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Superman: Dawnbreaker
Unabridged edition
By (author): Matt de la Peña Read by: Andrew Eiden
9780593168622 CD-Audio English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Superheroes Jul 16, 2019
$54.00 CAD
Active 5.09 x 5.89 x 1.18 in 0 pages Duration: 450 minutes Listening Library Listening Library (Audio)
The blockbuster DC Icons series that began with Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman, Marie Lu’s Batman, and Sarah J. Maas’s Catwoman continues with the story of the world’s first super hero—SUPERMAN—from award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author MATT DE LA PEÑA.

When the dawn breaks, a hero rises.

His power is beyond imagining.
Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger—better—than everyone around him. But he wasn’t raised to show off, and drawing attention to himself could be dangerous. Plus, it’s not like he’s earned his powers…yet.
But power comes with a price.
Lately it’s difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and discovers a dark secret lurking in Smallville. Turns out, Clark’s not the only one hiding something. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, he throws himself into the pursuit of the truth. What evil lies below the surface of his small town? And what will it cost Clark to learn about his past as he steps into the light to become the future Man of Steel? Because before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.

Don’t miss the rest of the DC Icons series! Listen to the books in any order you choose:
  *  Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  *  Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
  *  Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

Story Locale: Smallville, Kansas

Series Overview: DC ICONS SERIES: Four standalone novels, each by a bestselling YA author.

August 2017: Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo; Paperback March 2019

January 2018: Batman by Marie Lu; Paperback March 2019

August 2018: Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas; Paperback August 2019

March 2019: Superman by Matt de la Peña; Paperback March 2020

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KEY POINTS/QUOTES:

POWERFUL AUTHOR PLATFORM: Matt de la Peña’s Newbery Medal has lifted his profile to new heights.

TIMELY IMMIGRATION TOPIC: Superman stands for hope! Here, the topics of Mexican-American undocumented workers and immigration are beautifully handled; Matt is an own-voices author who is half Mexican-American.

WB/DC PARTNERSHIP: Series is licensed and supported by Warner Bros./DC Entertainment.

RELUCTANT READER APPEAL: Matt knows how to keep readers—particularly boy readers—hooked.

CROSS-PROMOTION: The Random House Children’s hardcover published in March 2019 with a 125,000 copy announced first print, 978-0-399-54965-6.

MATT DE LA PEÑA is a #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author. He has penned six critically acclaimed YA novels, including Mexican WhiteBoy and The Living, which was a Pura Belpré Author Honor Book. Matt’s picture book Love was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and Last Stop on Market Street was awarded a Newbery Medal. Matt lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at mattdelapena.com and follow him on Twitter at @mattdelapena. He is a DC Icons author, a series in which the DC Comics super hero icons are written by megastar young adult authors. The series also includes Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu, and Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: San Diego, CA

Marketing: National feature and review attention

National media attention

Online outreach

Feature on Listening Library website and in Audio e-newsletter.



Author Website: mattdelapena.com

Author Social Media: twitter.com/mattdelapena

“A wonderful, bold interpretation of a DC icon that aspires to embrace all readers, new and old.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“In his brilliant take on Superman, de la Peña shows us that there’s a chance we’ll all need to step up like Clark Kent—with or without a cape.”
Jason ReynoldsNew York Times bestselling author of Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Long Way Down

“Matt de la Peña’s Superman is the quintessential American alien. Despite being caught between two worlds, he’s everything we love about the Man of Steel: courageous, compassionate, and full of hope.”
Gene Luen Yang, author of New Super-Man and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

“As Clark learns the truth about his past and questions his identity, one thing remains true: Clark will always help those in need. This is a modern and relevant take on Clark Kent’s teenage years.” —SLJ

“This combination of Superman and De la Peña will fly off shelves, as the award-winning author offers a glimpse into the Man of Steel’s beginning as a teenage outsider.” —Bookllist

Praise for DC Icons:

“Maas has a gift for crafting fierce female protagonists…. An epic shoutout to all the bad girls who know how to have fun.”
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW (for Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas)

“You’ll enjoy this book whether you’re a fan of Wonder Woman comics, the Wonder Woman movie, Leigh Bardugo, or just YA lit in general.” —Hypable (for Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo)

“Feminism is the invisible jet powering this literary revamp of the Amazon princess.”
The New York Times Book Review (for Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo)

“Cinematic battles and a race against time keep the excitement high, but the focus on girls looking out for each other is what makes this tie-in shine.”
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW (for Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo)

“All readers will definitely be delighted by Bardugo’s cinematic delivery and long for more stories about this epic, ass-kicking heroine.”
VOYA, STARRED REVIEW (for Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo)

“A fast-paced story line, action-packed fight sequences, and hi-tech gadgetry expected from any Batman story make this a fun read with wide appeal.”

SLJ (for Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu)
“The trickiest aspect of any Batman narrative is getting into Bruce Wayne’s head, and [Lu] doesn’t miss a beat.”
Kirkus Reviews (for Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu)
 
“Masterful…. A great story for any Dark Knight fan.”
—Den of Geek
(for Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu)

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