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"Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and dies right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantel to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny's body into what she's always thought it should be. Now there's no hiding that she's a girl. It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny's first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father's dangerous obsession with 'curing' her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he's entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in the ranks, Danny feels like she's in over her head. She doesn't have time to adjust. Dreadnought's murderer -a cyborg named Utopia- still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can't sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction." -- Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Diversion Books, [2017]
Edition: First Diversion Books edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781682300688
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm


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When transitioning into her superhero persona, Danielle also transforms into her true image of herself.

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LPL_MargoM Dec 19, 2019

This book is a breath of fresh air in a type of literature dominated by coming out narratives. Now, I like coming out narratives just fine, but it's frustrating when a majority of books staring trans characters are predominately about them coming out. It's been done and I want more from fiction with trans characters. This book gave the the more I was looking for.

Danielle Tozer is trans, but she hasn't told anyone yet. When Dreadnought, the world's most powerful superhero dies in front of her, Danny's world changes forever. Dreadnought passes his powers to her, making her one of the most powerful people on the planet.

This book can get pretty dark, but it doesn't feel dark without reason. It's intense and action packed and so very good.

If you like superheroes, you will like this book.

LPL_SageS Jun 22, 2019

Dreadnought by April Daniels is absolutely one of the best books I've read this year. The story follows Danielle Tozer, a trans teen who happens to inherit the powers of the world's strongest super hero; Dreadnought. After receiving the mantle and undergoing a unique transition, Danny wakes up to find herself in the female body she's always dreamed of. Sadly, in the process, Dreadnought dies, leaving Danny alone to learn her new powers, and stop the villain that killed their hero. You'd think this would be the scariest thing to happen to Danny, but unfortunately her home life holds a different kind of fear. She is not accepted or understood at home, living life under the thumb of her verbally abusive father, in a home where she does not feel safe. Daniels brings up so many real-world problems and difficulties into this book without distracting anything from the story. Characters decisions and habits are believable, and feel very real, allowing you to get swept up in Danny's story in the best, can't-put-it-down kind of way. READ THIS BOOK! You owe it to yourselves.

A heavy, smart book that goes well beyond the perceived limits against YA fiction and/or superheroes. In fact, it's so good, it helped me come out as trans myself. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Thanks, Ms. Daniels! <3

kobrien3 Apr 30, 2018

I loved this book. Not only is it full of action packed super hero goodness, it is also emotionally supercharged and intense. This is the story of Danny, a young trans girl who accidentally becomes a superhero and must face the challenges of coming out to the people in her life, while coming into her power, and also battling an evil cyborg bent on destruction. I can't wait to read the sequel!

Jan 21, 2018

The action is fun if fairly predictable if you're into superhero escapades, but the real strength of this book is its emotional core. Danny has two major journeys: navigating the world post-transition, and deciding whether and how to use her newfound powers. Both involve some serious decisions and emotional growth for her internal narrative, and in both, some people are in her corner, some are actively abusive, and some are trying their best but sometimes misstep (and handle the fallout differently, for better or for worse). There are some dark moments (be aware that there's some fairly intense transphobia and parental emotional abuse), but ultimately this is an uplifiting and enjoyable coming-of-age adventure.

ALEX FALCK Oct 16, 2017

A terrific debut title! For a book about someone who can flyer faster than the speed of sound and bounce bullets off her skin, Dreadnought feels incredibly real. Despite her assertive self-advocacy, Danielle is filled with self-doubt, pain and anger. For years, her father has been screaming abuse at her in the cause of making her “man up.” And yet, Danny also demonstrates great self-confidence when channeling her anger to face down a superpowered TERF or her best friend’s misogyny. While the superhero action in Dreadnought is spectacularly over-the-top, the humanity of its characters gives it a realism that’s missing from even the best superhero comics and movies.

Aug 25, 2017

An amazing book. The kind of book that I wish I could've read when I was growing up.

An action-packed, heady story of a teenager learning how to make a place for herself in a world full of conflicting perspectives and agendas, where even those who are responsible for her wellbeing are clueless at best and life-threatening at worst.

Jan 25, 2017

I was lucky enough to get a Netgalley Arc of April Daniels debut novel Dreadnought. Dreadnought follows Danielle Tozer. Danielle accidentally stumbles upon a superhero and villain fight and ends up gaining new powers and the body that she has always wanted.

Danielle has a lot of self-doubts that she has to contend with throughout this story for a large part of it. A large part of that is because of the way her father treats her and always has. You can see how the way Danielle thinks about herself is linked to her father pretty early. When Danielle thinks she’s stupid for something she did or isn’t good enough to be a hero. It’s because that’s the way her father treats her and what he calls her often.

Danielle has some really strong moments in this story where she stands up for herself.Really early on. She is able to stand up for herself against the legion of superheroes.When her friend starts treating her differently. Then still can’t do the same with her father. I thought it was such an interesting relationship to see play out in this. She’s really been emotionally abused by her father for years and you see how much it affects her life.

The superheroes in this story have great names. Wonder how April Daniels came up with some of them. It’s a really great assortment of characters even the ones we don’t learn much about. I do wish we had learned more about the heroes in the legion. I really liked a few of them.Magma and Doc Impossible are the best. I loved them. I want them to be my mentors, please.

Danielle has such a great hero journey in this. It follows the motions of things you see in a lot of origin story comics for heroes. Her first big time-saving people is really amazing. I was so happy for her as she was doing it. You could tell right then that she should be a hero. Not because these powers fell into her lap but because she wants to help people. It’s kind of the reasons she got her powers in the first place. She’s not a person that can walk away when someone is hurting.

She also had some great team up moments with Calamity that every hero needs to have.Patrolling and investigating. She goes one on one with someone who has powers. She consistently is learning, getting better, and saving people throughout this. All while still having that self-doubt for a large part of the story. She doesn’t allow herself to feel like she is as special as she is.

The claiming of superhero colors was such a powerful moment in the story. I recently wrote about how the claiming of one’s name can be important in a review of a different book and I felt like Danielle’s finally deciding on her superhero colors and superhero name was that moment in this story. She’s claiming who she is.

There will be a second book and I’m excited to see what challenges Danielle faces next. Also really want to see where Calamity goes after what happens at the end of the book. More people should read this book and make fanart if you can. I can’t make fanart but I want to see fanart for this book so badly. Definitely, pick it up.


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May 17, 2017

Violence: there's quite a bit of violence, but it's mostly with robots\androids rather than humans

May 17, 2017

Coarse Language: frequent swearing, but nothing shocking to teenagers, there are transphobic slurs that could be upsetting.


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