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Legends of Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl Series) Paperback – September 4, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Zita the Spacegirl Series

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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
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • 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 (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 when it arrived yesterday my eleven year old was so excited! She read it from cover to cover, and then came to me exclaiming that I must read it as well. Thank you Ben Hatke for the wonderful book! We read it again, aloud, and stopped to enjoy all of the intricacies of the artwork. My daughter is very artistic, and loves creating her own comics characters, and nothing escaped her. She also got the first Zita book out, 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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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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I read the first book and then immediately shipped it to my little sister. It was a great read. It's a good story for boys and girls and even better, the star is an awesome, independent, adventurous girl (good for girl empowerment). I didn't read this before sending it to my little sister who is 10 but she informed me that she loves the book.
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This is another fun graphic novel for middle grade readers. Zita is a determined and courageous character who hopes to one day return to earth, in the meantime she has become a galactic hero after saving a planet in her first adventure (Zita the Spacegirl). Unfortunately fame has its price and when she is forced to steal a space ship to try to reconnect with her friends, she becomes a wanted fugitive. Can she catch up to her friends and save another planet from doom? Of course she can, she is Zita the Spacegirl!

I highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy a light, fun, quick read full of interesting characters, great plot twists, and creative settings. The illustrations are bright and appealing, the action intense but not graphic. I look forward to many more Zita adventures.
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My daughter, 9, was awaiting this after I got her the first in the series a few months ago and this was a hit. She really enjoys Zita. She read it the first day she got it and reread a few days later. She took to school to show her friends and teacher! Both Zita books stay in her backpack. Very pleased.
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I have seen 4 young boys (ages 4-7) spend 45 minutes pouring over this book. Hopefully that alone is enough to get you to check it out. Not convinced? When Legends of Zita showed up in the mail I hid it from my kids because I was too eager to have to wait for them to read it first. Thus I can safely say that all members of our household give Zita a huge stamp of approval.

The first book, Zita the Spacegirl is a delightful 10. Book #2, Legends of Zita, goes all the way up to 11. Zita is now the hero of the universe after saving the Scriptorian’s planet. But having planets full of fans is an exhausting responsibility for a young Earth girl so she jumps at the chance to flee the spotlight when a robotic Zita look-a-like appears. Unfortunately this leads to Zita and Mouse getting separated from their friends, who are drawn to Lumponia so that (robot) Zita can save the Lumponians from killer star hearts.

Often times, plots that pull the protagonist away from a beloved cast of characters sucks the wind out of the story. But here it creates the opportunity for Zita to expand her galactic family with additional compelling characters like Dobblelganger, Madrigal, Glissando, etc. In lesser hands this might make the story too busy but Hatke deftly keeps each character engaging and cleverly uses visual and dialogue to both propel the story forwards while giving just enough glimpses into each character’s back-story.

Legends of Zita has more humor but also more melancholy. Says Madrigal, “I think you’re like the rest of us. Just trying to hold things together while you find your way.” This sums up the position many of the characters find themselves in. Legends of Zita ends with Zita heading off on her own to find Mouse who had an unfortunate run-in with the Doom Squad.
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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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