ELECTRIGIRL by Jo Cotterill
Shortlisted for the Leicester Libraries Our Best Book for primary schools 2017
Shortlisted for the Portsmouth Book Award (Shorter Book category) 2017
Longlisted for the Leicester Reading Rampage 2017
Nominated for the Fantastic Book Awards for 9-11s, run by Lancashire Schools’ Library Service 2017
Holly Sparkes is just your average 12-year-old, that is, until she’s hit by a bolt of lightning. Now Holly is EXTRAordinary.
Like a human battery Holly can generate a massive amount of electricity in seconds, which could come in handy if she’s ever going to solve the mystery of her best friend’s disappearance. Because when you’re dealing with the likes of Professor Macavity and her mysterious CyberSky corporation, you need all the help you can get!
ELECTRIGIRL is suitable for boys and girls of 8 upwards (it’s suitable for confident younger readers too) and contains text and sections comic strip, which are used alternately to tell the story.
“I love the way Holly’s story remains in regular text while Electrigirl’s antics switch the format to Manga-inspired cartoons. It also makes this the perfect book for the more reluctant reader.” The Times Children’s Book of the Week
“exciting and told with a touch of humour which makes it all the more engaging” The Bookbag
“Electrigirl was such a page turner that I finished it in an evening!” Edie May, aged 8
“It’s great to have a superhero book with a young girl as the lead character. Highly recommended!” LibraryGirlandBookBoy
“Cotterill’s narrative flies along at a great pace… Cathy Brett’s illustrations turn the narrative into comic format at key points of Holly’s power. This format works just brilliantly for those super power scenes, and those with a high level of action.” My Book Corner
“a fresh and interesting story that is perfect for the age group with just the right amount of slight danger but nothing to give nightmares” Amazon
“Holly is a great, and much needed, character: a girl who doesn’t like school much but who loves PE, who seems to have a short concentration span and engagement levels … those are usually ‘characteristics’ given to boy characters, a stereotype that is quite damaging across genders. It is so refreshing to find a book where girls who might feel this way can see themselves reflected, and for boys to see that actually it is only boys, as they keep being told. The female protagonist does not make this a “girl book” (the cover helps a lot at breaking that barrier) : the format, the action, the humour, the baddie, the sidekicks ( both so imperative to the superhero comic format) make this an engaging read for everyone.” Library Mice
Electrigirl, published by OUP, RRP £6.99, ISBN 978-0192743558