Wonder Woman at Super Hero High
by Lisa Yee
Series: DC Super Hero Girls #1
Published: 1 March 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Age Level: Middle Grade (ages 8-12)
Source: Provided by Publisher
My Rating: 4/5!
This groundbreaking new middle grade series follows DC Comics’ most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains... as high schoolers. At Super Hero High, the galaxy’s most powerful teens nurture their powers and master the fundamentals of what it means to be a hero.
As I sit here in my Wonder Woman pj pants, drinking watermelon mint iced tea out of my Wonder Woman cup, I am reminded why I jumped at the chance to read Wonder Woman at Superhero High. I have always had a love for the female superheroes. I would pretend to be Batgirl, fighting for justice. Flying through the air like Supergirl, saving the day. Lassoing it up with Wonder Woman and her awesome tiara and bracelets. These heroes were favorite make-believe characters for a shy little girl like myself! They showed me that any girl could become a hero with courage, strength, and a good heart.
Wonder Woman at Super Hero High is the first installment in the new DC Super Hero Girls series written by Lisa Yee. In this book, we meet Wonder Woman, an Amazon Princess who wants to make the world a better place. She decides the best way to help the world is to leave her home on Paradise Island and attend Super Hero High to learn all there is about being a super hero. Along the way, she meets a whole cast of characters that will be familiar to many fans of DC Comics (Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Lois Lane, even a beloved Green Lantern). Granted, I'm not familiar with all of these future heroes (and villians), but that in no way affected my enjoyment of this adorable book. In all honesty, I think it's a good thing that I had a much more limited experience than I had thought; it helped me form my own opinions about them as they are now, without judging them for who they'll become when they grow up. However, I'm pretty certain those familiar with the DC comics will still be able to enjoy this fun read.
I must say, I had a blast reading this. The characters in this book are so much fun! Wonder Woman is all eagerness and happiness and bravery. She is beyond excited to be going to school at Super Hero High, but not everyone wants her there. Someone is trying to get her to leave, much to her dismay. Instead of putting her tail between her legs and giving up, however, she decides to keep on trucking and investigate the mystery. She's awesome. Wondy - a nickname her friends give her - cracked me up repeatedly because she takes things so literally! Metaphors are totally lost on her. She truly has a heart of gold, though, and I greatly admire that. She isn't perfect, which I want to point out. I think this is going to be a really good series because it shows the characters' weaknesses as well as their strengths. It is almost like they're saying, "See? Nobody is perfect. Not even Wonder Woman!" The students at Super Hero High make mistakes, they embarrass themselves, they don't always succeed, but they pick themselves back up, learn from those experiences, and keep moving forward. I loved how this book also illustrates that though it's good to be strong on your own - be your own hero and all that - it is also good to ask for and accept help from others. Working as a team can be fun and much more effective than trying to fix everything by yourself all the time.
The writing in this novel is perfect for the targeted audience. I think kids of all ages (yes, including adults!) will love this fun, adventurous story about Wonder Woman, her friends, and their journey through high school. Wonder Woman at Super Hero High is a quick, funny, action-packed little novel that will inspire and entertain many a reader. So, will Wonder Woman come out on top or will she fall prey to an evil plot? Pick up Wonder Woman at Super Hero High today and find out!
Be sure to catch the next installment of the DC Super Hero Girls, Supergirl at Superhero High, coming July 5, 2016!