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Bumblebee at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls)

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Bumblebee at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls)

The awesome adventures and villain-thwarting capers at Super Hero High reach new heights in the series’ sixth installment from author Lisa Yee: BUMBLEBEE AT SUPER HERO HIGH. Readers have gotten tales from all the classic DC Super Hero Girls like Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Katana, but now it is time to focus on the lesser-known Bumblebee. When the world’s honey supply starts to suddenly decrease, crops become scarce, natural disasters are appearing all over the world and some tech is missing from her lab, Bumblebee must figure out what --- or who --- is the cause. Somehow, Bumblebee is going to have to figure out how to balance all of her responsibilities with school, family and friends, all while creating new technology to keep up with her super-powered classmates. But she is determined to handle it all with style and sting!

"Yee has really nailed the individual personalities and quirks of these characters, and each installment easily stands on its own."

One of the most interesting things about Bumblebee is that she does not have any inherent super powers like her friends Wonder Woman, Supergirl, or Beast Boy. Instead, she is a hero who fought her way into Super Hero High using her passion, intelligence and creativity. Bumblebee, also known as Karen Andrena-Beecher, created a super suit that allows her to fly, gives her the power to shrink and grow, and features some sonic blasters to boot. However, when her tech begins to fail, Bumblebee faces a crisis of identity. She wonders who she truly is without her super suit, and learns that being a super hero is not just about having powers --- it’s about who you are.

Of course, all of Bumblebee’s super friends are featured, too. Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Beast Boy and Poison Ivy --- to name just a few --- help Bumblebee on her journey to self-discovery. Together, all the Supers learn the importance of working together as a team in order to save the day, and each has a very distinct personality that makes these novels a joy to read. Personally, I am a big fan or stories that focus on heroes who do not have super powers of their own, but use their ingenuity and unique skills to save the day. Yee has really nailed the individual personalities and quirks of these characters, and each installment easily stands on its own.

Staying true to the series, BUMBLEBEE AT SUPER HERO HIGH is a short-but-sweet novel that is perfect for young middle-grade readers. Older readers might find the format of this series to be a bit too juvenile, but there is plenty to enjoy here whether readers are familiar with the Super Hero Girls series or not. And though this is the sixth installment of the series, there is no need to have read the others if you want to jump right into Bumblebee’s adventure! All the background you need is right in the story. I would definitely recommend this novel to fans of the show, or to any young readers of all genders who are just discovering a love for super heroes!

Reviewed by Katherine Szabo on July 24, 2018

Bumblebee at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls)
(DC Super Hero Girls #6)
by Lisa Yee