Wonder Woman meets Hidden Figures in this action-packed adventure trilogy about a trio of young superheroes fighting for justice during World War II!
In the midst of World War II, Josie, Akiko, and Mae are chosen by a top-secret agency to help crack puzzles for the government. The trio bonds over their shared love of female superhero celebrities, from Hauntima to Zenobia to Hopscotch. But during one extraordinary afternoon, they find themselves transformed into the newest (and youngest!) superheroes in town. As the girls’ abilities slowly begin to emerge, they learn that their skills will be crucial in thwarting a shapeshifting henchman of Hitler, and, just maybe, in solving an even larger mystery about the superheroes who’ve recently gone missing.
Inspired by remarkable real-life women from World War II, this pulse-pounding adventure series features bold action and brave thinking, with forty-eight pages of comic book–style graphic panels throughout each book.
This exciting and empowering hardcover boxed set includes: Cape Mask Boots
Kate Hannigan is a noted author with a special passion for stories that empower girls and women. Her picture book biography, A Lady Has the Floor, received four starred reviews and was named a Junior Library Guild Selection. In addition to the 2016 Golden Kite Award for Middle Grade Fiction, The Detective’s Assistant also received two starred reviews and was a Booklist Editor’s Choice, among many other accolades. Hannigan presented at NCTE on “Our Mighty Girls,” about girl power in middle grade fiction, and was a judge for 2018’s Golden Kite Awards. Between her active presence on social media (@KateChicago), her work as founder of the Hyde Park/South Side Chicago chapter of SCBWI, and as a busy conference speaker, Kate is an involved, vocal, and respected member of the kid lit community. Visit her online at KateHannigan.com.
Patrick Spaziante is an American comic book artist and children’s book illustrator known for his work for Archie Comics, in particular his interior pencil and cover work for Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X, and Sonic Universe.
"With interwoven action sequences told in comics panels, the tale has the exciting pace of a superhero adventure.Puzzles readers can solve are the icing on this cake."
– Kirkus Reviews on CAPE, May 1, 2019
"Reader across genres will be enamored by this blend of history, mystery, and superpowered action."
– Booklist Starred Review on CAPE, July 1, 2019
"This entire story is fast-paced, featuring sections of illustrated frames done in a comic book style which depict the girls’ superpowered actions, with pages of dialogue for the frames displayed in small type. The author has notes in the back which communicate additional facts and details about people who were the real-life inspirations behind this story. Readers of graphic novels who have an interest in superheroes would enjoy this book."
– School Library Connection on CAPE, August September 2019
"Fans of fast-paced action adventures, computer science, and confident main characters will enjoy this series debut that is sure to fly off the shelves."
– School Library Journal on CAPE, July 2019
"A winning blend of comedy, superheroics, inspirational women from history, and puzzle-solving."