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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, NY : Diversion Books, [2017]
Edition: First Diversion Books edition
ISBN: 9781682300671
Branch Call Number: FICTION Dan
Description: 1 online resource
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Danny Tozer thought her biggest issue would be coming out as trans, until she inherits the superhuman powers of Dreadnought, and has use her powers and her identity to defend her entire city.

Danny knows she's a girl, but isn't quite ready to come out to her family and friends as transgender. Then a superhero known as Dreadnought dies right in front of her and passes along two gifts: Danny's body now looks like she's always thought it should...and she has all of Dreadnought's superpow... Read More »

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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 17, 2018



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, when 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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