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Bring out your inner caped-crusader with these classic tales of villainy and injustice, defeated by courage and the most awesome of superpowers. Kapow!
DC Super Hero Girls: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High
The first in a series following new starter – Wonder Woman – at Super Hero High School, where she finds the usual high school worries harder to manage than she imagined. As she navigates mean gossip and fashion fails, a straightforward case of saving the day feels easy. A brilliant take on the super hero theme. Watch out for book two later this year.
Doctor Who: Choose the Future - Terror Moon
An immersive adventure with one of our best-loved superheroes, where readers get to choose the story line. Fans of the Time Lord get to help or hinder the twelfth Doctor on his perilous adventure to a distant and dangerous moon base. Repeated reads and different decisions give new versions and endings. Perfect for those harbouring secret hopes of living out a super hero fantasy, no matter what their age.
In this re-telling of the adventures of Beowulf, the wonderful Rosemary Sutcliffe translates and updates the epic Anglo-Saxon poem about the exploits of one of our earliest superheroes. Sticking close to the original guts and gore but adding a dash of human warmth, we follow the warrior Beowulf as he tackles sea-hags, the fearsome Grendel and fights a last fatal battle with a dragon.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Book 1)
For anyone who hasn’t encountered this contemporary classic, the first outing for half-god/half-boy hero Percy Jackson is the place to start. After a series of unsettling attacks by ferocious creatures, Percy discovers he is a demi-god and starts training at Camp Half-Blood with others like him. He is quickly embroiled in an adventure to save his own life when he is suspected of stealing Zeus’s lightning bolt. A brilliant beginning to this quick-witted and fast-paced series which blends myth and modernity.
The Reluctant Assassin (WARP Book 1)
The first in a three-book series from the creator of Artemis Fowl, following two heroes from different eras – Victorian Riley and modern-day FBI trainee agent Chevron Savano – as they team up to defeat supervillain Albert Garrick. The adventure shifts between contemporary and Victorian London as the two teenagers have to outwit Garrick, an illusionist assassin from the past who has downloaded the knowledge of a twenty-first century scientist giving him the power to terrify in both centuries.
He is immortal and he flies – what more does anyone want from a superhero? The original story from J.M Barrie sees Peter whisk Wendy and her brothers off to Neverland to battle pirates, deal with jealous fairies and oversee the lost boys. The poignant end as Wendy and Peter are forced to part when she chooses to grow up, touches on the dilemma of so many modern superheroes who miss out on the pleasures and pains of ordinary life.
Daniel X: Lights Out
The final outing for alien-hunter Daniel X as he goes after The Prayer – the most powerful and dangerous alien of them all. Daniel’s own extraordinary powers flounder as he faces his nemesis and he seems perilously close to being outmatched in this breath-taking showdown.
Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase
The first in a series of books following a team of psychic teen detectives, overseen by the magnetic Anthony Lockwood, as they hunt down ghosts and other paranormal pests in an alternative London. The Screaming Staircase sees talented Lucy Carlyle join the agency as they investigate a series of creepy hauntings ending up in a spooky stately home. Readers will be hooked on the relationship between the main characters – especially Lucy and Lockwood – as much as the fast-paced plot.
For slightly younger readers who are just gaining confidence in reading alone, Spy Dog is a brilliant mix of animal antics with superhero skills. Lara may look like a normal mongrel but she is employed by the Secret Service where she uses her extraordinary skills to foil villains. This is the first in the series, but there are thirteen more for readers who get hooked on the loveable Lara.
The fantastic book by Roald Dahl about a little girl with the super-charged mind. Matilda uses her staggering powers to triumph over her bullying headteacher Miss Trunchball to help her friend recover her inheritance. Hilarious and giddying, this is a brilliantly satisfying tale of children getting their own back. No one can fail to get behind the indomitable Matilda!