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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: Harley Quinn at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls #5) by Lisa Yee

Harley Quinn at Super Hero High 
(DC Super Hero Girls #5) 
Lisa Yee 
January 2, 2108 
Random House BFYR 
Source: from pub 

Harley Quinn investigates a high-tech carnival in this action-packed new DC Super Hero Girl novel! 

Funny girl Harley Quinn loves fighting crime with her classmates like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, but she always does it her with own madcap style--and a big mallet! It's no surprise that Harley can't resist getting involved in a dance competition and organizing an outrageous battle of the bands. But when a high-tech carnival comes to town, Harley knows that things aren't what they seem and that only she can get to the bottom of the mystery--and deliver a great punch line while doing it! 

Read my reviews of all the books in this series 


Things at Super Hero High are about to get zany thanks to the one-of-a-kind Harley Quinn! The mallet and video camera wielding Harley has always had her own style and an infectious flair for it's no surprise that, in order to boost ratings for web show, she organizes a less than organized dance competition and battle of the bands. And when a famous, crazy carnival comes to town Harley just has to capture it all and be the lovable center of attention. But things at the carnival aren't all they appear and something or someone may have their sinister sights set on Harley Quinn...but unpredictable, class clown Harley isn't scared of a little trouble, especially with her super friends by her side! 

Lisa Yee returns to her DC Super Hero Girls middle-grade series with book five, Harley Quinn at Super Hero High, and just like books one through four, this installment is full of super fun, super laughs, and super heroes of all kinds! 

I'm a huge fan of Lisa Yee's version of a young Harley Quinn, so I was very excited that this book focused on this clever and unique character, and Yee did not disappoint. Like Harley herself, Harley Quinn at Super Hero High feels a little more fast-paced and rambunctious than previous books, which just adds to the fun of really getting to know Harley. And readers really do get to know Harley well throughout the book and see a more complex, relatable, and vulnerable side to her. And of course, just like Harley, Harley Quinn at Super Hero High is bursting with amusing antics, laugh-out-loud humor, unforgettable pranks, and non-stop adventure and thrills. 

I always love returning to these books because Super Hero High makes for such an exciting and immersive setting, with its in-depth and enthralling world of Super Heroes and Villains. From beloved comic book characters to intriguing classes, cool gadgets and gizmos, and limitless possibilities for adventures and mayhem, this school has it all! 

And of course, the thing I love best about this series is its celebration of female empowerment. From Wonder Woman to Supergirl, Katana, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Miss Martian, Thunder and Lightning, and more, these books are full of strong, capable, diverse, and smart girls who save the day. Plus, Yee does a great job of creating and fostering healthy, loyal, and supportive female friendships amongst the Super Heroes. 

Harley Quinn at Super Hero High, with its charismatic heroine; amusing twists; and exciting storytelling is another super addition to a fun and fantastic series! 


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Lisa Yee’s debut novel, Millicent Min, Girl Genius, won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Her other novels for young people, with nearly two million copies in print, include Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, So Totally Emily Ebers, Absolutely Maybe, and two books about a fourth grader, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) and Bobby the Brave (Sometimes). Lisa is also the author of American Girl’s Kanani books and Good Luck, Ivy. Her recent novel, Warp Speed, is about a Star Trek geek who gets beat up every day at school. 

Lisa is a former Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence whose books have been chosen as an NPR Best Summer Read, a Sports Illustrated Kids Hot Summer Read, and a USA Today Critics’ Top Pick. 

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