Supergirl at Super Hero High

Notice: While it’s not 100% necessary to read Wonder Woman at Super Hero High, the first book in Lisa Yee’s DC Super Hero Girls series, before reading the second installment, it is a pretty good idea. Not only does it help to establish the world of these novels, it also focuses on Wonder Woman. Isn’t that reason enough to read it? (Yes, it is.)

If it’s not already obvious, the second book in the DC Super Hero Girls series focuses on Supergirl. Now, you may think you know Kara Zor-El from the awesome Supergirl TV series or even the older movie (which brings on a sense of nostalgia in me), but you might want to think again. In this book, we get a look at a teen Supergirl, a girl dealing with being not only the new kid in school but the new kid on the planet. Her home planet of Krypton was destroyed, and everything and everyone she knew–including her parents–are gone. That’s a lot for a normal kid to take in. Throw in some brand-new superpowers, and things get much more complicated.

Kara Zor-El never really wanted to be a superhero. One minute, she was a happy kid on Krypton, enjoying life with her loving parents. The next minute, she was strapped into a spacecraft and sent off into the great unknown while her parents, her planet, and everything familiar to her was destroyed. She landed on Earth, and two wonderful people, Martha and Jonathan Kent, took her in…much like they had done for another Kryptonian years ago.

Now, Kara is facing even more change in her life. Thanks to Earth’s yellow sun, she’s dealing with some pretty intense superpowers–heat vision, super strength, flight, super speed, and much more. Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, Kara is a tad clumsy, and managing her newfound abilities is becoming something of a hazard to those around her. What she needs is a place to learn how to control her powers and how she can use her gifts to help the world around her. That’s where Super Hero High comes in!

At Super Hero High, Kara, now known by the name of Supergirl, immediately feels like the odd person out. Everyone here, especially her hero Wonder Woman, seems to already know so much. They don’t trip over their own feet or cause mayhem and destruction with their out-of-control powers. Supergirl is overwhelmed by how much she has to learn, and she often wonders if this place is even right for her. A new friend, Barbara Gordon, and a cookie-wielding librarian, Granny Goodness, try to reassure Supergirl, but her doubts continue to plague her.

When a mysterious threat begins to target Super Hero High, the students and staff work together to determine who–or what–is attempting to infiltrate their school. Supergirl wants to help, but what can she do? Sometimes she thinks she just makes things worse. But when the true nature of this threat is revealed, Supergirl–with an assist from Barbara–may be the only one capable of neutralizing this menace for good.

Can Supergirl find the confidence she needs to face this danger head-on? And can she finally find her place at Super Hero High?


Like Wonder Woman at Super Hero High, this book is an ideal fit for upper elementary and middle grade collections. (I assume that this will also be true of the remainder of the series.) It’s a fun, inviting book that gives readers a glimpse into what life may be like for some of their favorite teen superheroes. It also lets readers know that they’re not alone when they feel out-of-place, lacking in confidence, lonely, or clumsy. Superheroes deal with the same stuff we all do.

Spoilers ahead! While I thoroughly enjoyed Supergirl at Super Hero High, I do have one (not totally serious) issue with it. I just have to ask one question. Why did it have to be the librarian? Why, I ask you?! Sure, some in my profession could have super-villain tendencies, but most of us are awesome. I, personally, vow to use my powers for good and never get my students to help me take over the world. I can only hope my fellow librarians feel the same way.

If the DC Super Hero Girls series seems like something you or your kids, students, or library patrons would enjoy, have no fear! There are at least two more volumes to love. In addition to Wonder Woman and Supergirl, Batgirl at Super Hero High is already out. (I’ll be reading this one soon.) Book four, Katana at Super Hero High will be released on July 4th. Given how popular these books are, I have high hopes that we’ll see even more books in this wonderful series.

For more information on Supergirl at Super Hero High and the series as a whole, visit author Lisa Yee’s website. Happy reading!

Fall of Night

I’ll dispense with the pleasantries.  Those who haven’t read Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series up to this point should stop right now.  I finished book #14 earlier today, and your reading experience will be all kinds of spoiled if you continue with this post without reading the first 13 books.  The books in this series thus far are:

You’ve been warned!

For those still with me, let’s get right to it.  Rachel Caine has once again ripped my heart out…or staked me in the chest, if you prefer to stay with all things vampish.  Just when I thought things were starting to get sort of normal for Claire and the gang, a major wrench gets thrown into the works, and everything spirals out of control.  In Fall of Night, the fourteenth book in this addictive series, Claire is finally heading for MIT, but what she thought would be a dream come true is turning into a nightmare.  It seems that dark and scary isn’t exclusive to Morganville…

It isn’t easy for Claire to leave Morganville behind.  Despite the horrors she’s witnessed–and even been part of–she’s grown rather attached to the place, especially her dear friends Michael and Eve, her boss Myrnin, and her boyfriend Shane (even though things are a bit tense with them of late).  She just can’t pass up the opportunity to finally go to MIT, her dream school.  Sure, she’ll be working with Dr. Anderson, one of Myrnin’s former assistants, and eventually returning to Morganville, but this is Claire’s chance to finally prove that she can be on her own and have a life outside of the vampire-controlled town that she’s come to call home.

Almost immediately upon arriving in Boston, Claire wants to return to Morganville.  Things just aren’t what they thought she’d be.  Her friend, Liz, is acting really weird, and working with Dr. Irene Anderson isn’t all Claire had hoped it would be.  In fact, Claire may have gotten herself involved in something more dangerous than living in Morganville could ever be.

When Dr. Anderson gets wind of the machine that Claire has been working on–a machine that could potentially disable the powers of vampires–Claire’s already tumultuous world takes another nosedive.  Friends old and new are in extreme danger, and much of the blame can be laid at Claire’s feet.  How can she deal with what she’s done?  And is there any way to get out of this mess with her sanity, her relationships, and her life intact?  If not, what could it mean for those she loves and the town that means so much to her?  Has night finally fallen in Morganville?  I guess there’s only one way to find out…

So…yeah…I love this flippin’ series.  Even though each book makes my blood pressure go up, I just can’t stop reading them.  Part of me can’t believe that there’s only one more book in the series, especially when you consider how things ended in Fall of Night (major cliffhanger).  I just don’t see how things can possibly be neatly wrapped up in just one more book.

The fifteenth and, at least to my knowledge, final book in the Morganville Vampires series is Daylighters, and it is due for a November 5th release.  The title alone makes me nervous…and that nervousness will make plenty of sense to you when you finish reading book #14.  Given the journey I’ve been on in the past fourteen books, I think my anxiety is totally justified.  What do you think?