Parent & Daughter Book Club – Ben Hatke

Our April book selection for the Girls Leadership Parent & Daughter Book Club is…

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke.

About the Book and the Girls Leadership Connection

One day, Zita and her friend Joseph find a mysterious button. Joseph, fearful, begs Zita to leave it alone, but Zita is too curious. She pushes it, and a portal opens. A creature kidnaps Joseph and closes the portal behind it. Determined to save her friend, Zita reopens the portal and jumps through into the the unknown. This is how the entertaining adventure story and graphic novel Zita the Spacegirl begins.

Once on the alien planet, Zita is determined to find Joseph, and get the two of them back to Earth. Along the way, she is joined by a couple of broken robots; an enormous, intelligent mouse; and a gentle giant. As she comes closer to her goal, Zita learns of a danger threatening this alien planet, one that will destroy her new friends unless she does something to stop it.

Zita doesn’t know how she will find and save Joseph, but she knows that standing by her friend is worth the risk. When she meets new creatures, she looks past their unusual appearance; she sees the good qualities within them. The empathy Zita shows these friends brings out the best in each of them, whether that’s finding strength they didn’t know they had or taking a personal risk to help others. For her own part, Zita shows her ability to lead others and listen to her instincts. Throughout this story, she makes quick decisions under great pressure.

Buy, borrow, or download a copy of this book and read it before your April book club meeting.

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About the Author

Zita the Spacegirl is Ben Hatke’s first graphic novel. He has since written several others, including two more books about Zita and a graphic novel called Little Robot that Mr. Hatke calls “a meditation on friendship.”

Mr. Hatke lives in the Shenandoah Valley with his family. You can find out more about him and his latest work at

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