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|Superman : dawnbreaker|
Author: de la Pena, Matt
Before he becomes Superman, Clark Kent must save his hometown of Smallville.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 5.10
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 501563
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 5.40
Points: 19.0 Quiz: 76594
Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/01/19)
School Library Journal (03/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2019 Teenage Clark Kent, the boy who will become Superman, feels lost among his teammates and school friends. He’s actively tried to be a hero, but that has led to more collateral damage than the original accidents might have. He’s the anxious stranger, forever trapped outside, looking in on the things he thinks he can’t have. Modern Smallville is beset with modern problems: a stop-and-frisk law is coming up on the ballots, and immigrants are disappearing from the city, quietly whisked away for no doubt nefarious purposes. Clark must follow the clues—foreshadowing his future as an investigative reporter—and face up to the fact that this world needs heroes, and he might need to be one of them. The DC Icons series, which uses popular and award-winning YA authors to give classic heroes a new spin (see Sarah J. Maas’ Catwoman: Soulstealer, 2018), works well. This combination of Superman and de la Peña will fly off library shelves, as the award-winning author offers a glimpse into the Man of Steel’s beginning as a teenage outsider. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2019 Gr 8 Up—In the latest series installment, de la Peña brings teenage Clark Kent to the present day, fighting against racial prejudice, abduction, and genetic experimentation in Smallville. Clark has just left the football team, much to the chagrin of his teammates, who feel betrayed. While he may have been the best player on his team, Clark knows quitting is for the best, giving him more time to spend with his best friend and aspiring journalist Lana Lang. Clark begins hanging out with Bryan, son of a powerful businessman who is trying to buy up family farms, and Bryan's mysterious friend, Lex Luthor. Tensions are high as the town prepares to vote on a stop-and-search initiative. Prejudice and violence toward Smallville's Mexican population are increasing, and Clark's friend and crush, Gloria Alvarez, claims that people are disappearing. As Clark learns the truth about his past and questions his identity, one thing remains true: Clark will always help those in need. This is a modern and relevant take on Clark Kent's teenage years, ending with the protagonist taking on the role of Superman. New characters seamlessly interact with familiar ones. VERDICT Recommended for libraries where this series is popular.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.