Thursday, 6 October 2016

Electrigirl and the Deadly Swarm written by Jo Cotterill & illustrated by Cathy Brett

There should be a law against rain in the summer holidays. School finished two weeks ago and we've barely had a single day without rain. I hate it when it rains. It means I can't get outside, and I go bonkers when I'm cooped up indoors. 

Published by Oxford University Press in August 2016
244 pages 

Fully charged and ready for action. The second title in an explosive new series, with a unique mix of stunning comic book style visuals, and action-packed prose. Holly Sparkes was just your average 12-year-old, that was, until a bolt of lightning crashed into her. Now Holly Sparkes is ELECTRIGIRL! After honing her superpowers, rescuing her best friend, and defeating the evil Professor Macavity - a holiday is just what Holly needs. But there's much more than sun, sea, and sand on offer in the sleepy town of Polcarrow - and when a mysterious and deadly swarm attack there's only one person that can save the day ...ELECTRIGIRL! A new and exciting take on the classic superhero story - told from the original perspective of a 12-year-old girl. Part comic, part text, perfect for fiction and comic book fans alike. This accessible, fast-paced read is truly electrifying!
I love it when a sequel is just as fabulous as the first book! Electrigirl - part book... part comic is really a brilliant concept and as I mentioned in my previous review, I do think there should be more Middle Grade books like this.
Our heroine, Holly, is heading off on holiday with her mum, brother and best friend. They are all hoping for a good rest after all the drama with Professor Macavity and CyberSky. Though it seems when you have super powers, you don't really stand much of a chance of a rest. 
It seems Cornwall has been hit by a swarm of  potentially dangerous flying creatures, which means Holly needs to save everybody...AGAIN! Holly is quickly thrown into the drama, racing to the top of cliffs and climbing down through narrow caves to save everyone. 
There is a fabulous addition to their team in this book - Cameron, who comes across as slightly autistic. He's not very good at social interactions but has a head full of useful and useless facts. 
This book is easy to read and perfect for reluctant readers. The drama kicks in quickly and you find you can't put the book down until you have finished. Another cracker from a dynamic duo!

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