If you have a fan of comics or graphic novels in your house, then Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures by Joe Sergi would be an excellent choice.
DeDe Christopher is still adjusting to her new identity as Sky Girl. Now a junior, she is juggling the demands of being a superhero along with trying to navigate the murky waters of high school. It certainly doesn’t help that the guy she is crushing on is dating a girl she can’t stand. With the help of her comic book geek best friend, Jason, DeDe must learn what it takes to become a heroine and face challenges as she discovers her late father’s secrets and his connection to SkyBoy.
I grew up on comics, so I felt right at home when I picked up Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures. This action packed young adult novel finds DeDe learning more about herself in addition to uncovering secrets from her late father’s past. Joe Sergi has been a fan of comic books since childhood and is still very involved in the comics industry as a reader, a regular attender of conventions, and a writer. His decades’ worth of knowledge makes for an engaging read that stays true to the parameters of comics and superheroes.
Like the cult television hit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, DeDe’s school is a place where evil seems to make its home. Like Peter Parker/Spiderman, DeDe is learning more about her superpowers and tackling bad guys at the same time she is trying to deal with the normal everyday issues of being a teenager. This helps to give readers a character they can relate to. In addition, since DeDe is still figuring out who she is and how SkyGirl fits into her life, she is an imperfect heroine. She makes mistakes. Couple that with the humor of DeDe trying to work on her witty banter and her friendship with Jason, and you have a well-rounded book that offers a great deal to readers.
This is the second book in the Sky Girl series. While it stands alone, I’ll be happy when the first book in the series is reissued by Sergi’s current publisher, so I can read DeDe’s story from the beginning. It’s definitely different reading superhero fiction in novel form versus in comics or graphic novels, but I feel it’s a good different and hope this genre catches on.
Series: Sky Girl Series
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Martin Sisters Publishing (May 28, 2013)
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The author paid me to promote this book with a virtual book tour through Pump Up Your Book. This fee did not include a review. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.