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The Return of Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl #3)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  810 ratings  ·  157 reviews
Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventurein this NewYork Times‑Bestselling graphic novel trilogyfor middle grade readers.

Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrong
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by First Second
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Jun 09, 2014 First Second Books marked it as first-second-publications
This is the last volume of Ben Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl trilogy.

People keep coming to ask us if there are going to be more. 'Zita is so awesome!' they say. 'That means there must be more books!'

We agree that Zita is awesome! And this book certainly does end on an . . . interesting note.

But right now, there are not any plans for future Zita volumes. We have an amazing picture book coming out from Ben in the fall -- it's called _Julia's House for Lost Creatures_ -- and another graphic novel for
THE RETURN OF ZITA THE SPACEGIRL is the third and final Zita graphic novel (for now). Zita has saved many people and multiple worlds since leaving Earth to rescue her classmate Joseph. She's also made enemies, which has led to her being thrown into a terrible underground prison.

The Zita series is extremely popular for a good reason. The books have a lot of sci-fi action, colorful and creative character design, and an intrepid heroine determined to save the day. I really enjoyed how THE RETURN OF
Zita's back, hooray!! I just love Ben Hatke's characters. There are some delightful new ones in here, and of course all of our old favorites. He is SO GOOD at comic action -- every frame is filled with color and movement and excitement, and you just cannot put down the story and leave it. Well done, as always.

I did think the ending was a liiittle abrupt. I hope that it also means that this isn't the last we're seeing of Zita, though :)
Gah, I really love this little superhero. The world Hatke has created throughout this series is filled with all sorts of adorable aliens, quirky robots, and very loyal friends. Fingers crossed that Zita and her comrades have another adventure sometime soon!

"I went coast to coast, and from star to star
that's how you learn, just who you are"
Stuff I Read - The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke Review

I should say that I have not read the earlier Zita books, and that well could have affected my enjoyment of this, the third book in the series. Judging this volume completely on its own, though, and I found that it was a fun and charming read, a light story with some heavier and darker elements and enough plot twists and interesting characters to keep things moving along nicely. The action was solid, the plot complex enough while
Mary Catelli
More light-heated action and adventure in children's graphic novels.

Volume 2 and volume 3 are more connected to each other than the first one to them. Though volume 2 does round off its story before we learn how things will continue. Spoilers ahead, to be sure, for volume 1 and 2.

Return takes up from the cliff-hanger ending of Legends. At first with a mysterious masked figure darting about a mystery structure. All becomes clear, however, as he watches Zita's trial. Not only for stealing a spaces
Zita is on a penal planet, charged with sundry crimes based on her heroic exploits. More new interesting life forms, more adventure, more doing what she thinks is right regardless of the cost. Zita just gets better with each volume.

Library copy.
Nicola Mansfield
Excellent. All the characters from the first two books return in this book that brings elements from the previous stories together into a new book that has Zita saving the planet Earth. While all three books can be read as stand-alones, this one does a fine job of tying the books together and creating a trilogy with a plot that increases and culminates in this book. However we are not left at the end here and the last few pages set the stage for more Zita adventures. The creativity and imaginati ...more
Steven Klotz
The publisher sent me these to review, and I've rarely been more delightfully surprised.

This kid friendly trilogy of space adventure AWESOME is fun and inspiring and I'd recommend to any parent either trying to get their kid to read or trying to satiate a kid that can't stop reading. It's dense with cool aliens, tense situations and a narrative driven by friendship and loyalty. I really can't say enough good about these books. You 30, 40, etc year old kids will enjoy this as well.

Still pulling t
Definitely just cried at the end of Zita.
My eight year old daughter and I are both huge Zita fans, so we were very excited to get an arc of this third installment in the saga. We were not disappointed - The Return of Zita is arguably the best the series and develops the story with new depth while tying up all the plot threads. All the elements that made the first two books so entertaining are still here - the satire, appealing characters and wonderful melange of alien species, worlds and gadgets (I have been using doorpaste as a plot d ...more
Thanks NetGalley for the read!

I thought the spatial art for this volume was done beautifully. I’ve loved Zita from the very beginning as this spunky heroine adjusts quickly to space life and decides to help others and make friends. Showing the sparse bleak landscape of this dungeon world fit beautifully into Zita trying to escape (and not lose hope) in her biggest challenge, yet. The secondary characters that she meets are HILARIOUS!~ Hatke takes the usual trope of prison scenery and turns a “d
I originally got at ARC of this through NetGalley, but once I realized it was the third in a series, I decided to wait...and when I stumbled upon all three at my local library I was excited to read them! And all three were amazing. I love Zita!

There were so many awesome things about this third volume that it will be hard to remember them all. First, Zita has found herself imprisoned, and needs to find a way to a) break out, b) find her friends and c) get back to Earth! But of course, none of tha
Becky B
Zita is imprisoned in Dungeon World on trumped up charges. The truth is that the ruler of Dungeon World wants to use Zita to find a crystal that will enable him to create a portal and take over Earth for his very own. With the threat of harm to her friends and doom for her home world, Zita is really feeling the pressure to save the day. But that's hard to do in a maximum security prison/mine. That is, unless you have a friendly "ghost" and other helpful friends around to help you save the day.

That the entirety of Ben Hatke’s The Return of Zita the Spacegirl is an epic jailbreak comes as no surprise. From the very first book in the series, Zita has been held against her will—or has she? We know her slip through the portal and into Space was an accident. We know she wants to return home. In the course of the first book, she discovers herself lost more than once and the second risks dangerous compromise. But since then, Zita has become the Spacegirl, how could she possibly go back?

The s

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the-return-of-zita-the-spacegirl-zita-the-spacegirl-ben-hatkeThis is a really great children’s book and I just loved the illustrations. It is a wonderful book to open up the imagination of those young and old, like me. It’s also funny and easy to follow. Part of the appeal is the beautiful graphics that are pleasing to the eyes.

This is the third in the series and I didn’t feel like I was missing information from not readin
Teresa Scherping
Zita the Spacegirl has been captured by the evil warden of Dungeon World, convicted of various crimes, and thrown in a cell. Meanwhile the warden is mining for a rare jump crystal that will allow him to travel to Earth and conquer the planet with his armies. Luckily, Zita's adventures throughout the galaxy have won her many friends who are now ready to come to her aid and fight with her. But when an old friend shockingly reappears, Zita's mission to save those in need, even at the expense of her ...more
This was the final (at least for now) book in the Zita the Spacegirl series. I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program for review. It was an excellent read, I really loved it. It’s full of space adventure and fun for all ages.

Zita has been captured and wrongfully imprisoned following her actions in the second book. She has been sentenced to lifelong imprisonment in the depths Dungeon World. A mysterious unexpected figure shows up to help her escape, but Zita refuses to leave with
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Loved it. More complete review to come.

Full review:

Graphic novels and comic books have never held much appeal for me, but as my ten-year-old daughter has become quite an enthusiast, and my husband has a manga collection of extensive proportions, I figured I'd give graphic novels a shot. After combing some lists for suggestions for good middle grade graphic novels, this series came up, and my daughter thought it would be interesting, so we checked the first two books out from the library and I op
We have Zita's other adventures in our school library, so I was pleased that there was a new book out. This time around Zita will need the help of all her friends, old and new, to defeat the villain who wants to rule Earth. Some of the friends we see again are Piper, Madrigal, Strong Strong, and One. Zita is a great character. Even though she is a hero, she is still very human. She is impulsive, doesn't always think things through, and is still young enough to believe she can save everyone. But ...more
Fantastic! Zita is a great character and the whole trilogy is filled with so much feeling, love, compassion and determination. How does Ben Hatke do this with his artwork and cast of miscellaneous wacky characters?

Raggy and story of survival and working together was perfection and reminded me of an old story of the blind man and the lame man working together to get to a party. Their humor added a lot to this book and enhanced Zita's natural disposition to maintain hope and s
Jessica Mcclelland
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: May 13th 2014

The story follows Zita as she is imprisoned on a prison planet and tries to escape and save the galaxy from the evil warden who has far reaching plans. It seems many of Zita's previous companions resurface to try and break Zita out of prison and assist her in her quest. She also makes new friends inside the penitentiary such as Ragpile- a pile of sentient cloth and Femur- a failed escape artist tur
Penny Peck
The third and final "Zita" book relies heavily on the first two; a reader would not know what is happening if this was the first book he or she picked up. Zita is locked up and must escape to save her friends and return to Earth, in a story that is told as much in the illustrations as it is in the text. In fact, this third book has less text than the previous two, with several pages that are all artwork. Most pages have some dialogue, but in this book there are several "wordless" sections that c ...more
S.N. Arly
This is another fabulous Zita tale that builds expertly on the two previous books in character development, world development, and story.

This is billed as the last in a trilogy, but I'm desperately hoping Ben Hatke finds a few more Zita stories to tell. Zita is a hero. Not because she's big and strong. She's not some chosen one with stellar fighting skills. She's a girl who makes the tough choice when it's the right choice. She makes friends. She won't let anyone tell her who she can (or can't)
Pınar Alsaç
I haven't read the previous adventures of Zita. Apparently, this is her third epic adventure, and after reading it I really feel sorry that I never had a chance to read her adventures before.

It is beautifully written and illustrated book. As I was reading it, I felt love, trust, excitement and betrayal, as if it were me who was living the adventure. I think it is unique, I can't quite explain it but I can feel it.

After finishing, I realized that reading Zita is like watching one of Miyazaki's fi
In this third adventure of Zita the Spacegirl Zita is a captured prisoner who is sentenced to hard labor for the rest of her life. Of course there is hope. There is a skeleton and a pile of rags and some other creatures who have an interest in helping Zita escape. Only, she gets caught again. And now the Dungeon Lord wants to conquer Zita’s home planet, Earth. Zita must do everything she can to once again escape and save the worlds…again.

Such fun! Zita is just as spunky as ever. And I really enj
Check this review out and others on my blog: Get Real.

Ben Hatke pulls out all the stops in his final installment of the Zita the Spacegirl series. I'm sad to this series go, because the last one was the best yet. The illustrations and how they were delineated frame by frame were excellent and added a great sense of dynamism and pacing to the story. Zita remains indefatigable and courageous to the end. She's a great character, who's instantly relatable. All of her sidekicks, from the flying robot
This review is based on a digital ARC provided by Netgalley.

The evil, scheming Dungeon Lord has captured Zita and imprisoned her on trumped up charges to ensure that she is not a threat to him. She is too unpredictable and helps all those in need without thought to the consequences - these are not qualities that he prizes. He has also captured her friend, Mouse, and is threatening to execute him if Zita does not work in the mines to help find a portal that is purported to be buried in rocks. Ho
Gillade dessvärre inte sista boken lika mycket som de föregående, för mig är det andra delen som sticker ut - där fick vi karaktärsbakgrund och färgglad fantasi. Men en bra trilogi grafiska romaner.
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Other Books in the Series

Zita the Spacegirl (3 books)
  • Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #1)
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