Eleven-year-old Diana leads an idyllic life on the island of Themyscira. Cut off from the rest of the world, she's beginning to feel a little alone. Though she has a loving mother and many "aunties," she is an only child. In fact, she's the only child on the entire island! After an escapade goes wrong, Diana gets in trouble for not living up to the Amazonian standard. She just can't seem to measure up no matter what she does. Every other person on the island is an adult proficient in their trade and mighty in body, while she is gangly, sometimes clumsy, and not particularly good at anything. She's not Wonder Woman...yet, anyway. What Diana needs is a friend; someone her own age whom she can talk to. But when she decides to take matters into her own hands, she encounters the unexpected!
Indigo-haired Diana, "too old or too young for everything," gets more than she wishes for when she succeeds in breathing life into a clay figure she hopes will be her friend. Diana's the only child among the Amazons, female warriors who never age and her mother is their queen, with little attention to spare: "Not yet, Diana," she snaps after being asked to play, then turns to a colleague: "Senator, I understand your concern." By contrast, Mona, Diana's clay creation, offers her loyalty and warmth: "We're birds of a feather," she tells Diana. But Mona has no scruples, and making trouble amuses her: "Don't be a wimp," she taunts in one scene. "Aren't Amazons supposed to be brave?" In this smartly paced adventure, the Hales (the Princess in Black series) create a persuasive portrait of a girl torn between her need for companionship and her inner doubts about Mona's demands. Ying (Meow!) draws Diana with polished lines and facial expressions that make her conflicting emotions plain. A suspenseful climax offers action on a supernatural scale, and with an all-female cast of warriors, there's no shortage of role models. Ages 8 12. \n