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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True by Ryan North | SLJ Review

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redstarNorth, Ryan. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True. illus. by Erica Henderson. 120p. (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl). Marvel. Dec. 2015. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9780785197034. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2

Gr 6 Up –In this latest adventure, college student Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl, saves a group of hostages, including her cat-loving roommate, Nancy, from robot dinosaurs. She encourages a mutated hippo with a fiery temper to become a demolition worker instead of robbing banks, and she teams up with Chipmunk Hunk, Koi Boi, Loki (who, at the request of Nancy, transforms himself into “Cat Thor” from her Thor fan fiction), and the new and previous Thors in order to defeat Ratatoskr, the Norse God of Squirrels, whose influence makes heroes and ordinary citizens alike turn on one another. Squirrel Girl’s incredible strength, intellect, and genuine interest in making friends make her an unbeatable heroine and a relatable role model. While there are appearances by current Marvel superheroes, prior knowledge of the larger Marvel Universe is not necessary to understand the story. As in the previous volume, each chapter begins with a Twitter conversation among the characters and ends with fan letters answered by the creators. VERDICT A delightful option for those who loved the first installment and for all graphic novel aficionados.–Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ

This review was published in the School Library Journal May 2016 issue.