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

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  3,749 Ratings  ·  309 Reviews
Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times-Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for 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. Wr
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by First Second
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Jul 05, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Wonderful end to an amazing trilogy. I highly recommend these books.
First Second Books
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
Zita's origin story comes to an end with this volume, though there's plenty of room for further adventures.

As with the other two, this book is full of well-rounded characters, intergalactic adventures, real-life emotions surrounding not-real-life conundrums, and wonderful creatures on every page.

It's the ending that particularly charmed me, making me say, "Good for you, girl. Take charge of your own destiny!" It's pretty empowering and I wish I'd have had this in my hands when I was 8-years-old.
Jun 18, 2014 Liviania rated it really liked it
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
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 12, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 01, 2015 Chenoa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"
Jackie B. Forman
Sadly, the tales of Zita's adventures in space have come to a close. The final book in a beautiful graphic novel trilogy, The Return of Zita the Sapcegirl picks up where the last book left off. We find Zita trapped in an asteroid prison because all the good she did as Zita the Spacegirl had some repercussions that might not have been all good. Awaiting trial for her crimes of goodness, Zita and her pals learn that the prison warden is planning to dominate the galaxy-- starting with Earth!

The thi
Steph Sinclair
This has to be the CUTEST graphic novel series I’ve ever read. My kids and I love it so hard. The best part is that it’s a perfect graphic novel for my young kids (3 and 6) to understand and enjoy. It’s also great for me to do lots of voices to entertain them. I love the fact that it’s a sci-fi story for kids that features a female heroine. That doesn’t happen often enough! Zita is brave and a good friend. Though she has her moments of insecurity and bad decisions, she doesn’t give up easily. Al ...more
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 :)
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.
Nov 04, 2013 Raina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j, graphicnovel
I love this series so much - it raises the bar for kids comics. Still pretty heartbroken he's stopping at three with Zita.
Definitely just cried at the end of Zita.
Bruce Gargoyle
Ten Second Synopsis:
Zita is held prisoner by a despotic ruler who wants to use her portal button to take over Earth. Aided by a skeleton, a pile of rags and a friend from the past, Zita tries to overcome the ruler's evil plans.

You may have picked up that I skipped book two in the series, Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, because the library didn't have it (boo!). This wasn't too much of a drama because the opening scenes cleverly work some of the key points from books one and two into the dialogue
Jul 07, 2017 Krista rated it it was amazing
How do they just keep getting better. So much fun.
Wow, wow, wow, and more wow! What a fantastic volume this was, even better than all the others before it. And then that ending! <3

I will first talk about the stuff that is spoiler-free, after that I will review the rest in spoiler tags, as that is needed. I don't want to spoil the epic stuff in this book. So, be warned, read the spoilers at your own risk! They are big spoilers, but I need to review the book, and thus some things will have to be spoiler tagged.

First up, Zita. Ah, I loved her i
Jan 09, 2017 Kelcey rated it it was amazing
A great finale and an all too short trilogy. I wish we could see more of Zita and Joseph and all Zita's friends! The ending made me smile!
On another episode of Zita the Spacegirl, we discover that Zita is in prison in a planet that is difficult for anyone to locate her. It has been rumored this prison planet existed but never discovered. Zita is guilty on all charges from stealing the space ship and luckily this masked hero helps her almost escape. While she was almost out of prison, she discovers there is a creature that is supposed to be floating in space and instead is chained up and its power is being drained. She wants to hel ...more
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
Cozy ending that kind of promise a continuation!
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
Dec 20, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, arc
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
Although I still really enjoyed this third Zita volume, especially because Ben Hatke's art just continues to improve, it came to my attention that Zita isn't very developed or unique as a protagonist. While I'm thrilled that she's a cool girl who goes on adventures, I realized that, in many ways, she's the bland main character you see in shonen manga (think Naruto, or Goku): good-hearted, persistent, loyal and impulsive, but not particularly clever, whose real "magic" power is her ability to mak ...more
Feb 08, 2017 Zaz rated it really liked it
My favorite in the series. The tone was darker and the story felt stronger, which was pleasant for a conclusion. I appreciated Zita's personality and decisions in this volume, more than in the previous ones, she really cared about others and was resourceful. The supportive cast was wide and interesting, adding humor and friendship to the volume.
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
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
Jan 11, 2017 karenbee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
My kids finished this book without me (their dad read the last two chapters) and then my youngest daughter picked The Return of Zita the Spacegirl again the next day, even though they'd already read it, so that I could read the last two chapters, too.

This is the last book in Hatke's Zita trilogy; Hatke does leave the end open for a continuation but I don't think there are any plans for more. The possibility is there, though -- and I love that even if there are no other official adventures, Zita
Soh Kam Yung
Jul 30, 2016 Soh Kam Yung rated it liked it
In this third book, Zita the Spacegirl is imprisoned and sent to the mines to hunt for a crystal that could lead to the warden's plan to invade the Earth, or Zita's way to go home.

But when her escape attempts fail, she starts to lose hope; until hope returns in the form of the friends that she had made in previous adventures who all gather to free her, including one unexpected friend. But Zita herself is not through rescuing others.

In the end, it all works out but is this the final adventure of
Zita finds herself on a planet devotes to punishment, but even when she is found guilty of various space crimes and sentenced to hard labor, she still finds room to be compassionate toward others. Fans of the series will enjoy this one, which ties up various loose ends while allowing Zita's spunky personality and keen sense of morality to be highlighted. She's not the kind of girl to think of herself first, but instead, remains true to her friends and to her mission. There are plenty of wonderfu ...more
Madeleine Gamboa
May 28, 2015 Madeleine Gamboa rated it liked it
I think this is a good book because it is about a girl that wants to save the world from the bad guy. She goes to jail from robing a spaceship because at the other book that I read in the beginning a robot saw a poster of Zita and dressed up like her so Zita saw her and put her on stage.She then went with mouse and go for an adventure.Then Zita went back pushed the robot back so the robot got mad and pushed Zita and Zita just laid down on the floor.
Jan 05, 2016 Earl rated it really liked it
I'd been meaning to read this series because its quite popular at the store. And I can see why!

I read the trilogy, completely sucked in with the story, the adventure, the characters, and the friendships.

The only downside is that when I've finally met Zita, I have to say goodbye to her! I hope there'll be more regular adventures but it's also great that the series it ended the way it did.
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Ben Hatke is an author and illustrator of graphic novels and picture books. Most notably he is the creator of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel series.

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Other Books in the Series

Zita the Spacegirl (3 books)
  • Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #1)
  • Legends of Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #2)

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