Sky Girl Is Colonia’s Newest Superhero

COLONIA—Imagine living up to a legacy that no one can remember.

Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy, a new young adult novel from Joe Sergi, tells the story of DeDe Christopher, an average high school sophomore with dreams of winning the National Gymnastic Tournament and dating the school quarterback.

But her world changes when DeDe begins to develop fantastic abilities that are strangely similar to those of a fictional comic book super hero named SkyBoy.

With the help of her best friend, Jason, a self-proclaimed comic geek, DeDe begins a quest to discover her true destiny as she confronts the all-too-real enemies and allies of SkyBoy. She must deal with capes, apes and aliens to find a way to live up to a legacy that no one can remember and become Sky Girl.


The story takes place in a small New Jersey suburban town named Colonia. And while some of the names of the locations in the book are fictitious, the places in Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy are real.

The author explains, “Like the main character in the book, I grew up on Hartland Court in Colonia, New Jersey. And while some of the names have been changed, you would certainly recognize the location if you see them.”

The book has been well received. Mike Imboden, creator and writer of Digital Webbing’s Fist of Justice, says, “Sky Girl has the potential to become a Harry Potter of the super-hero scene.”

Steve Younis from the Superman Homepage calls the book, “a thrill-a-minute read that is sure to please both male and female readers alike.” Brian Carr, co-owner of Resolution Comics, says, “Sky Girl is on par with Neil Gaiman’s Interworld. I dare you not to fall in love with this book.”

Megan Sherrier, Teach for America Corps Member, ‘08, adds, “Sky Girl presents a great message with positive role models that are accessible to students. I would gladly give Sky Girl to any one of my middle school students.”

Sergi lives outside of Washington, D.C. with his wife, Yee, and daughter, Elizabeth. He has published comics, short stories, and articles in the romance, horror, science fiction, and superhero genres.

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