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Gr 3-6-Hatke has again conjured up a rich and satisfying story with enchanting characters and delightful humor. Lumponians are seeking Zita's help to save their planet from the dangerous invasion of star hearts that will strip a planet to its bedrock. Convinced that she is their only hope, they offer as payment the remaining jump crystal that will allow her to return home. They happen upon a robot masquerading as Zita and employ this counterfeit hero to save them. While Zita does save the Lumponians and her rivalry with robot Zita is nicely resolved, the story is obviously a setup for further adventures as she must rescue her companion mouse. Hatke's humor is in top form, including the creation of dialects with unique spellings and language that perfectly capture the each character's personality. Even robots have a language. Wordplay is omnipresent, such as names based on musical terms, and the star-hearts invasion being described as a "heart attack." Inventive sound effects such as "scootch" and "snuffle" and the gift of a "slap in a box" are among the many bon mots youngsters will savor. The characters' expressive faces are given a charm and attention to detail that will captivate readers of all ages, and the beautifully illuminated images of space inspire awe. Legends offers a parody of celebrity status and gently explores the question of notoriety versus heroism. Fans of Zita's adventures will relish this installment.-Babara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Zita's moxie is positively contagious, and her adventures are un-put-downable. Readers would be hard-pressed to not find something to like in these tales; they're a winning formula of eye-catching aesthetics and plot and creativity, adeptly executed. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 250L (What's this?)
  • Series: Zita the Spacegirl Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: First Second (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596434473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596434479
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ben Hatke is an artist, writer and comics creator. He is the creator of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novels and a contributor to the Flight Anthologies. Ben learned painting through studying the Italian Masters and by training at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence.

He lives and works in Front Royal, Virginia with his lovely wife and growing family. He loves swords and whistles and juggling and adventures. Breakfast is his favorite meal of the day.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ana Braga-Henebry VINE VOICE on September 5, 2012
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We fell in love with Zita for many reasons: first of all Zita is good, brave, kind and cute! Then the characters created by Ben are unique, original and hilarious! The story is fast-paced and very adventurous! The art is wonderful: Ben is a fantastic, talented and solid artist.
We had pre-ordered the second volume and it arrived yesterday! Our my eleven year old was so excited! She read it from cover to cover and then came to me exclaiming I must read it as well. Thank you Ben Hatke for the wonderful time spent together with my daughter last night. We read if aloud and stopped to enjoy all of the intricacies of the artwork. My daughter is very artistic and loves creating her comics characters, and nothing escaped her. She also got the first Zita and compared the two. After we were done she went on Ben's blog to find out about the third Zita!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Shuping on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I remember discovering Zita in webcomic format several years ago and being entranced, not only with the character of Zita and the adventures she took, but Ben's incredible artwork as well. Sadly at some point I lost track of the site and Zita. And then...last year Zita the Spacegirl was released and Zita was able to tell us her full story of how she got into space. And why she was a hero. I feel in love with Zita all over again and I couldn't wait to read more about her adventures. Thankfully Ben is continuing the story and now we get the next chapter in Zita's life as she attempts to make her way home.

In a junkyard on a planet far, far away a robot, a imprint-a-tron, crawls out of the wreckage around it and discovers a poster of Zita. Meanwhile not too far away Zita's ship has just touched so that she can meet her fans and continue to look for a way home. Of course her newest fan, the imprint-a-tron, will be there and it will be made up too look just like Zita! Zita, looking for a few moments to herself, takes advantage of the doppelganger and heads off for her own little adventure. But troubles ensues as the robot decides it wants Zita's life! And its off on a mission that it may not return from, as well as creating some trouble along the way. Zita in pursuit of her friends quickly finds herself on wanted posters and the space police will stop at nothing to catch her. Can Zita make her way back to her life and those of her friends? Or will she end up wandering the far reaches of space for ever trying to get back home?



As much as I was looking forward to this second volume, I have to admit I was a bit worried when I started reading the story. The beginning seemed a bit slow and the story was almost predictable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. OBrien on September 4, 2012
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My nine-year-old read this aloud to his sister (8) and brother (5) in one sitting the minute it arrived. All three enjoyed it very much. My oldest pronounced it "even better" than the first Zita book (Zita the Spacegirl).

The sequel has more adventures, I'm told, and some new characters, including a robot who tries to impersonate Zita.

The kids loved it -- and when I can get my hands on it, I'll read it too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara M Glassman on September 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
***This review appeared previously at medusaslibrary.wordpress.com***
I love this graphic novel so much! It is a sequel to Zita the Spacegirl, which came out last year from FirstSecond. Zita is an ordinary Earth girl who ends up lost in space. Book one is her trying to sort out where she is and what to do about it. She builds a group of awesome friends, has adventures, and becomes a galactic hero.
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl is a new story. For one thing, it doesn't start off with Zita. It starts with a little robot. The robot has been thrown away. He doesn't really have a purpose until he sees that Zita the Spacegirl will be visiting his planet on her tour. Suddenly, he has a purpose! He must become more like Zita the Spacegirl. Unfortunately, these robots have a flaw. Sometimes, rather than wanting to be more like someone, they want to become that person.
Soon, the robot has taken Zita's place aboard ship and Zita herself has been stranded. Hijinks ensue. The robot agrees to help a planet that is about to be wiped out. Zita becomes an intergalactic criminal and goes on the run with a very interesting lady captain who has history with one of Zita's friends.

This book is adorable, beautiful, and touching. It has amazing things to say about identity, bravery, and friendship. I recommend it to everyone. All of you! Go read it. No, really. Go read it! And read the first one too. It's also amazing. How amazing is it you ask? It's so amazing that I want to hug it. I made it the Book of the Week at Little Professor. I've tweeted about it, Facebooked about it. I'd do an interpretive dance if I thought it would help. Please, please, please go look at this book! To make me happy. And because it was my birthday last week. And... and.... because an adorable puppy is begging you to!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on May 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl is the second in the Zita the Spacegirl series. The first, Zita the Spacegirl, was a 2012-13 Bluebonnet nominee, and the winner at my daughters' school.

I enjoyed Legends of Zita as much, if not more, than the original. The characters are fun and endearing, and the graphic art does a great job of adding subtext to the story. I won't claim that I enjoy graphic novels as much as written novels, quite the opposite. I would love to read a Zita the Spacegirl novel, although I would miss the pictures of the characters so it would have to be an illustrated novel.

Theme/Theology: Self-sacrifice

In Zita the Spacegirl, Zita's reckless actions cause her and a friend to be trapped on a planet that is about to be destroyed. Zita finally takes responsibility for her actions and sends her friend back home (only one could go), leaving her trapped far away from home.

In the Legends of Zita, Zita is trying to get home and she's growing tired of her super-hero popularity. A robot impersonates Zita and places a whole planet, Zita, and her friends at risk. Once again, a reckless disregard for rules lands Zita and her friend Mouse in trouble, this time with planetary authorities. Someone else besides Zita has to sacrifice themselves to save the planet, leaving Zita to deal with the consequences of her rule breaking.

Rating: G

Social Issues: Breaking the rules, respect for authority.

This is a fantastic series and I don't mind saying that I'm a fan.
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