By Hope Larson and Tintin Pantoja
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: All Teens
In this breakthrough graphic novel from the award-winning author of Mercury, there’s a new superhero in town—and she’s got kick-butt cyberpowers. Meet Lin, a formerly average teenage girl whose cell phone zaps her with magical powers. But just as superpowers can travel through the ether, so can evil. As Lin starts to get a handle on her new abilities (while still observing her curfew!), she realizes she has to go head-to-head with a nefarious villain who spreads his influence through binary code. And as if that weren’t enough, a teen blogger has dubbed her an “anonymous coward!” Can Lin detect the cyber-criminal’s vulnerability, save the day, and restore her reputation?
With ingenious scripting from graphic novel phenom Hope Larson and striking art from manga illustrator Tintin Pantoja, this action-packed story brims with magical realism and girl-power goodness.
This book was fun. A teen superhero! I really appreciated the fact that she was from a biracial family and the star of the show. That's hard to find in YA. I tried making a booklist of stories that featured non-white main characters who would be considered to have "average" or positive lives. I couldn't find much. It seems that most stories in YA featuring main characters who aren't white are struggling with teenage pregnancy, drugs, disease, homelessness, etc. It was a depressing realization. I hope there's a sequel to this book! We need more positive books!