FICTION
Cassandra Steps Out
Lerner/Graphic Universe. (Cassandra: Animal Psychic: Bk. 1). Sept. 2019. 56p. Tr $26.65. ISBN 9781541543973; pap. $8.99. ISBN 9781541572836.
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Gr 4-7–Cassandra has some adjustments to make in her life. Her best friend has moved away and her mom is dating a man whose daughter dislikes Cassandra. She’s also dealing with the decision to use a special ability to help others. This series starter establishes that Cassandra can communicate with animals and documents her first case as an “animal psychic.” Apart from her powers, Cassandra is a typical teen. Insecure and quick tempered, she longs for acceptance. The graphic format depicts the story effectively, using thought bubbles to show Cassandra’s communication with animals. Illustrations capture emotions and provide flashbacks as Cassandra reminisces about learning about her ability. Pages from Cassandra’s “Secret Notebook” offer more details about the case and about her dog, Miss Dolly.

VERDICT A good match for readers who enjoy stories about animals or psychic powers.

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