Welcome to the fourth Super Hero High blog tour!! That’s right! Random House has published Katana’s story in the series, and it is amazing and adorable.
First sentence: “‘C’mon Supers, let’s get this party started,’ Harley Quinn cheered.”
“These Samurai Swords
Entrusted to Katana
The story unfolds.”
Katana’s story unfolds with a message from conch shell. Right at the start, Katana goes missing, after she was supposed to bring back a celebration cake for Batgirl, and the Supers go on a search to find their friend. Katana is found in the hidden underground tunnels at Super Hero High with Samurai sword surrounding her like a protection seal. Since that moment, she tries to figure out what she’s meant to do with these swords, how she’s meant to protect her friends and family, and what happened to her grandmother who went missing years ago.
Why Everyone Should Read
Katana at Super Hero High
- Katana is a Samurai warrior superhero.
Katana comes from a family of Samurai warriors. Her beloved grandmother, Onna-bugeisha, was the first female Samurai superhero who ever lived, and trained Katana how to wield a sword and taught her lessons on what it means to be a Samurai. Katana has worked hard to honor her grandmother, and find her path in being a Samurai superhero.
- You get to learn about Katana’s history and her culture.
When Katana talks about where she comes from—the Tottori prefecture—you can sense the fondness of her town. When she talks about her grandmother, you can tell how she longs for her grandmother to be there, imparting wisdom to her as she tries to be her own superhero and figure out the meaning of everything that has been going on. You learn about Samurais and Japanese myths (like ghost crabs). It’s a wonderful talk about culture and where you come from.
- Katana is tasked to protect.
When Katana finds the hundred ancient Samurai swords underneath Super Hero High, she’s tasked with guarding them. But what for? Throughout Katana at Super Hero High, Katana tries to figure out why these swords suddenly appear in front of her and her role as a superhero. She’s not sure of a lot of thing, but she has her grandmother’s spirit in her to try to get to the bottom of everything and save the world.
- It deals with getting out of your shell. (No pun intended. ;))
You will meet characters, like Miss Martian, who have a tough time getting out of their shell and talking to others. When you have a good support system like the Supers—specifically Katana and Batgirl—who encourage each other to be themselves and speak up for what matters, you can do absolutely anything. Even save the world.
Should you read Katana at Super Hero High? Of course! Lisa Yee delivers another relatable Super Hero High book that focuses on the sword-wielding Katana. In this fourth book of the series, you get to see Katana learn about her grandmother’s past, what the swords she finds are meant for, why those Ghost crabs are crawling around the school, and how her fellow Supers come together and save their school and the world.