Diana and the Island of No Return: Wonder Woman Adventures, Book 1

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Charm, action as future superhero fights to save her home.

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Educational Value

Diana and the Island of No Return is loosely based on Greek mythology and focused on the female members of the pantheon.

Positive Messages

Trust your friends when they think some activity is dangerous. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Diana is ambitious, forceful, responsible, and compassionate. She's highly protective of her friends and family. She doesn't retreat in the face of danger. The characters' races are not specified, but names and cultural references suggest a diverse cast. 

Violence & Scariness

The few scenes of violence are very mild -- magic spells and a tiny bit of swordplay.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Diana and the Island of No Return, by Aisha Saeed (Amal Unbound), is a middle-grade fantasy novel about the early years of comics hero Wonder Woman. It chronicles Diana's quest to save her fellow Amazons after most are felled by a sleeping spell. The few violent scenes are very mild, involving magic spells and a tiny bit of swordplay.

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What's the story?

As DIANA AND THE ISLAND OF NO RETURN opens, the teen who will be Wonder Woman wants to start serious training in the martial arts. Her mother, Queen Hippolyta, seems bent on keeping her at home, learning only the most basic battle techniques. After a young male castaway washes up on the shores of the kingdom, all the inhabitants, with the exception of Diana and her best friend Sakina, fall victim to a powerful sleeping spell. The girls travel to the boy's island home, in search of an antidote. To save everyone they care about, Diana and Sakina must outwit a demon. Strong but untrained, is Diana ready for such a difficult task?

Is it any good?

Young versions of favorite superheroes offer fresh perspectives, and this early adventure of a costumed favorite has action and charm to spare. Diana and the Island of No Return pits the young princess against a talkative demon and his army of hypnotized townsfolk. She and her best friend Sakina use all their powers to keep them at bay. Some of the episodes feel a little repetitive, but the ending leaves a lot of tantalizing loose ends. Young comics fans will be glad to know Diana more intimately than is possible in a comic. An enjoyable episode and an intriguing preview of more tales to come.

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  • Families can talk about how Diana and the Island of No Return uses Greek mythology as an inspiration for its story. Why are stories from folklore still relevant today?

  • Are some stories more suited to the comics medium than to prose? What kinds of effects can be achieved in comics that are unworkable in prose alone?

  • Themyscira is a society for women only. How might a real-life matriarchy work?

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