Children’s, Family, Juvenile Fiction

Nathan always looks forward to visits from Nana Cassandra. They play in the park, go to movies, and have fun with video games. But one day, something different happens — no park or movies or games, but just as special. Now that Nathan is older, he and Nana will become superheroes by performing good deeds in their neighborhood. Nana Cassandra explains that people around the world help their neighbors. Nathan learns the word for “good deed” in Hebrew, Spanish, and Arabic.

Nathan and Nana Cassandra – Superheroes illustrates diversity among cultures and ages. Readers observe the kindness of Nathan and Nana bringing groceries to an older adult, tending to animals at a shelter, and serving breakfast to individuals who are homeless. Nathan realizes that doing good deeds is a lot of work and also a lot of fun. But most important, Nathan likes the way he feels inside when he helps others.

Karen Gorback is a prize-winning author of numerous short stories and memoirs. She has also written several one-act plays selected for production at a Southern California theater festival. Her novel Freshman Mom tells the story of a single parent who goes back to college to build a better life for herself and her family. The book won the USA Regional Excellence Book Award in its category for the Western Region and was a finalist in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Karen has a doctorate in education and has worked as an English teacher, adult education counselor, and community college administrator. Karen believes that literature is most engaging when it both entertains and provides a platform for learning. She is a past president of the Ventura County Writers Club, a past board member of the San Fernando Valley Branch of the California Writers Club, and an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She enjoys public speaking, volunteering in a variety of organizations, and teaching writing classes. Contact Karen through her website at and follow her on Twitter @karengorback.