Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Benjamin Harper and Sarah Hines Stephens
Illustrator: Anoosha Syed
Amanda once again takes flight as Bug Girl, the young superhero of Oyster Cove with incredible bug based powers. Amanda is facing a mystery in the form of disappearing popular girls from her middle school. Unfortunately, her “partner” Emily is more worried about beating Geri, the schools new popular mean girl, for queen of the upcoming school dance than she is about finding the missing students. Amanda and Emily work through their issues of anger and jealousy to become real partners. They are just in time to save the middle school students from Geri who is not just mean, but truly a villainess with the plan to steal eternal youth from the other students. Working together, Bug Girl and the newly christened Fury, defeat Geri, and of course save the school dance.
Lovers of superhero stories will continue to enjoy the Bug Girl series. In this second book, the author keeps the focus of the story on the superheros and their adventures. By having the captured criminals confess their crimes to the police, the resolution is made super simple which allows the story to center on the heroes. This book also has messages about the importance of taking care of the environment and stopping bullying in schools. These are relatable issues for readers to connect with and be inspired by in their own lives. After all, no child reading this book has to have superpowers to be a hero in their own school or community. All they have to do is be a friend to someone who needs one or help clean up trash the way the heroes do in the book.
*Contains mild violence with super powers used against bad guys.