Wonder Woman at Super Hero High

I’ve loved Wonder Woman since I first saw Lynda Carter spin around when I was a kid. My parents have pictures of my three-year-old self posing in my Wonder Woman Underoos. I have Wonder Woman action figures, comic books, t-shirts, and even Converse shoes. There’s a Wonder Woman display in my school library. I buy my nieces Wonder Woman stuff for birthdays, holidays, or whenever the mood strikes me. So of course I had to read Wonder Woman at Super Hero High, the first book in the DC Super Hero Girls series by Lisa Yee. I’m just embarrassed it took me so long to get around to it. (It was released nearly a year ago.)

Super Hero High is the place to be for teen super heroes…and Wonder Woman wants in. After spending her entire life on Paradise Island (also known as Themyscira) with her mother, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, Wonder Woman finally convinces her mom that she needs to be trained as a proper super hero. Off to Super Hero High she goes!

With a positive outlook and a desire to make a difference, Wonder Woman enters the hallowed halls of Super Hero High. Even though some things perplex her (like slang and sarcasm), she’s determined to be a successful student.

Almost immediately, she makes a few friends–like Bumblebee, Katana, Hawkgirl, and Harley Quinn (who’s also her roommate)–but it seems she’s also made an enemy or two. Someone keeps leaving notes for her indicating that she’s not wanted at Super Hero High. Who could dislike her so much?

With Harley Quinn videoing every move she makes and someone leaving her mean notes, Wonder Woman is feeling the pressure to be the best, especially when she factors in her desire to be on the school’s Super Triathlon team. Can she make a difference when so much is weighing on her? Can she possibly figure out who wants her gone?

Join Wonder Woman and many other familiar faces to find out if they’ve got what it takes to be true heroes!

I’ve glossed over a lot here, and that’s sort of intentional. It’s a fast, entertaining read, and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. A few things I will say, though:

  • I love that Wonder Woman has kind of an Amelia Bedelia vibe in this book. She’s very literal, and it’s fun to see how someone who’s been so removed from slang and popular culture navigates through high school.
  • Speaking of high school, who knew super heroes had it just like the rest of us? Mean girls, struggling to make friends, bullies, striving to make good grades, living up to parents’ expectations. It’s all there, and it’s nice to see that even those with super powers deal with the same stuff we all do.
  • If you’re not familiar with DC comic book characters now, you soon will be. I know a lot of the characters mentioned in this book thanks to the old Adam West Batman TV series, some DC movies (some good, others not so much), and the wonderful programming on the CW. Wonder Woman at Super Hero High introduced me to some I didn’t know much about, and I look forward to reading more adventures of these super (and not-so-super) heroes as teenagers.

Wonder Woman at Super Hero High is a great fit for elementary and middle school libraries. Considering that many kids (and adults) read DC comics and collect action figures, there’s a ready-made audience just waiting for this book and those like it.

The next two books in the DC Super Hero Girls series are Supergirl at Super Hero High and Batgirl at Super Hero High. Both are already out. The fourth book, Katana at Super Hero High should be out on July 4th of this year.

If you’d like more information on Wonder Woman at Super Hero High and the series as a whole, visit author Lisa Yee’s website.



Perpetual Check

I know it may shock some people to know that I don’t play chess.  As nerdy as I am, I’ve just never had any interest in the game.  My latest read, Perpetual Check by Rich Wallace, revolves around the game of chess, but you really don’t have to know a lot about the game to enjoy this book.

Zeke and Randy Mansfield are two brothers with issues.  Zeke is a senior in high school, an all-around athlete, and their father’s favorite son.  Randy is a freshman, kind of pudgy, and is generally liked by everyone except his father and brother.  One thing the boys do have in common is chess.  They are both exceptional chess players and are competing in the state qualifying tournament.  There is a very good chance they will end up playing each other.

As the brothers deal with their own relationship and the chess tournament, they must also come to terms with their super-competitive father, the ultimate sideline parent.  Mr. Mansfield is always pushing his sons, yelling at them, berating Randy, making excuses for Zeke’s failures, and living through both boys’ victories.  Both Randy and Zeke know that they must confront their father, and they must do it united.  Can they put aside their own differences to save their family and themselves?  And how can they compete with the distraction of their father in the background?  Read Rich Wallace’s Perpetual Check to find out.

Perpetual Check is a very short, easy read.  I can see a lot of guys checking this one out of my library, mainly because of the length (only 112 pages).  I hope they do actually read the book because it is a good story about two brothers who learn there is more to life than sibling rivalry.  This is a lesson that more people need to learn (myself included).