Izzy Hawthorne: Destiny Awaits (Lightyear) by Bethany Baptiste, 235 pages. CHAPTER BOOK. Disney, 2022. $10.99.
Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (sci-fi fighting)
BUYING ADVISORY: EL MS – ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
Izzy is leading a Junior Patrol group when an enormous purple spaceship appears and sends down an army of yellow robots. Izzy and her team are inadvertently locked out of the colony’s protective laser shield but they get help from Buzz who unexpectedly returns after being gone for years lost in space (though only minutes have gone by for Buzz). With lots of fights against alien robots, explosions, near misses, and costly mistakes, Izzy constantly is recalling her grandma’s Space Patrol rules to find the courage to imagine and execute several “Plan B’s”. Buzz and Izzy eventually manage to work together to destroy the invaders. The chapters alternate between the current invasion of alien robots and flashbacks to Izzy’s experiences with her grandma who was a celebrated Space Ranger and partners w Buzz Lightyear.
This is a space adventure based in the Buzz Lightyear universe. I don’t know much about this universe, but this story provides sufficient details to create a vivid picture of their planet and customs. Buzz, Izzy, and everyone in her Junior Patrol group are adults fighting for their lives. There is no adult language, but definitely lots of sci-fi violence against robots.
Reviewer: Pamela K. Foster, MLS, elementary school teacher-librarian