The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
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Series: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1   
Annotation: After Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers, she becomes a full-fledged superhero called Squirrel Girl.
Genre: [Science fiction]
Catalog Number: #148994
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 324 pages
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: Publisher: 1-484-78852-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99225-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-484-78852-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99225-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016944544
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The popular but perhaps lesser-known Squirrel Girl comics leap into the realm of the novel thanks to the considerable talent of wife-and-husband team Shannon and Dean Hale. Doreen Green, a peppy 14-year-old with a gorgeous tail (tactfully concealed) and secret squirrel powers, is doing her best to make friends th human and squirrel her new New Jersey town, but it isn't easy. She's been dismissed by the popular girls and local LARPers, but Doreen finds a BFF in hearing-impaired classmate Ana Sofía. When Doreen notices that someone is mistreating the town's wildlife, her tail comes out and she springs into action as Squirrel Girl, with Ana Sofía running logistics. Shifting narration opens the story to Doreen's, Ana Sofía's, and, most entertainingly, Tippy-Toe the squirrel's perspectives. Doreen's upbeat attitude and naïveté make her seem several years younger than 14, but middle-school readers will latch on to her enthusiasm and heroic instincts. Fun, funny, and action-packed, this first Squirrel Girl adventure will win plenty of fans. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Marvel anything draws a crowd. Add these best-selling authors and a book tour into the mix and they'll go nuts.
Horn Book
Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green, half-girl, half-squirrel, uses her squirrel powers to save her New Jersey neighborhood from her arch-nemesis in this origin story to the comic books. The focus shifts between Doreen, squirrel Tippy-Toe, and Doreen's deaf bestie Ana Sofma; throughout, Doreen adds first-person footnotes that are humorous but also interrupt the story's flow. Comical text-message interludes with other Marvel characters are a welcome bonus.
Kirkus Reviews
A middle-grade origin story for Squirrel Girl, one of Marvel Comics' wackiest superheroes. Cheerful, silly, white, chubby-cheeked Doreen Green moves from sunny California to a surly New Jersey town besieged by mean girls, a minor crime wave, wild dogs, and horrific squirrel traps. Although her initial optimism is squashed in a typical fish-out-of-water new-kid story (which reaches a low point with the old new-kid-eating-lunch-in-the-bathroom cliché), it takes a lot to keep Doreen down. She's special—born with squirrel abilities proportional to her human size, including the ability to communicate with them, and a giant fluffy tail. Soon her heroics come out and draw the attention of an aspiring supervillain just waiting to make his name by sending his evil machines against a nemesis. The villain's cleverness makes him a good match for Squirrel Girl, who utilizes help from her friends (including squirrel Tippy-Toe and her deaf, Latina best friend, Ana Sofía) and exchanges comical text messages with famous Marvel characters in search of advice. The story is told in alternating chapters narrated in the first person for Tippy-Toe and third person for Doreen and Ana Sofía; the third-person account is interrupted, however, by first-person commentary from Doreen via footnotes. Early on, too many footnotes interrupt the narrative rhythm without serving enough purpose, but eventually her charm wins out. Despite a rough start, Doreen's story offers a heroine it's easy to go nuts over. (Science fiction. 8-12)
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Word Count: 58,878
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 188224 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.3 / points:15.0 / quiz:Q73057
Lexile: 700L

WHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?

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