SUPERHERO
I’m going to be a star!

Okay, maybe not immediately. First I’m going to ace this audition. Then I’m going to be a star.

I’m in my theater class, and I can’t wait to get up onstage!

I’ve been preparing for this day ever since our teacher, Ms. Montgomery, announced the school play.

This year’s show is called How to Be a Good Superhero.



And guess who happens to be one in real life?

Believe it or not… me!

Like for real!

My name is Mia Macarooney, and I. Am. A. Superhero!

Now, I know I don’t look very super right now. When I’m at Normal Elementary School, I’m just a regular kid.



But after this audition is over, I’m going straight to another school called the Program for In Training Superheroes, aka the PITS! And at that place, I go by my superhero name—Mia Mayhem! I’ve learned how to use all kinds of awesome powers. But really, the most important part of my training has been learning how to be a good superhero.

So that’s why I know I’m perfect for this play!

After a group of my classmates performed, Ms. Montgomery finally called my name. My best friend, Eddie Stein, gave me a big thumbs-up.



“Break a leg!” he whispered. “But obviously, not for real.”

He was my only friend in the entire world who knew my super-secret. And he also knew how excited I was for this moment.



I got up, ready to impress everyone. But as I walked onto the stage, something strange happened.

My mind went totally blank.





I looked out in horror as my whole class stared back at me. And that wasn’t even the worst part.

Forgetting my lines was one thing, but I suddenly forgot how to talk, too!

I opened my mouth, but nothing came out.



It was only after Ms. Montgomery recited a scene with me that I started to remember.

After a long, awkward silence, I mumbled through the scene, skipping over most of what I had prepared.

Just a few minutes ago, I felt like I was on top of the world. But now I was living my worst nightmare.

And all I wanted to do was get off that stage.


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

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.

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