|Anti/Hero : a graphic novel|
Author: Quinn, Kate Karyus
Piper Pajaro is strong and longs to be a superhero while Sloane MacBrute puts her smarts to use for her villainous grandfather, but when a mission to steal an experimental technological device brings the two 13-year-old girls face to face with each other, the device sparks and the two girls switch bodies. In graphic novel format.
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||Lunetta, Demitria|
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2020 Piper and Sloane both want to be superheroes, and both have superhero skills that will get them there. Together, superstrong Piper and supersmart Sloane could be magic, but they aren’t friends and don’t plan on it, until a piece of technology brings them together—literally!—when they accidentally swap bodies. As they desperately try to switch back, they also try to keep Sloane’s evil grandfather far away from the device. Meanwhile, they face some classic middle-grade struggles: they're trying to win Bruce Wayne’s school challenge (the prize is a trip to Antarctica!); Piper wants to see her missing parents; and Sloane wants to work around real scientists. Will they be able to keep everything straight so that justice can be done and one of them can win the prize? The artwork is cute, colorful, and very well detailed. The panels are easy to follow and will draw readers into the quick and quirky story. A great read for those who are ready for some new superheroes in the DCU. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2020 Gr 3–6—Two polar-opposite, superpowered 13-year-old girls get in each other's way as they attempt to complete a mission. Popular Piper Pájaro is determined to protect her city as the superhero the Hummingbird, but her lack of control over her super strength has law enforcement dubbing her the Wrecking Ball. Intelligent thief Sloane MacBrute is the essence of suave thanks to her tech gadgetry and stealth. But unlike outgoing Piper, Sloane is a loner, forced into an isolating life of crime in order to take care of her mom. When Sloane's crime lord grandfather demands she steal a mysterious invention for him, Piper's and Sloane's paths collide and they accidentally activate the invention: a body-switching device. Trapped in each other's bodies, the two girls must work together to thwart the senior MacBrute's evil plans. Although the plot is predictable at times, this is a quick, funny read with an empowering message about learning to understand others. At times, the authors use well-worn tropes (Piper's missing parents; Sloane's sick mother) to advance the narrative; at others, they subvert expectations (often kids with troubled family lives are depicted as academic underperformers, but here it's Piper who struggles and Sloane who excels). Gil's vibrant art brings the story to life through contrasting color schemes, skillfully drawn action sequences, and lively facial expressions. VERDICT Fans of the DC Super Hero Girls TV series will find Piper and Sloane a winning duo.—Lara Goldstein, Forsyth County Public Libraries, NC - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.