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Miles Morales
Contributor(s): Reynolds, Jason
ISBN: 148478748X     ISBN-13: 9781484787489
Publisher: Marvel
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Product Type: Hardcover
Published: August 2017
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Annotation: After a misunderstanding leads him to be suspended from school, Miles Morales feels conflicted about his identity as the new Spider-Man, but when his scholarship is threatened, he uncovers a plot that puts his friends and neighborhood at risk.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Schools; Fiction.
Superheroes; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017000504
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Spider-Man
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.60 lbs) 261 pages
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #5)
In this tale based on a 2011 Marvel comic, sixteen-year-old Miles Morales is Spider-Man, but his spidey-sense feels broken, and he isn't feeling much like anyone's hero. Black and Puerto Rican, he's from a "neighborhood of nobodies," the "part of Brooklyn that Brooklyn Visions Academy didn't have much vision for at all." And his history teacher at that prestigious academy (to which Miles has a scholarship) seems to have something against him. Mr. Chamberlain spouts racist sentiments ("Many slaves were comfortable with being enslaved. Happy even") and turns out to be part of an ancient organization led by a centuries-old villain working to perpetuate white supremacy by funneling young black men out of school and into the prison system. The novel has its fair share of action adventure, with Spider-Man using his spidey skills to hustle money on basketball courts, vanquish thieves, and swing from rooftop to rooftop. But it's also an expertly spun tale of identity that takes Miles--just like Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man--from questioning who he is to finding a fair measure of purpose and resolve. And when his best friend asks, "Does, uh, Spider-Man get the girl?" Miles replies, "Stop talking like we're in a movie, Ganke. The girl has a name." Expect sequels. dean schneider Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 August)

Gr 9 Up—Miles Morales is the new Spider-Man in the novelization of the Marvel comic. As an Afro-Puerto Rican teen attending an elite boarding school in Brooklyn, Miles is not only fighting crime but also navigating a complicated adolescent world. He must work hard in his classes while trying to make a move on his beautiful activist classmate. His Korean American best friend wants Miles to use his superpowers to hustle on the streets. There's also a racist teacher minimizing slavery in his history class. At home, Miles is coming to terms with the discovery of his recently dead uncle's long-lost son who is writing him letters from juvenile hall. Miles is shouldered with an intense amount of responsibility; it's no wonder his spidey-sense is on the fritz and his sleep is plagued by mysterious dreams. But when his dreamworld and reality begin to blend, the teen realizes that all parts of his life are connected and the mystery begins to unravel. He must not only fight the dark forces threatening his world and loved ones, but also the darkness within himself. This is not your typical superhero tie-in book. Reynolds has crafted a rich, developed portrait of complex teen life while addressing issues of racism in the modern world with his characteristic warmth and humorous touches. Give this to teens looking to make the leap from comics to novels, or any other readers interested in superhero action set in an urban landscape. VERDICT Recommended for all collections.—Emily Valente, Brooklyn Friends School

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.