BATGIRL AT SUPERHERO HIGH
Written by Lisa Yee
Published by Random House Kids
Reviewed by Marc Mason
How addictively popular are these DC Superhero Girls books? Let’s just say that before I could review book two, focused on Supergirl, it vanished into thin air. Now, did my twelve-year old step-daughter “borrow” it?
I’ve never found conclusive evidence.
Now, the third book in the series, focusing on Batgirl, is here, and I am pleased to report it is an absolute gem, continuing Lisa Yee’s fantastic work in bringing this version of these classic characters to life. Here, Barbara Gordon puts on the cape and cowl and joins the ranks of the heroes, even though she is without superpowers. Not only is that a challenge, but she also must navigate a very real teenage existence. Issues of confidence, learning who to trust, developing strong decision-making skills, and more arise, and all of it entertains as well as develops the character nicely.
One terrific sequence takes place in the lunchroom as Batgirl and Supergirl decide to defy stereotypes and stand up for the bullied and shunned Big Barda, whose reputation makes the other students avoid her. By leading by example (even though the encounter doesn’t go perfectly) it encourages the reader to do the same in their own lives. It isn’t preachy, but Yee’s delightful prose does the trick. And really, she’s quite good at this; all three of the books in the series have moments that lead the reader to ideas for being a better person in their own lives.
Of course, this is not the end for the series, and BATGIRL ends on a cliffhanger. Whatever comes next, I am sure it will have the same charm and grace that the first three in the series have displayed. I know one thing for sure: I’ll be happy to read it… and pass it on to my younger reader.