At this year’s ALA annual conference in San Francisco, I will be debuting a 200-plus book collection on female superheroes at the Children’s Plus booth. We at Children’s Plus hope that this list, titled Sheroes: Female Superheroes from Amelia to Zita!, will serve as a valuable shopping tool for our school and library customers looking to expand and diversify their superhero collections. In addition to an eye-catching display, ALA attendees can expect a visit from Zita the Spacegirl during the opening session, and an opportunity to win Sheroic prizes.
To get you started, though, here are eight of the best recent books about female superheroes for older readers, linked to Booklist reviews.
I Am Princess X, by Cherie Priest
This stand-out novel of teen intrigue with comic-book visuals woven throughout introduces a homegrown superhero, Princess X.
Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona is a shapeshifter in a world that seamlessly blends fantasy, sci-fi, humor, and adventure with the complexity of classic comic-book heroes.
Ms. Marvel: Generation Why, by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jacob Wyatt
The second trade release of Ms. Marvel has Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Kahn back in action, teaming up with Wolverine and addressing tech-savy Millennials.
Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, More, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and illustrated by David Lopez
Revamped from her 1970s predecessor, Carol Danvers takes on new missions across the universe. This volume features the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell, by Paul Dini and illustrated by Joe Quinones.
DC “frenemies” Black Canary and Zatanna team up in a story with classic action-comics elements and modern sensibilities.
Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword, by Mike Maihack
The second volume in this intergalactic adventure series featuring our new favorite historical time traveler, Cleopatra of Egypt as Savior of the Galaxy.
Who Is AC?, by Hope Larson and illustrated by Tintin Pantoja
In this contemporary origin story, Lin Carroll is a zine-writing teenager that is hurdled into the role of heroine when an emergency call on her cell phone activates her superpowers.
Lois Lane: Fallout, by Gwenda Bond
Bond imagines Lois Lane as a witty contemporary teenager with a secret weapon, an online friend and romantic interest known only by his screenname, “Smallville Guy.”
For the complete list of female superhero favorites, check out the “Featured Lists” section at www.childrensplusinc.com. (A login is required.)