Our Favorite YA Superheroes (and Villains)
If you are anything like me, you spend A LOT of time daydreaming about hopping through the pages of your favorite books and running around with your favorite literary champions. Some heroes (and villains) wear capes, some have magical powers, and some are simply clever. Crystal Cestari’s SUPER ADJACENT provides a fresh new take on the supers who save the world. So, if you are feeling superhero-fever, here are some of my favorite hero-esque books to satisfy your cravings.
Claire has always dreamed of working alongside superheroes, so when she lands an internship in Chicago at Warrior Nation (WarNat) she is eager to show everyone what she’s got. However, at WarNat, things are not quite as perfect they seem. Bridgette (girlfriend of a famous hero named the Vaporizer) steps in to mentor Claire, and the two of them find a whole lot more trouble in their path. When heroes begin to disappear, it is up to Bridgette and Claire to fix the situation and save the day.
Although this is not your traditional superhero story, STRANGE THE DREAMER will still satisfy your heroic cravings. Complete with mystery, magic, and a lovable main character named Lazlo, this is a must-read for any lover of YA fantasy! And if you love it, there is a sequel—MUSE OF NIGHTMARES.
The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart
Illustrated by Carson Ellis
Let me first express that I think everyone should read this book, no matter how young or old you are. Not all superheroes have magical powers—some just have exceptionally clever minds! Reynie and his new friends Sticky, Kate, and Constance are selected through a series of strange tests to assist the odd Mr. Benedict with his mission to save the world.