Bulldog Library

Zita the Spacegirl

on March 16, 2013

JF Hatke    •    AR Reading Level: 2.5    •    AR Points: 1.0    •    Quiz #139128

Jacket.aspxWhen Zita finds a big red button at the bottom of a crater, she naturally does what anyone would do…she pushes the button.  That small decision will change her life forever, because as soon as she presses the big red button, three black tentacles reach through a vortex and grab her friend Joseph.  After a moment of panic, Zita pushes the button again and follows Joseph through the vortex.

When she lands on the other side of the vortex, she finds her self on an alien planet filled with creatures unlike anything on earth.  She is alone in a strange place.  Worse yet, the planet is about to explode.  How will she ever find Joseph on this crazy doomed planet, let alone rescue him from his captors before the world ends?

Zita the Spacegirl is an exciting science-fiction story told in a graphic novel (comic book) format.  The illustrations are drawn in a cartoonish style with soft washes of color that combine to create a unique look for this book.

The story is reminiscent of the L. Frank Baum’s beloved Oz books in that a young girl is ripped away from her home and ends up on quest in a far away land aided by friends she meets along the way.  Like Dorothy, Zita’s longs to return home; however, Zita has the added challenge of rescuing the friend she endangered by pushing the red button.  This book is highly recommended for younger tweens looking for an entertaining sci-fi adventure.

Genre: Science Fiction  •  Interest Level: grades 3-5

2012 ALA Notable Children’s Book

Hatke, B. (2010). Zita the Sapcegirl. New York : First Second

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