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Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

Heroes Don't Always Wear Capes by Stefania Shaffer

by Stefania Shaffer

This is the realistic fictional story of a school girl, Vandra Zandinski, ultimately finding a few extraordinary teachers, her heroes.

As an underdog in life, Vandra worries about everything, especially her teachers. After being saddled with a few rotten ones, she finally meets the extraordinary educators who become her heroes for life.

When a bully in middle school makes Vandra’s life even more miserable, unexpected help is received from the Vice-Principal, who isn’t so useless after all.

For anyone who still remembers a teacher, this is the the story of that powerful connection—or disconnect—that stays with a student long after childhood ends. Funny and engaging, Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes recaptures those memories, and unforgettable classroom heroes.

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~Praise for Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes~

“WOW!!!! That’s all I have to say about this book. While this book is fiction, it could easily be a memoir or an autobiography. I enjoyed how each chapter was another year in Vandra’s life, using grades in school to show the passage of time not age, since the focus was on the various teachers in her life and the roles they each played. I appreciate how there were examples of positive and negative influences on Vandra as she grows up….”
—Kari Beasley, amazon reader

“No matter where you are in life, this book will make you laugh, cry, and most of all, remember the teachers that made an impact on your life…
As a teacher, this book made me think back to all the students I’ve taught and where they are today which makes this a must read for anyone in education…”
—Dunnroy, amazon reader

“Ms. Shaffer’s novel captures the everyday struggles and triumphs our children face as they maneuver life’s bumpy road.”
—Pam Scott, Principal, Burlingame (CA) School District

“I have never read a book that could teach so many life lessons, yet still be as enjoyable as this one. The author’s undying humor and creativity shines through in every chapter, and leaves you begging for more…”
—Sasha H., seventh grade