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(The League of Secret Heroes #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  97 reviews
A brilliant girl puzzler discovers she’s part of a superhero team!

Josie O’Malley does a lot to help out Mam after her father goes off to fight the Nazis, but she wishes she could do more—like all those caped heroes who now seem to have disappeared. If Josie can’t fly and control weather like her idol, Zenobia, maybe she can put her math smarts to use cracking puzzles for t
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Aladdin
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NetGalley ARC.

The format was all messed up for this book and that was really disappointing because I was enjoying it! It seemed to be a cute middle grade superhero book! I guess it was set in the 1940's? Or an alternate reality? Seemed fun and I'll have to check out the finished copy. Also it starts off as a comic book and then transfers into a novel!
Ms. B
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars, this story about superheroes fighting World War II on the homefront (Philadelphia) was a lot of fun. Part historical fiction, part mystery, and part adventure. Whoever knew that the world could use a few superheroes then and now? Even if you aren't a fan of superheroes, give this one a try.
In addition to fans of superheroes, fans of girl power or good vs evil stories will like this one.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

In an alternate historical world, World War II is raging, but the superheroes that once saved the day are all gone. Josie O'Malley always put her faith in Zenobia, whose exploits were often written up in comic book format, and wishes that she could be like the superhero instead of just working at a local diner to help out her family. Josie's father is a soldier abroad, and her mother is trying hard to make ends meet for Josie, her two younger brothers, and her cou
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This book is such a fun mixture of genres and formats: a historical fiction superhero novel with graphic novel elements! Right there, I was sold. This book will appeal to such a wide variety of kids, and I think it will get many of them reading about an era that they wouldn’t otherwise have thought they’d be interested in.

The book is set in the US during WWII, and it highlights the real-life women (and a few men) who c
Aug 12, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Wonder Woman, Hidden Figures, Agent Carter, superheroes, and girl power
Perfect for fans of Wonder Woman, Hidden Figures, and Agent Carter, Cape is a fun and powerful historical, science-fiction middle grade story. The characters, especially Josie, are a blast and I love how diverse they are despite the story being set in the 1940s. Not only does this book address the issues people had during wartime, but it takes a stab at racism, sexism, and bullying during this time period as well. The story doesn’t shy away from big problems just because it’s middle grade. The w ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
My daughter said we had to give this five stars. Review to come!
I wanted this book to be more than it was. Based on the cover and title alone, I figured some girls are or were going to become superheroes and I was all in. What I was not expecting was the background where this all took place. It takes place during WW2. For many this was the “golden age of comic books”. But superheroes existed in more than just the funny pages. They were real people and since the war started, they have all disappeared.

Enter Josie, an irish immigrant who helps her mom with her
Alex  Baugh
The most frustrating part of WWII for schoolgirl Josie O'Mally is that she can't fight like her dad has been doing ever since Pearl Harbor was attacked. On top of that, all her favorite the comic book superheroes have mysteriously disappeared from Philadelphia and no one knows why. Gone are Zenobia, her sister the Palomino, Hauntima, Hopschtch, Nove the Sunchaser and just when they are needed most. Now, however, Josie, a Irish immigrant, has a chance to do something for the war effort, thanks to ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

Thoroughly enjoyed this historic fantasy story full of superheroes and super powers, but set during a version of WWII with supers. I loved the historic pieces about the real women who worked on the first electronic computer (The Eniac Six). Fascinating author's note in the back about the historically accurate pieces she wove into the story. Great list of resources so reade
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This new addition to the super hero titles for middle grade truly delivers. It is like a combination of Hidden Figures and Wonder Woman. Josie, Akiko and Mae combine their newly discovered super powers and become the Infinity Trinity. Instead of waiting for someone else to solve a problem, they jump right in. Most of the book is in chapter form with a few graphic chapters inserted. Filled with real life history and the hope inspired by superheroes, this is well-researched and entertaining to rea ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-books
CAPE by Kate Hannigan is an exciting read full of action, history, and girl power. Lively origin story of three young superheroes developing their powers during World War II. I appreciated the author's note and sources for readers who want to know more. Middle grade readers looking for adventure, puzzles, and heroes will love this new series. ...more
Hillary Pincus
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-aloud-w-arp
I read this aloud to my 7 year old daughter and she absorbed every minute of it! For me was a little predictable, but this is a children's chapter book and I thoroughly enjoy it. Mixes historic facts with comic book superhero fantasy and chock full of girl power! Cant wait for the next! ...more
Palatine Library
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tween-reviews
I give The League of Secret Heroes: Cape a five-star rating because it was action packed and the settings were very clear and I felt like I was in the book. The characters were very excited and I feel the same connections between them and my friends.

Reviewed by: Lucy, grade 4
Liesl Shurtliff
Had the honor of reading an ARC. What fun! Retro comic superheroes mixed with hidden histories of WWII women and their contributions to the war effort. This is a blend of novel with sections of comic mixed in. Kids will love it.
3.95 stars...just cannot make myself bump it up to 4 stars (don't know why)

I am all over the board with this one. The writing and the characters are a bit uneven and a bit unlikable...and yet. Their flaws are their strengths blah blah blah. It's a trope that is used over and over again. YET, if I read ONE MORE TIME that the MC was tired/refused/couldn't stand to get in between a fight between two of the others I was going to throw the bloody book against a wall. Very hard! Get it together ladies
Kate Waggoner
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for the review copy of Cape by Kate Hannigan. All opinions are my own.

This books is described by the publisher as: "Hidden Figures meets Wonder Woman in this action-packed, comic-inspired adventure about a brilliant girl puzzler who discovers she’s part of a superhero team!"

There are so many amazing things about this book that I'm not sure where to start. The first thing I like is the layout of the book. It is a mixture of comi
Becky B
Josie, Mae, and Akiko were all trying out for the job that involved code breaking when they find themselves suddenly thrown together into a bigger adventure than they pictured. Despite their different backgrounds, the girls all share a love of codes and superheroes, which is good. Because after witnessing a German spy take out a superhero the girls suddenly find themselves with superpowers. They have to figure out how to control their new powers, figure out if they can trust one another with the ...more
In World War II era Philadelphia, Josie O'Malley is an Irish immigrant girl who works at a diner to make ends meet while her mother works overtime building battleships and her father is in the Pacific fighting the Japanese. Josie is a fan of the superheroes that have been protecting cities across the world. But just when the superheroes are needed the most, they have disappeared. Josie also loves puzzles, and she wants to use her ability to solve puzzles to help fight the Nazis. So when the oppo ...more
3.5. Welcome to a world war 2 where superheroes are real, but they've disappeared. Josie wants to be a puzzler to help the war effort and ends up meeting two other girls who want the same thing, which leads to them joining a secret spy agency and becoming superheroes themselves. This is mostly prose with some scenes in comic form. It feels very very much like a novelized 40s comic book story.

That's good and bad. It gives a strong sense of time and place, but it also allows for a lot shallowness
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for approving me to read an eARC of this book!

Cape is set in Philiadelipa during WWII and follows the story of Josie, Akimo and Mae. The girls meet at a puzzler job tryout..where they soon learn about the evil Mr. Hissler and The League of Secret Heroes. The girls get their powers when the put of the boots, mask and cape of a super hero that disappears right in front of them.

So what I really love about this story is all the girl power in it and a
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I think I expected too much from this. The graphic novel panels were a little hard to read (and trust me, I read a lot of graphic novels), and I simply didn’t feel very connected to any of the characters. Despite the first person narration, I felt like I didn’t really get to know anyone. I definitely couldn’t tell why they were all friends. The plot was one long series of deus ex machina situations, and there were so. Many. Cliches (fedora with a knife brim, anyone?) that weren’t really presente ...more
Deanna Holdsworth
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy superheroes and new books about new superheroes are even better. Author Kate Hannigan has three superheroes in her new book as well as some history about WWII that we should all know!
Josie wants to do her part to help the Allies in WWII. He father is fighting in the Pacific and she wants to help. Josie and her best friend, Emmett, enjoy solving codes and ciphers and when the local paper prints an ad that the government is looking for young people to help decode they are sure they will b
Andrea Doyon
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first book in Kate Hannigan's new series, Cape, is a historical fiction, superhero adventure - a rare find in recent children's lit.

Josie loves puzzles. I mean really loves them. Along with her best friend, Emmett, they have been practicing as long as she can remember. So when she reads an ad for a puzzler tryout, Josie cannot believe her luck. But her exam isn't even graded - simply because she is a girl! As she befriends the other female cast-aside candidates, strange things start happenin
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Middle grade alternative historical fiction. Josie and her family are struggling to make ends meet with her Dad off fighting in WWII. Josie has picked up an after-school job at Gerta's Diner, her mom has picked up a second job at the shipyard working the night shift, and Josie's older cousin Kay is helping with expenses too. Josie hears about a puzzler competition, trying to recruit people to help with the war effort. She and her best friend Emmett are excited to try out, but Josie is dismayed w ...more
Valerie McEnroe
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
Great book for kids who like superheroes. Josie O'Malley is working at a diner, trying to help her mom make ends meet. She desperately misses her father who is fighting in the war. She had hoped to pass the puzzler exam so she could help the war effort as an enemy code breaker. Suspiciously, none of the girls pass. Josie, along with Akiko and Mae, are informed by Mrs. Boudica that they have more important abilities. They each have different superpowers and are desperately needed to stop a snake- ...more
Karen McKenna
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"When the world needs a hero, sometimes you have to become one." It's the middle of World War II, and most of the citizens of Philadelphia are working hard to support the war effort. Superheroes have become more of a myth than a reality as there have been no real sightings in ages. When Josie, Akiko, and Mae's puzzling skills are overlooked because they are girls, they team up to form the newest superhero team and try to figure out where all of the other superheroes have gone.

This book has it al
Betty Brown
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At first, I was thrown off by how quickly the action jumped off. We had a couple of chapters to set up our main character (her job, her family, her bully, her best friend, her passion for puzzle solving), then a quick jump into “we have superpowers and are fighting a guy who melts supervillains? And also what’s my cousin up to? And is the dude at my diner a German spy?” It seemed too fast and like it needed more setup.

However, the back 2/3 of the book redeems the first 1/3. Every mystery is tie
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed by this novel that had such promise based on its summary and description in School Library Journal. The writing was so disjointed and had more holes in the plot than Swiss cheese. It starts with an intense bullying scene and then that bully isn't much of a threat the rest of the novel. Characters are thrown at the reader without much background information and then some of them go missing (best friend Emmett) without as much investment in the main characters to find them ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
"When the world needs a hero, you become a hero."

It is Philadelphia during World War II. Josie's father is away fighting in the war and her mother is working at the naval yard. Josie and best friend, Emmet, love doing brainteasers and puzzles. So when there is an advertisement in the paper encouraging people who love working puzzles to show up at a date and time, they are ready to go. When they get there, they are giving a test to complete. When completed, Emmet's test goes in a neat pile with a
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gnr-collection
Let's take a step back in time, to Philadelphia during World War II. Many men are away at war, and women are being put to work in new, and sometimes exciting, ways. Josie O'Malley is really good at math and puzzles. When she sees an ad looking for puzzlers to help with the war effort, she jumps at the chance to do something more with her life. After the test, Josie discovers things are not what they seem: she and two other girls have been selected not for puzzling, but for superhero work! Yes, s ...more
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