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Donut the Destroyer

Book Synopsis

A hilarious and unique graphic novel of friendship, family, and what happens when you defy and exceed expectations.

Donut (middle name: The; last name: Destroyer) has a heart of gold and incredible strength.

She lives in a world where everyone is born with a special ability and can choose whether to develop it for good or evil.

Donut has just received the best news of her life — she’s been accepted to Lionheart School for Heroes!

But her parents are the most infamous villains around, and her best friend, Ivy, can’t understand why Donut would choose a life of boring heroism and ruin their plans to cause chaos.

Donut is determined to prove that, despite her last name, she’s meant to go her own way and be a hero.

Meanwhile, Ivy cooks up a plan to get Donut kicked out of Lionheart — and back on track to villainy!

Our Review Panel says...

Donut the Destroyer is a great new graphic novel for KS2, featuring zany characters, eye-popping artwork and a funny, light-hearted plot. Donut the Destroyer comes from a long line of super villains, and her super strength is perfect for smashing. But something, somehow, just doesn’t feel quite right. When her best friend, Ivy, wants to unleash monsters into the library to cause unrivalled mayhem and destruction, Donut just can’t help herself from saving the librarian. And while Ivy is super-excited Donut will soon be joining her at Skullfire Academy, Donut is more tempted by the sound of Lionheart School for Heroes. So, what happens when a supervillain doesn’t want to follow in the family footsteps, and would rather be a hero instead? Despite the embarrassment of having to study her own family during ‘Villain History Club’, things get off to a pretty good start – Donut makes some (admittedly nerdy) new friends, Artie and Martha, signs up to join the prefects and their golden capes and even perfect Simone is being nice to her. Unfortunately, not everyone adapts to the new situation quite so easily; Ivy is feeling left behind and is bent on sabotage…. Can Donut find a way to use her super strength for good, while also finding the strength to be true to herself? ‘Donut the Destroyer’ is perfect for KS2 graphic novel fans, with the gentle schoolyard humour of ‘Mr Wolf’s Class’, mixed with the fraught friendships of a Raina Telgemeier book and the fantasy adventure of ‘Zita: Space Girl’. Reviewer: Carol Carter

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