Ms. Marvel by Willow G. Wilson
Published February 5, 2014
Plot Description: Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City (who’s constantly having to struggle with the fact that she is short, not white, and Muslim) until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. Kamala must come to terms with who she is and discover if that is enough to be the next Ms. Marvel.
Evaluation: Kamala is one of those girls that feels like she doesn’t quite fit in because she isn’t tall, she isn’t white, and she’s living right around the corner from where the World Trade Center use to stand and she’s Muslim. Given superpowers that lets her turn into the tall, blonde, beautiful Captain Marvel she thinks is a dream come true until she realizes that trying to be someone else and live up to those expectations is exhausting. When she finally decides to show the world who she really is, the new Ms. Marvel, they love her for her. I think Marvel did a powerful thing by creating this young, high school, Muslim, super hero. We are finally accepting and encouraging young girls of various ethnical backgrounds to accept themselves and showing them that if they just believe in themselves they can do anything.
Quantitative Reading Level: 9-12
Content Area: History/Social Science
TEKS Subject Standard: SS 6.1A, SS 6.1B, SS 6.15A, SS 6.15B, SS 6.15C, SS 6.15D, SS 6.15E, SS 6.15F, SS 6.19B, US.26C