Happy Saturday again!
I'm currently melting into a puddle, since it's about 106F where I am at present. But I have air conditioning, books and popsicles. So onward and forward with this review!
Lisa Yee has written another fun look at the younger versions of our DC superheroes, and this is definitely worth a read!
Expected publication: July 5th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Supergirl is the new girl in school—and she just also happens to be the most powerful teenager in the galaxy!
After losing her home planet of Krypton and everyone she knows, Supergirl has made a new home on Earth, but she’s isn’t so sure that Super Hero High School is the right place for her. Wonder Woman, other new friends, and a kindly librarian make her feel welcome, but breached inter-dimensional portals, invading alien armies, and bad dreams shake her confidence. It’s not easy being a super hero and a high school student all at once!
Award-winning author Lisa Yee brings mystery, thrills, and laughs to this groundbreaking series that follows DC Comics’ most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Move over Batman™ and Superman™—the DC Super Hero Girls are ready to save the day and have fun doing it!
Yee introduces to Kara Zor-El - whom many readers will likely have gotten introduced to via the CBS/CW TV show - who is sent to earth as the planet Krypton is exploding. However, due to some trajectory issues in space, she arrives decades after her cousin Clark.
After spending some time living in the Kents, Kara is sent to Super Hero High, where she becomes entangled in a plot where earth's greatest enemies are looking to take over the earth. It's now up to Kara to truly become super, and use her powers to fight for her future...
Supergirl at Super Hero High more or less follows the structure of the first book; the new kid with super powers arrives at school, uncertain of her place in the hierarchy. Through trial and error, she figures out her powers, makes friends, and begins to take another step toward her destiny.
And that's completely fine. Because Supergirl... like its predecessor, does exactly what it sets out to do. It's a gentle toe dipped into the world of the DC Superhero spectrum, and does a nice job of introducing readers to DC-specific characters and concepts, while also reinforcing some excellent themes.
I appreciated Yee's continued emphasis of the super heroes working together to help Supergirl learn her powers - you don't always see that level of kinship and camaraderie in books like these - along references to items that had me curious, like the Boom Tubes. I was curious enough to google a lot of what was mentioned while reading, and ended up actually contemplating wanting to read the comics - which means, mission accomplished.
With some nice characterizations and action scenes tossed in, it's a quick zippy read that will be appreciated by all DC fans.
Final verdict: A quick, fun read with some appreciated lessons about girl power. Will inspire even the most casual of DC enthusiasts.
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.