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Lois Lane is new to Metropolis, and this time, the teenager is determined to fit in. But almost as soon as she walks into her new high school, it becomes clear that it won't be easy. Kids known as the Warheads are making another girl insane, and Lois, with her snazzy new job at the Daily Planet, might be the only person who can stop them . . .

PublisherSwitch Press
BrandSwitch Press
Age Level14-18 Years
Reading LevelGrades 9-12
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Page Count304



Girls in Capes - Feliza

"...everything a contemporary superhero adaptation novel should be: funny, smart, and with just the right balance of action and suspense. It’s got just enough references to the world of Superman to hook in anyone who picked it up for that reason, but the story belongs entirely to Lois, shows her adventures as a journalist and her growth as a young woman finding a place to belong." - Girls in Capes

April 17, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter, "Lois Lane Is Your New YA Fiction Hero" - Graeme McMillan

"Step aside, Katniss: It's time for a teenage journalist to take over…" - The Hollywood Reporter, "Lois Lane Is Your New YA Fiction Hero"

August 26, 2014

A Mighty Girl, "40 Young Adult Books Starring Mighty Girls For Every Teen's Sum - Katherine

"Lois can't let it stand, so with her wit, her brand new reporter's credentials, and the help of mysterious online friend, Smallville Guy, she's determined to get to the bottom of things. This creative reimagining of classic DC character Lois Lane is first in a series; make sure to pick up the second, newly released volume, Lois Lane: Double Down, too!" - A Mighty Girl, "40 Young Adult Books Starring Mighty Girls For Every Teen's Sum

July 11, 2016


Kirkus Reviews

"STAR REVIEW! Lois is as fully rounded as she is in the comics, headstrong, smart, capable, and equipped with a solid moral compass. Bond supplies her with plenty of interesting supporting characters to bounce off, establishing a world worthy of a series. . . . This lighthearted and playful tone permeates the novel, making for a nifty investigative mystery akin to Veronica Mars or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Readers are in for a treat. A spectacular prose start for DC Comics' spectacular lady." - Kirkus Reviews

June 1, 2015 Book Report - Carly Silver

"Though there have been so many superhero-related books and movies lately, this one really stands out with its intriguing plot and character development. It puts the spotlight on an awesome female character and surrounds her with a diverse cast of characters. I can't wait for the sequel." - Book Report

November 30, 2015

YA Books Central - CJ Redwine

"FALLOUT is fresh, engaging, and impossible to put down. From the first page, readers will be captivated by the voice of Lois Lane, narrator and rebel with a hundred causes." - YA Books Central

May 23, 2015


The Book Bag

"I loved this incarnation of Lois Lane. She is focused, single-minded and determined. . . .It's also nice and pacy, making for both a satisfying and page-turning reading experience. . . .Fallout is a great new entry in the Superman universe. I want to read more about the fabulous, crusading Lois, and I'll be interested to watch SmallvilleGuy gradually integrate himself into the proceedings." - The Book Bag

February 1, 2016

Smart Moms, Review District - Dana Hinders

"Fast paced enough to appeal to today’s impatient young adult readers, Fallout is a great guilty pleasure read for their parents as well." - Smart Moms, Review District

May 13, 2015

Bustle - Caitlin White

"Finally, finally our favorite intrepid journalist is getting her due. . . .Picture this: Lois Lane as the snarky, whip-smart Veronica Mars character she was before she stood her ground alongside the Man of Steel." - Bustle

May 14, 2015


The Guardian - Ruby Redfort

"This is one of the most amazing books I have read in recent times, it might even make it into my top ten. . . .Full of convincing descriptions and rich language, it is bound to hit the bestsellers list with a smash!" - The Guardian

February 16, 2016

Shelf Awareness - Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor

"Gwenda Bond concocts an intelligent novel that moves faster than a speeding bullet. . . .Lois proves a model of trusting one's instincts and standing up for what's right--the rest will follow. May this be the first of many more." - Shelf Awareness

May 12, 2015

Barnes & Noble Teen blog - Nicole Hill

"Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Young reporters make great protagonists, see. Fiction has a long and proud tradition of producing lovable, insatiable, distinctive, and tireless journalists. . . .Would any list of intrepid fictional reporters be complete without Lois Lane? Negative, and here she is as a fiercely independent high-schooler." - Barnes & Noble Teen blog

February 17, 2016


The Community Entertainment Weekly - Nivea Serrao

"...Bond’s take on the character already shows traces of the qualities that have made Lois Lane such a role model. She stands up for what she believes in while still pursuing the truth. . . .But at the end of the day, she still has all the insecurities and worries a teenage girl would have—not unlike her sleuthing contemporaries, Veronica Mars and Nancy Drew." - The Community Entertainment Weekly

May 5, 2015

" inspired by Gwenda Bond’s “Fallout”...the first novel in her series about Superman’s Lois Lane as a high school journalist out to uncover the truth behind a creepy mind control experiment." -

November 27, 2015 - Alex Widen, Brooklyn Comic Books Examiner

"...should appeal not only to YA readers, but fans of the heroine who may have felt neglected with 20 page comics lately." -

August 26, 2014


Geek Chic Elite - Laura Cerrone

"Author Gwenda Bond writes the young Lois Lane with all the tenacity and intelligence her older counterpart displays in the comics. . . .Sticking true to Lane’s nature, Bond makes it clear that She is a heroine for the ages, and doesn’t need a dystopian society to prove her worth. . . .Lois shines and Lois Lane: Fallout is a fantastic example of expanding the DC Universe. It is a book even non-YA readers will enjoy." - Geek Chic Elite

April 23, 2015

Yahoo! Movies - Graeme McMillan

"Lois Lane Is Your New YA Fiction Hero" - Yahoo! Movies

August 26, 2014

VOYA - Debbie Wenk

"This is a story with a strong female protagonist. Lois is smart and gutsy. . . .The plot is well paced; the reader is immediately pulled into the story and taken for an enjoyable ride. A bit of romance, plenty of adventure, and intrigue add up to a tale that will engage most teen readers." - VOYA

April 1, 2015


SLJ's Good Comics for Kids blog - Esther Keller

"Lois Lane is new to Metropolis and gets swept into a mystery that she feels she has to solve." - SLJ's Good Comics for Kids blog

June 2, 2015

Bulletin of the Centerfor Children's Books - AM

"...Lois picks up the girl-detective mantle with enough sass and spunk to earn her a place among other recent undercover heroines . . .the novel is a possible choice for readers who want to see Lois step into the spotlight, and it may be an option for those who want their feisty teen mystery with a side of Superman fandom." - Bulletin of the Centerfor Children's Books

September 1, 2015 Book Report - Katherine Szabo

"Lois is a clever, determined and brave heroine who drives the story with a modern, humorous voice that makes the high school setting work well. . . .Young adult readers will definitely appreciate this fresh take on classic characters no matter how familiar they may already be." - Book Report

April 30, 2015


Maximum Pop - Toni McGregor

"You had me at Lois Lane. . . .I love her sassiness and wit, and I love her passion to help and to never be defeated even when the odds are against her. I love her realness and how the reader can relate to her. . . .Reading this book, I found myself completely mesmerized and gripped with the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t want it to finish." - Maximum Pop

February 22, 2016

Chicago Tribune

"It's not a bird, it's not a plane, it's Lois Lane, boldly following clues wherever they lead, taking readers along for a thrilling ride." - Chicago Tribune

July 25, 2015

The Comics Journal - Tim Hanley

"Bond’s Lois is a distillation of the most compelling traits of past incarnations of Lois Lane. She’s got the brash ambition of 1938’s Lois, the crusader for truth and justice qualities embodied by Margot Kidder, and the snark and smarts of Dana Delany’s animated Lois. While she may just be a high school student, she’s very much the Lois Lane that fans know and love." - The Comics Journal

May 1, 2015


Comics Alliance

"While Fallout is not a comic book, let's try not to hold that against it; it is a book starring one of the most enduring and influential characters in American comics, front and center where she belongs... and way too rarely ever appears in comics." - Comics Alliance

May 13, 2015

Los Angeles Times, "Summer reading guide: The 136 books you'll want to read"

"Teenage army brat Lois Lane (yes, that Lois Lane) moves with her family to Metropolis, becomes a fledgling journalist, and takes on local bullies." - Los Angeles Times, "Summer reading guide: The 136 books you'll want to read"

May 28, 2015

The Telegraph - Julia Llewellyn Smith

"Bond clearly intends to spin out the mystery over a series. Her Lois Lane is an endearing mix of spikiness and vulnerability." - The Telegraph

March 12, 2016


The Mary Sue, "A Young Adult Novel Starring Lois Lane Will Be Published Next Spr - Carolyn Cox

"...Fallout‘s publication is exciting news for anyone who thinks Superman’s main squeeze has gotten a short shrift in the comics and movies…" - The Mary Sue, "A Young Adult Novel Starring Lois Lane Will Be Published Next Spr

August 26, 2014

Entertainment Weekly, "Lois Lane to star in new YA novel" - Joshua Rivera

"...basically Lois Lane in a Veronica Mars-esque plot, which sounds like all kinds of awesome." - Entertainment Weekly, "Lois Lane to star in new YA novel"

August 26, 2014

Book Riot - Kelly Jensen

"If you’re a fan of comics, this has been an exciting year. We’ve seen tons of new comics, but even more exciting is that we’ve seen many of these comics and comic heroes find their way into novelizations for YA readers. What’s been great about this is that the novelizations have, in many ways, allowed female comic stories to be told in a fuller light." - Book Riot

November 11, 2015


School Library Journal - Susan Harris, Ridgeway High School, TN

"...[a] somewhat plausible tale of bullying, mind-control, and gaming, with a hint of alien activity. . . .Students inclined to make things right in the world may relate to the protagonist…" - School Library Journal

February 15, 2015

Booklist - Debbie Carton

"Bond cleverly reimagines star reporter Lois Lane as a teenager today. . . .Superman fans will delight in the nicely detailed ties to the man of steel, while enjoying Bond’s focus on the fearless reporter. . . .it’s pretty clear what steps will lead to the happy ending, but to Bond’s credit, the dry wit of the narrative and the satisfyingly coy online romance between Lois Lane and Smallville Guy make each of those steps delightful." - Booklist

May 1, 2015

Geek Mom - Kelly Knox

"Just the first chapter of Fallout told me that Bond gets Lois Lane. Lois is tenacious, fearless (or at least knows how to pretend to be), and never hesitates to do the right thing no matter how much trouble she might get in. Lois is likable and relatable, the perfect YA heroine, and I want her to be my BFF immediately." - Geek Mom

May 5, 2015

Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Girl on a Wire, Blackwood, and The Woken Gods. She has also written for Publishers Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and just might have been inspired to get a journalism degree by her childhood love of Lois Lane. She has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at or @gwenda on Twitter.

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