Happy Thursday, all!
I've been holding off on reading Batgirl at Super Hero High, since I wanted to have something to read after Justice League.
(I know, I know. I could have read fanfiction or the comics. But I like canon?)
Unsurprisingly, I liked it just as much as the previous books in ther series. Read on for more!
Published January 3rd 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Barbara Gordon has always been an off-the-charts, just-forget-about-the-test super-genius and tech whiz, and then she gets the offer of a lifetime when Supergirl recognizes that Barbara's talents make her an ideal candidate for Super Hero High. Donning the cape and cowl, Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl, ready to train at the most elite school on the planet, next to some of the most powerful teenagers in the galaxy. She's always had the heart of a hero . . . but now she'll have to prove that she can be one. Good thing she loves a challenge!
(Also, Justice League? Not awful, but I actually liked Crisis on Earth X a LOT better)
Lisa Yee continues her DC Super Hero Girls series, with Batgirl at Super Hero High. Barbara Gordon has been a secondary character in the previous books in the series, but is now coming to the forefront, after she convinces her father - the ever stalwart Commissioner Gordon - to let her attend Super Hero High. However, Barbara has to prove she should actually be there…
Unlike the previous books in the series, Batgirl at Super Hero High is quieter, and focuses on Barbara’s transition into an environment where she’s one of the few people without outward or ostentatious superhero powers. Even though she knows she belongs at Super Hero High, Barbara still m makes the conscious decision to train harder, worker harder, to prove she can be just as good as the rest of her classmates - a struggle any readers can relate with.
Yee also does a solid job of showing Barbara’s struggles with trying to prove herself to her father. Despite being remarkably similar to Commissioner Gordon, both father and daughter lose the ability to communicate effectively with one another after she enrolls at Super Hero High, something else many readers likely can understand. The steps they take to find their way back to one another are solid, and will likely comfort many young readers who are working through similar issues.
Outside of Batgirl’s core journey, Yee does dig into DC canon to find some truly good characters and foes. I was especially appreciative of the nod toward Akropolis - it’s something that tangentially relates to the Justice League movie, and helps movie/TV/bookverse, feel closer together.
All in all, a rip-roaring good time. Highly recommend, full stop.
About the author:
Lisa Yee’s debut novel, Millicent Min, Girl Genius, won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Her other novels for young people, with nearly two million copies in print, include Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, So Totally Emily Ebers, Absolutely Maybe, and two books about a fourth grader, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) and Bobby the Brave (Sometimes). Lisa is also the author of American Girl’s Kanani books and Good Luck, Ivy. Her recent novel, Warp Speed, is about a Star Trek geek who gets beat up every day at school.
Lisa is a former Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence whose books have been chosen as an NPR Best Summer Read, a Sports Illustrated Kids Hot Summer Read, and a USA Today Critics’ Top Pick.
Visit Lisa at lisayee.com or check out her blog at lisayee.livejournal.com.