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"'The Best Superheroes Right Now Aren’t on Screens. They’re in Books'... Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee is a coming-of-age tale about Jessica Tran, the powerless daughter of two superheroes who gets a job at a tech company—and discovers that the world of heroes and villains is more complicated than she realized."—WIRED
"Lee offers up a fast-paced, engaging tale set in a quasi-dystopian 22nd-century America where the line between hero and villain is often blurred. With a diverse cast of characters, both in terms of sexuality and ethnic background, and a wholly adorable romance for Jess, it’s a lively exploration of morality in a superpowered age."—Publishers Weekly
Lambda Literary Award Finalist for LGBTQ Children's/Young Adult | "Not Your Sidekick is an exciting story full of twists and heart."—Lambda Literary
"The real strength is in its matter-of-fact representation of LGBTQ and first-generation American identities. While the meanings of these identities are explored, they are not the focus of the book and are simply part of the character- and world-building... there are many primary and secondary characters who fall into these categories so that no single character has to stand for everyone."—School Library Journal
"I’m ready for the sequel!"—RT Book Reviews
Details: Trade paperback, 5.25"x8"
Length: 296 pages / 75,870 words
Release Date: September 8, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-945053-03-0 print
Welcome to Andover, where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, whom Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.
About the Author
C.B. Lee is a bisexual writer, rock climber, and hiking enthusiast from Southern California. A first-generation Asian American, she is passionate about working in communities of color and empowering youth to be inspired to write characters and stories of their own. Lee’s debut novel Seven Tears at High Tide was published by Duet Books in 2015 and named a finalist in the Bisexual Books Awards.