Zita the Spacegirl: Far from Home – book review

Far from Home
Zita the Spacegirl #1
by Ben Hatke
Graphic Novel
Science Fiction
* * * * * Stars (Amazing!)

Zita and her friend Joseph find a meteor crash site and within the meteor is a device with a big red button that Zita can’t resist pressing. It opens up a gate to another world and Joseph promptly gets sucked in. Zita follows him shortly thereafter, but discovers that Joseph has already been kidnapped by a group of aliens (well, alien to her, anyway) who believe he is going to save their world from total destruction (it’s been prophesized). Zita quickly makes some new friends who help her find and rescue Joseph, but it may be too late – both to go home and to save the other world which is still in danger.

Readers will love Zita, who is a gutsy girl determined to do the right thing and save her friend. She’s kind and loyal and helpful and is aided in her quest by a huge mouse, a couple of robots, a strong (though, not terribly smart) creature, and a not entirely trustworthy spaceman (Piper). Fantastic!

reviewed by YA Librarian

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