Happy Saturday, part three!
Today, we're also sharing our review for Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee!
I've developed a newfound appreciation for Wonder Woman since watching Batman v. Superman - I know, I know, lol! - and have been interested in learning more about her background.
Yee presents a different high school-aged version of her here, which I think will be appreciated by comic book lovers and Wonder Woman fans alike!
Published March 1st 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Yee introduces us to the young Wonder Woman, as she decides to leave Paradise Island to go to school at Super Hero High. Though she immediately loves the school, it's still a steep learning curve as Wonder Woman adjusts to having powered friends, training for her abilities and even a super powered foe.
What I loved about Wonder Woman at Super Hero High first and foremost, is Lisa Yee's emphasis on Wonder Woman's naiveté. She arrives at Super Hero High with very little understanding of how the real world works, and struggles with understanding subtle humor and sarcasm - which leads to occasionally awkward moments.
But conversely, Wonder Woman's ignorance of the real world shows her kindness and willingness to do good, e.g. her cheerful nonchalance at helping the lunchroom staff clean up after a meal - despite some teasing from classmates. By showing how matter-of-fact Wonder Woman is about doing random acts of good, and how little she cares about public perception Yee's really helping establish a lot of the selflessness and genuine heroics that a lot of heroines display.
The story moves through the school year, with the usual structure of classes and physical education. However, Yee sprinkles in a lot of references to fun DC characters in the forms of both popular and obscure heroes and villains, and also adds in tidbits of Wonder Woman's background - e.g. a certain crush - that will make readers who are fans already, grin.
The one area that fans may have issue with, is with Yee's decision to write in third person. It does come off a little dry at some points, and prevents the story from flowing as smoothly as it ultimately could. However, I absolutely acknowledge that the targeted age group for the readers likely won't notice.
All in all, this is a fun read, with the promise of a fun series.
Readers will appreciate this new interpretation of Wonder Woman, and also the sneaky, fun look at the other heroines and villains of the DC universe as well.
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About the author:
Lisa's been a TV writer/producer, written labels for bean cans, and penned a speech for a president of the United States.
Her books include BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY) and BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) and YA novel, ABSOLUTELY MAYBE. All are published by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic.
Other novels include the MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS, SO TOTALLY EMILY EBERS and STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME. Plus the American Girl books, GOOD LUCK, IVY, ALOHA KANANI and GOOD JOB, KANANI.
WARP SPEED, the Stanford Wong spin-off about a Star Trek geek who gets beat up everyday, is her latest middle grade novel, and her most recent book is a YA called THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL OR HOW TO RUIN YOUR LIFE IN SEVEN DAYS.
She is penning American Girl's 2016 Girl of the Year books, and the new DC Comics Super Hero Girls middle grade series.
Lisa has been named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Resident, USA TODAY Critics Pick, and more.