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Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale
Contributor(s): Myracle, Lauren, Goodhart, Isaac (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1401285910     ISBN-13: 9781401285913
Publisher: Dc Ink
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: May 2019

Annotation: When living with her mother's abusive boyfriend becomes unbearable, fifteen-year-old Selina Kyle, the future Catwoman, runs away and struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Graphic novels.
Supervillains; Fiction.
Identity; Fiction.
Dewey: 741.5/973
LCCN: 2019004779
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.55" (0.92 lbs) 222 pages
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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2019 March #1)

Ditching what few friends she has and leaving high school, Selina takes to life on the streets after her mother's abusive boyfriend causes her kitten's death, and she hones the skills she needs while forging her new identity as Catgirl. Soon, she befriends other skilled youths who are planning a heist—a parkour whiz, a stylish hacker, and a nonverbal younger girl. Initially game, Selina regrets her involvement when she realizes her team has raided the home of her childhood friend, Bruce Wayne, and things become further complicated when a deranged murderer shows up during the heist. Myracle delivers a Catwoman origin story update that captures the inner challenges of adolescence and trauma. Myracle and Goodhart depict physical abuse and self-harm in all their lingering ugliness. Goodhart's art depicts action scenes and traditionally normalized bodies in shades of blue and black that remind readers that regardless of time of day, Catgirl is a creature of the night. Ages 13–17. (May)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2019 March)

Gr 9 Up–Fourteen-year-old Selina Kyle's life is in the litter box. Her mother's latest in a string of boyfriends, Dernell, is short-tempered and vindictive. Selina is frustrated by her superficial friendships at school, despite her unflinching loyalty, and dreamy Bruce Wayne barely notices her. Selina rescues a tiny kitten by a dumpster, finding joy and purpose in caring for the creature. But when Dernell locks Selina in a closet and kills the kitten, she runs off, reeling from guilt and anguish, and begins a solitary life on the street. Another runaway, Ojo, teaches her parkour and invites her to join his gang in their latest heist: stealing a rare book from the private library of a local billionaire. This look at Catwoman's backstory is dense with plot, emotion, and action. Myracle offers a fresh take on the frequently sexualized portrayals of this character, creating a strong, sympathetic, but no less flawed Selina. Like teenagers and cats alike, she is a compelling set of contradictions; scrappy and vulnerable; quick to protect but slow to trust. Goodhart's illustrations are similarly nuanced, beautifully depicting both dynamic action and subtle emotion. His monochrome blues and purples evoke the titular moonlight and underscore Selina's nocturnal destiny. He displays a particular talent for illustrating hair; Selina's glossy black mane shines and bounces. Myracle doesn't shy away from the grisly circumstances of a runaway teen. There is mature language throughout, grisly domestic violence, and self-harm. VERDICT A sensitive origin story of a beloved antihero.—Anna Murphy, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.
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