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Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
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Mar 12, 11

bookshelves: graphic-novels, fantasy
Read from February 17 to 18, 2011

Opening scene: Just another ordinary day. Or is it? Zita has just taken her friend Joseph’s notebook on the way home from school one day. The two are arguing, as friends will do, when they discover a huge crater with a small meteoroid still steaming down inside. Zita scrambles in for a closer look, despite Joseph’s objections. She discovers a bright red electronic device, which Joseph urges her to discard. Naturally, however, Zita pushes the button. A rip in the atmosphere alerts them to the opening of a portal . . . and long black tentacles reach out and grab Joseph! After the portal closes, Zita is naturally upset. It doesn’t take her long to come to a decision . . . she must rescue him. So Zita pushes the button again and when the air shimmers and the portal re-opens, Zita hurls herself through. She lands in an alien world, filled with strange shaped creatures, some bearing a resemblance to earth creatures but of monstrous size (a huge snail leaving a correspondingly huge slime trail), weird multi-armed and -eyed creatures, and still others more mechanical or robot like. Zita quickly learns the planet is doomed to be destroyed in three days and Joseph has been taken by one of the most dangerous sects of society who are convinced that Joseph holds the key to saving their planet. Fortunately, Zita has a knack for making friends, recognizing those who are treated unjustly like Strong-Strong, who is big on heart though not on brains, and One, a robot weapon with a sense of honor. They, along with a gigantic kind-hearted Mouse, become faithful companions on her journey to rescue Joseph.
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Rebecca The part where she was run over by a giant snail was so unexpected that I laughed out loud!


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