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Shadow of the Batgirl

By: Sarah Kuhn

Illustrator: Nicole Goux

Cassandra Cain is the daughter of super-villains and a living weapon trained from birth to be the ultimate assassin. But that doesn’t mean she has to stay that way, right? She’ll have to go through an identity crisis of epic proportions to find out. But how do you figure out who you’re supposed to be when you’ve been trained to become a villain your entire life?

After a soul-shattering moment that sends Cass reeling, she’ll attempt to answer this question the only way she knows how: learning everything she possibly can about her favorite hero—Batgirl. But Batgirl hasn’t been seen in Gotham for years, and when Cass’s father threatens the world she has grown to love, she’ll have to step out of the shadows and overcome her greatest obstacle—that voice inside her head telling her she can never be a hero.

Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781401289782

JLG Release: Mar 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language
Topics: Graphic novels , Self-confidence , Heroes , Family , Trauma

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Teenage assassin Cassandra Cain can’t remember anything—who she is, where she came from, even how to speak. As she finishes off a man in the alleys of Gotham City, her dying victim’s last words, about his daughter, trigger something in her. Overwhelmed, she finds refuge in the public library. Spying on a librarian’s storytime, she learns to Teenage assassin Cassandra Cain can’t remember anything—who she is, where she came from, even how to speak. As she finishes off a man in the alleys of Gotham City, her dying victim’s last words, about his daughter, trigger something in her. Overwhelmed, she finds refuge in the public library. Spying on a librarian’s storytime, she learns to talk again and discovers that Gotham’s hero Batgirl has gone missing and a crime wave has broken out. But the librarian’s tales of Batgirl motivate Cassandra to take her past—and future—into her own hands and become the hero she was meant to be. Kuhn’s reinterpretation of Batgirl is a tender, moving addition to DC’s series of superhero origin stories. Sympathetic characters, such as children’s librarian Barbara and local ramen chef Jackie, soften the sinister, Jason Bourne–inspired plot. While Cassandra’s romance with the library intern feels tacked on, kind and literary Erik is a gentle foil for the skilled warrior. Goux’s frenetic, jagged art depicts a gritty, menacing Gotham, though the vast library is a soothing sanctuary. Scenes of Cassandra leaping around the stacks and kicking over piles of books joyfully subvert the idea that a library should be a quiet, orderly place. Kuhn’s winning tale of a budding superhero attempting to forge a path ahead will resonate with teens wrestling with their own identities.

Book Details

ISBN

9781401289782

First Release

March 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Paperback

Publisher

DC Ink

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language

Topics

Graphic novels, Self-confidence, Heroes, Family, Trauma,

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Book Genres

Graphic Novels

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