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The Resource Cape, by Kate Hannigan ; illustrated by Patrick Spaziante

Cape, by Kate Hannigan ; illustrated by Patrick Spaziante

Label
Cape
Title
Cape
Statement of responsibility
by Kate Hannigan ; illustrated by Patrick Spaziante
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Soon after being recruited by the mysterious Mrs. Boudica to join a secret military intelligence operation, Josie, Mae, and Akiko discover their superhero abilities and use them to thwart a Nazi plot to steal the ENIAC computer
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Storyline
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Character
Award
Oklahoma Book Award, Young Adult, 2020.
Review
  • Grades 4-7 /* Starred Review */ In her first series, Hannigan (The Detective’s Assistant, 2015) deposits readers into WWII-era Philadelphia, where they’ll encounter the women mathematicians known as the ENIAC Six, female superheroes from early comic books, and a real Nazi spy ring. Twelve-year-old Irish immigrant Josie O’Malley feels the pinch of wartime living, picking up shifts at a diner and caring for her younger siblings while her mother works and her father fights in the Pacific. She desperately wishes the superheroes from her beloved comics would help her troubled city, but little does she suspect that she’s about to become one herself. After responding to a newspaper ad calling for puzzlers (she’s an ace at math and pattern recognition), Josie is recruited with two other girls—African American Mae and Japanese American Akiko—into a secret organization. Incredibly, the girls manifest superpowers just as a supervillain begins terrorizing the city. Prejudice against girls and women and racism directed at Mae and Akiko provide a more serious side to the action-packed plot. Humorous touches emerge as Josie and her friends hone their new powers, and some cheesy one-liners give a wink to vintage comic books—as do illustrated comics spreads. Readers across genres will be enamored by this blend of history, mystery, and superpowered action. A thorough author’s note supplies historical context for the trio’s first adventure. -- Julia Smith (Reviewed 7/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 21, p68)
  • Gr 4–7—Hannigan soars with a rich new adventure series inspired by real women programmers from World War II. Philadelphia has not seen caped crusaders in years, yet seventh-grader Josie O'Malley loves reading comic books about female superheroes and solving math and word games. When she notices an ad in the paper seeking puzzle solvers to help crack ciphers, Josie knows that this is her dream job. She'll do anything to help her family while her father is away fighting Germany's Nazis. Josie is alarmed when she, Akiko, and Mae are all cut from the puzzler tryouts because they are girls. The girls join forces as caped crusaders themseves, with advanced powers and teamwork to foil a cloak-and-dagger evildoer and crack the clandestine code just in time to find superheroes who went missing in action. Mae, who is African American, and Akiko, who is Japanese- American, are nuanced characters whose experiences with racism accurately reflect the time period. Hannigan takes on history, prejudice, friendship, and bravery with aplomb. VERDICT 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.—Annisha Jeffries, Cleveland Public Library --Annisha Jeffries (Reviewed 07/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 6, p44)
  • Superheroes, spies, puzzle solvers—or all three? It's World War II, and Zenobia, Black Cat, and the other superheroes vanished from the streets of Philadelphia a couple of years ago. Josie, a white Irish immigrant, is despairing, with a war on and her beloved heroes all missing. At least Josie can do her part for the war effort, since a call has gone out for puzzle-solving and mathematically inclined kids. Just when it looks like Josie won't be able to help—are her excellent ciphering skills going to be ignored just because she's a girl?—a mysterious woman solicits the help of Josie and two other puzzler girls: Akiko, a Japanese-American girl whose family is in an internment camp, and Mae, a black girl whose grandmother is a librarian, both also cipher- and comics-loving superhero fans. And somehow, when the three of them get together, they have powers! Like the heroes of their favorite comics, the girls whoosh through the skies, caped rescuers fighting Nazis. Along the way they meet and rescue the women who are the first computer programmers. Mae and Akiko encounter a smidgen of racism, although far, far milder than accuracy would call for; this is a superhero/puzzling/Nazi-thwarting tale, not historical fiction. 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. (historical note, further resources) (Historical fantasy. 9-11) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10792310
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hannigan, Kate
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
008-012
LC call number
PZ7.H198158
LC item number
Cap 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Spaziante, Patrick
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
League of Secret Heroes
Series volume
book one
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women superheroes
  • Superheroes
  • Secrets
  • Spy stories
  • Nazis
  • Sex role
  • Girls
  • Computers
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Women superheroes
  • Superheroes
  • Secrets
  • Spies
  • Nazis
  • Sex role
  • Girls
  • Computers
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Fantasy
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Cape, by Kate Hannigan ; illustrated by Patrick Spaziante
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-323)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018037398
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9781534439115
Lccn
2018037398
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)921432922
Label
Cape, by Kate Hannigan ; illustrated by Patrick Spaziante
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-323)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018037398
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9781534439115
Lccn
2018037398
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)921432922

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