Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke Book Review

Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Publisher: First Second
Release Date: May 13, 2014

Zita the Spacegirl has returned in the final installment of her adventures. She has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame, but when she is imprisoned for these "crimes" Zita knows she must escape. With her usual pluck and kindness, Zita quickly makes friends along the way and finds a way to help her friends in a daring jailbreak that will hopefully end the prison warden's plans for interstellar domination.

These are probably my favorite graphic novels for kids. Zita is so likable, so quick to help others, and never afraid of adventure, and all of that plus a great plot makes for a perfect story. Let me also point out that science fiction for the middle grade set is very rare, however this does seem to be a popular genre for middle grade graphic novels. Within the sci-fi fantasy genre there is Cleopatra in Space, the Amulet series, Robot Dreams, Walker Bean, Ghostopolis, Hereville, Bigfoot Boy, Explorer, and Monster on the Hill among others.

Although this third book takes readers to a rather sad place, I think that it was a very good ending to the series and really shows the character growth of Zita and her friends. I may have teared up at the end.