Protagonist Maisie’s ability to take everything that is thrown at her — from devious love interests to alien invasions — is inspiring. Combined with pun-inspired humor and never-ending action, this novel is a whirlwind of excitement.
Winning the chance to join an astronaut space camp, Maisie Brown never expected to become infected with an outer space parasite that infuses its host with superpowers. She becomes part of a team of alien-created superheroes, but she quickly realizes their gifts may not so benign. Suddenly, she is the only one with the ability to save the world from a plot aimed at its destruction. (BLOOMSBURY, Mar., 416 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781599901688, HC, 12 & Up)