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This week, we're going to tip a toe into the DC Universe, and review Lisa Yee's DC series with Random House!
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Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
ISBN: 1101940689 (ISBN13: 9781101940686)
Sword-wielding Katana isn’t like most high school students—but with classmates like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, Super Hero High isn’t like most high schools!
In addition to training to be a super hero, Katana also follows the noble warrior traditions of the Samurai. Now a mysterious presence has given her the responsibility of guarding a hundred ancient Samurai swords—but why her, and for what purpose? With the help of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Ms. Martian, and some of her other super friends, she intends to find out. But she just made captain of the fencing team, she has a huge school project due, and a villain with ties to her family’s past seems to be amassing an army. Maintaining her inner peace isn’t going to be easy…
…but Katana has the steel to save the day!
So when Katana at Super Hero High appeared in my mailbox, I decided to see whether it would be a good fit for helping young readers make that leap from the DC world they know from TV and film, into literature. The answer? Yes.
Much like the previous books in the ....at Super Hero High series, Katana's tale is a great mix of mystery, character growth and plot, with more than a few nods to the DC Universe. Yee is especially careful in showing what it means for Katana to have to take on her family's legacy, especially when she learns some surprising news. There is a lot of character growth intermeshed within this MG novel, and readers will appreciate watching Katana developer stronger cultural and interpersonal ties, and her interactions with the other DC characters as well.
(There are a few Wonder Woman shoutouts that are nice, but also timely, given the release of the movie._
Though the book is obviously enriched if you have pre-existing knowledge of the DC Universe - I grinned, upon seeing a reference to Captain Cold, since I'm watching The Flash right now - it's doesn't make or break the reading experience. Yee does a good job of making the book feel like a standalone, but with enough room to encourage readers to seek out the other books in the series and to check out the other platforms of the DC universe of well.
Highly recommend this book not only for being well-done, but also for being a good gateway into reading.
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.