AudioBook Review: Batgirl At Superhero High

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ABOUT
BATGIRL AT SUPER HERO HIGH
(DC SUPER HERO GIRLS)

Get your cape on with the DC Super Hero Girls™— the unprecedented new Super Hero universe especially for girls! Readers of all ages can fly high with the all-new adventures of Wonder Woman™, Supergirl™, Batgirl™, and some of the world’s most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers!

Batgirl has always hidden in the shadows—but does she have what it takes to stand in the spotlight at Super Hero High?

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!

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!


Chronology:
Companion/third in series (but can standalone)

Release Date:
January 3rd 2017

Age Range:
Definitely older children, lower middle grade. Maybe ages 8-12, ideally.


Star Rating:

4 Stars


Review:

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ll know two things. I rarely read middle grade, and I loathe audiobooks. Actually, when I requested this book I didn’t realize it was an audiobook. But I went with it. My sister was watching the show, and it made me want to request this.

I like the idea of these books, making superheroes for girls too, not just books. Encouraging reading with the books etc. Its pretty cheesy and dumbed down, but it is a lower middle grade book, so I expected as much. I do think pretween girls, which its intended for, will enjoy it if they enjoy superhero stories at all.

In the beginning, it was pretty clear this was a sequel/companion, as previous events are recapped, but it didn’t impair the story at all past the initial “wait what” moment. At certain times, the characters seemed to act a bit older than their supposed ages, and it through me off when hearing a familiar DC comic name that was characterized differently, so get used to the idea of “alternate DC universe with every hero and villain a 12 year old in superhero boarding school”.

I did think it was well written, and I like Mae Whitman’s narrating, even if I cannot get into it as much as I’d’ve liked because the audiobook took about 5x as long to listen to as it would have been to read.

Overall, I thought it was a cute story. If you fall into the target audience (or enjoy books for that target audience) I’d recommend it.


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.


 I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.

Recommending Middle Grade Reads (That Aren’t Recent)

An Introduction:

In the world of book blogging, when hundreds of books are coming out each week, it is sometimes hard to stop and remember old favorites, especially those from when we were younger.

Most people who read Middle Grade these days only ever seem to recommend the classics: A Series Of Unfortunate Events, Alice In Wonderland, Narnia, etc. Or recent releases: The Thing Of Jellyfish, We Are All Made Of Molecules, etc.

And While I love all of these, I feel like forgetting most of the books from 3+ years ago is a travesty! So I’m going to remind you of (or introduce you to), some of my favorite Middle Grade books. I don’t read much Middle Grade these days, but these were my JAM in middle school/Upper Elementary (If you aren’t in the US, think age 9-14).

Italics means a MUST read (even if you’re “too old” for middle grade)

Though to be fair, I love all these books.

Forgotten Favorites:

  • Molly Moon Series By Georgia Byng
  • Peter And The StarCatchers By Dave Barry
  • Heir Apparent By Vivian Vande Vilde
  • The Companions Quartet By Julia Golding
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making By Catheryenne M. Valente
  • Ten Ways To Make My Sister Disappear By Norma Fox Mazer

  • School Spirit By Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

  • Princess Academy By Shannon Hale

  • Awful End By Philip Ardagh

  • Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator By Jennifer Allison

  • Hoot By Carl Hiaasen

  • Esperanza Rising By Pam Muñoz Ryan

  • The School for Good and Evil By Soman Chainani 

  • Queen of the World! By Jennifer L. Holm

  • Wonder By R.J. Palacio

  • My Sister The Vampire Series By Sienna Mercer

  • Inkheart By Cornelia Funke

 

Obligatory Classics/Must Reads (Just in case you had no childhood):

  • The Chronicles Of Narnia By C.S Lewis
  • Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland By Lewis Carroll
  • Charlie And The Chocolate Factory By Roald Dahl
  • Matilda By Roald Dahl
  • A Wrinkle In Time By Madeleine L’Engle
  • Little House In The Big Woods By Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Holes By Louis Sachar
  • Bridge To Terabithia By Katherine Paterson
  • The Giver By Lois Lowry
  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events By Lemony Snicket

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

  • Percy Jackson By Rick Riordan

 

So what do you think? Am I missing something important? Have you read any of my childhood favorites? Planning on it now? Let me know!