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Superman
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Superman
Dawnbreaker
The blockbuster DC Icons series that began with Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman, Marie Lu's Batman, and Sarah J. Maas's Catwoman continues with the story of the world's first super hero—SUPERMAN—from award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author MATT DE LA PEÑA.
When the dawn breaks, a hero rises.
His power is beyond imagining.
Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger—better—than everyone around him. But he wasn't raised to show off, and drawing attention to himself could be dangerous. Plus, it's not like he's earned his powers . . . yet.
But power comes with a price.
Lately it's difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and discovers a dark secret lurking in Smallville. Turns out, Clark's not the only one hiding something. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, he throws himself into the pursuit of the truth. What evil lies below the surface of his small town? And what will it cost Clark to learn about his past as he steps into the light to become the future Man of Steel? Because before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.
Act fast! The first printing includes a poster of Clark Kent! Each first printing in the DC Icons series has a limited-edition poster—collect them all to create the full image!
Don't miss the rest of the DC Icons series! Read the books in any order you choose:
  *  Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  *  Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
  *  Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
The blockbuster DC Icons series that began with Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman, Marie Lu's Batman, and Sarah J. Maas's Catwoman continues with the story of the world's first super hero—SUPERMAN—from award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author MATT DE LA PEÑA.
When the dawn breaks, a hero rises.
His power is beyond imagining.
Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger—better—than everyone around him. But he wasn't raised to show off, and drawing attention to himself could be dangerous. Plus, it's not like he's earned his powers . . . yet.
But power comes with a price.
Lately it's difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and discovers a dark secret lurking in Smallville. Turns out, Clark's not the only one hiding something. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, he throws himself into the pursuit of the truth. What evil lies below the surface of his small town? And what will it cost Clark to learn about his past as he steps into the light to become the future Man of Steel? Because before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.
Act fast! The first printing includes a poster of Clark Kent! Each first printing in the DC Icons series has a limited-edition poster—collect them all to create the full image!
Don't miss the rest of the DC Icons series! Read the books in any order you choose:
  *  Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  *  Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
  *  Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
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Levels-
  • ATOS:
    5.1
  • Lexile:
    710
  • Interest Level:
    UG
  • Text Difficulty:
    3 - 4

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Excerpts-
  • From the book The storm came with little warning. A flash of lightning lit up Clark’s glasses as he huddled beneath the Java Depot awning with three former football teammates, all of them watching the sudden deluge pound the streets of downtown Smallville. The whipping rain had forced them elbow to elbow, and if Clark exercised a little amnesia, it almost felt like old times, back when he and the football squad were thick as thieves.
    He doubted they would ever be close like that again. Not after he had quit on them.
    Clark had always marveled at the power of thunderstorms, which put even his own mysterious strength into perspective. For others, the storm was nothing more than a nuisance. An older businessman, holding a briefcase over his head, sprinted toward a silver SUV, where he beeped open his door and dove inside. A drenched calico slunk beneath an industrial trash bin, looking for a dry place to wait out the downpour. 
    “We can’t just stand here all day,” Paul shouted over the roar of the rain. “Come on, let’s make a run for the library.”
    Kyle crossed his arms and rocked back on his heels. “Dude, this shit is, like, biblical. I’m not going anywhere.”
    “I guess we could just do this here.” Tommy glanced back at the closed door of the coffee shop before turning to Clark. “Cool with you, big guy?”
    Clark shrugged, still wondering what “this” was. And why no one else could be within earshot.
    He had been more than a little surprised when Tommy Jones, a lumbering offensive lineman, approached him at school wanting to “hang out.” He’d been equally surprised when Tommy then showed up at the coffee shop with star running back Paul Molina and fullback Kyle Turner. After all, they’d wanted nothing to do with Clark for the better part of two years—since the day he abruptly left the freshman  team midseason.
    Now here they all were, kicking it on Main Street again. Like nothing had ever happened.
    But Clark knew there had to be a catch.
    Tommy raised the brim of his baseball cap and cleared his throat. “I’m guessing you know our record this past season,” he began. “We sort of . . . underachieved.”
    “That’s one way of putting it,” Kyle said, and Paul shook his head in disgust.
    Clark should have known. This meetup was about football. Because when it came to Tommy, Kyle, and Paul, everything was about football.
    “Anyway, us three have been talking.” Tommy slapped a big, meaty hand onto Clark’s shoulder. “We’ll all be seniors next year. And we wanna go out with a bang.” 
    A massive clap of thunder echoed overhead, causing the three football players to flinch. Clark had never understood that reaction. How even the bravest people he knew could get so spooked by a little thunder. It was yet another example of how different he was from his peers. The guys tried to play off their jumpiness by checking their phones and studying their drinks.
    That’s when Clark noticed something odd.
    About thirty yards to his right, a wire-thin man in his early twenties was standing in the middle of the road, holding out his arms and staring up into the pouring rain. He had a tight buzz cut, and he was dressed head to toe in brown. Brown long-sleeved shirt. Brown pants. Brown combat boots. Clark had an uneasy feeling about the guy.
    “Look at this freak,” Paul said, noticing him, too. “Who?” Tommy asked.
    “Over there.” Paul pointed, but a slow big rig rumbled by, blocking their view....
About the Author-
  • MATT DE LA PEÑA is a #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author. He has penned six critically acclaimed YA novels, including Mexican WhiteBoy and The Living, which was a Pura Belpré Author Honor Book. Matt's picture book Love was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and Last Stop on Market Street was awarded a Newbery Medal. Matt lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at mattdelapena.com and follow him on Twitter at @mattdelapena. He is a DC Icons author, a series in which the DC Comics super hero icons are written by megastar young adult authors. The series also includes Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu, and Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas.
Reviews-
  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2019
    Something foul's afoot in Smallville, Kansas.Thanks to hefty investment from the formidable Mankins Corporation, the town's economy is booming. While Mankins' technology has an impact on local farms, another shadowy company is buying them up for more nefarious reasons. Partnering with his best friend and hotshot student paper editor, Lana Lang, Clark Kent seeks to uncover the truth behind the mysterious developments in Smallville. Various threads come satisfyingly together in de la Peña's (Carmela Full of Wishes, 2018, etc.) tribute to the young Man of Steel, but the author aims for more fertile ground with an immigration subplot. Woven throughout the novel are discussions of a stop-and-search initiative in Smallville. The proposed law ostensibly targets the town's minority migrant community; meanwhile, migrant workers are disappearing at an alarming rate. As always, Smallville functions as a fictional microcosm of the U.S., but here there's a blunt effort to examine the bigotry and discord lurking beneath the optimistic American facade. On a personal level, Clark struggles to manage his burgeoning powers as he ponders his place in Smallville High and beyond. The existential angst that torments the young hero elicits sympathy. Familiar characters make appearances--hello, Lex Luthor--but a few Mexican characters appear in minor roles, including Clark's love interest Gloria Alvarez, a promising Dreamer.A wonderful, bold interpretation of a DC icon that aspires to embrace all readers, new and old. (Superhero adventure. 12-18)

    COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2019

    Gr 8 Up-In the latest series installment, de la Peña brings teenage Clark Kent to the present day, fighting against racial prejudice, abduction, and genetic experimentation in Smallville. Clark has just left the football team, much to the chagrin of his teammates, who feel betrayed. While he may have been the best player on his team, Clark knows quitting is for the best, giving him more time to spend with his best friend and aspiring journalist Lana Lang. Clark begins hanging out with Bryan, son of a powerful businessman who is trying to buy up family farms, and Bryan's mysterious friend, Lex Luthor. Tensions are high as the town prepares to vote on a stop-and-search initiative. Prejudice and violence toward Smallville's Mexican population are increasing, and Clark's friend and crush, Gloria Alvarez, claims that people are disappearing. As Clark learns the truth about his past and questions his identity, one thing remains true: Clark will always help those in need. This is a modern and relevant take on Clark Kent's teenage years, ending with the protagonist taking on the role of Superman. New characters seamlessly interact with familiar ones. VERDICT Recommended for libraries where this series is popular.-Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A wonderful, bold interpretation of a DC icon that aspires to embrace all readers, new and old."
  • Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Long Way Down "In his brilliant take on Superman, de la Peña shows us that there's a chance we'll all need to step up like Clark Kent--with or without a cape."
  • Gene Luen Yang, author of New Super-Man and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature "Matt de la Peña's Superman is the quintessential American alien. Despite being caught between two worlds, he's everything we love about the Man of Steel: courageous, compassionate, and full of hope."
  • Bookllist "This combination of Superman and De la Peña will fly off shelves, as the award-winning author offers a glimpse into the Man of Steel's beginning as a teenage outsider."
  • Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW (for Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas) "Maas has a gift for crafting fierce female protagonists. . . . An epic shoutout to all the bad girls who know how to have fun."
  • Hypable (for Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo) "You'll enjoy this book whether you're a fan of Wonder Woman comics, the Wonder Woman movie, Leigh Bardugo, or just YA lit in general."
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