Embrace Your Sparkle Energy With These 5 Fun Facts About Magic Girls: Kira and the (Maybe) Space Princess

If you like your books jam-packed with sass, sparkle, and lots of heart, we’ve got your favorite new read!

Magic Girls: Kira and the (Maybe) Space Princess is the first in a brand new graphic novel series about, well, why don’t we let author Megan Brennan fill you in on the important deets?

“When totally average kid Kira wishes on a falling star, she somehow finds herself with a (maybe??) magical best friend from outer space, named Catacorn. Soon Kira’s boring middle school life is turned upside down! She and Catacorn have to transform into magical girls with cute outfits and special magic attacks in order to stop an intergalactic foe from ruining the peace in Neo-Earth Junior High! Or at least that’s what Catacorn says they have to do. . . . Is Kira’s new friend everything she seems?”

Book Cover for Magic Girls: Kira and the (Maybe) Space Princess

Fashionable fights, flashy attacks, and friends that are out of this world! This wacky and funny graphic novel series is a love letter to manga fans. With a tongue in cheek humor and delightfully fun action scenes, this series is perfect for fans of Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Katie the Catsitter.

There’s nothing cooler than Magical Girls – pretty superheroes fighting villains with the power of friendship and glitter? What could be better than that! This year in middle school, Kira is going to be cool and popular and have SO many friends because she’s going to be a MAGICAL GIRL! …Or not.

Frustrated beyond belief, Kira makes a wish on a shooting star that her life will change – and when Catacorn, a cat-unicorn-space-princess, crashes into Kira’s backyard, it seems her wish has come true…kinda…maybe… Oh no. Is Kira’s dream of being a Magical Girl really possible…or is Catacorn not really what she promises to be?

Magic Girls: Kira and the (Maybe) Space Princess
AUTHOR: Megan Brennan
PUBLISHER: Random House Graphic
DATE: March 5, 2024

If only it were as simple as wishing on a star and channeling our sparkle magic to make middle school easier to deal with! Kira’s adventure is a super relatable one – we’ve all struggled with self-confidence and figuring out where we fit in. If you love magical girl manga and anime series filled with super cute outfits, quirky characters, intergalactic lore, and sparkling battles fueled by friendship, Magic Girls: Kira and the (Maybe) Space Princess is the read for you! We can’t wait for book two.

Author Megan Brennan is taking our readers even deeper into Kira’s world! Get to know more about her home planet of Neo-Earth, the origins of Catacorn, and more!

Author Megan Brennan Shares 5 Fun Facts About Magic Girls: Kira and the (Maybe) Space Princess:

Introducing Neo-Earth:

Kira lives on a planet called Neo-Earth. It’s kind of like our earth, but there are a lot more people who are at least a little magical. I like to think of it as a world where any original character I come up with could somehow fit in. An alien? A magical girl? A merman? They could all easily attend Neo-Earth Junior High and fit in. There are also a lot of “normal” kids there too, like Kira!

Tricky Birthdays:

Because Catacorn’s birthday is based on an intergalactic calendar from many light-years away from Neo-Earth, it’s hard to figure out how to convert that day to Neo-Earth calendars! I think eventually she might pick the day she landed in Kira’s yard as her Neo-Earth birthday, but I can’t be sure. Maybe she will pick a new one every year.

Illustration of Kira in a yellow sweater vest, wearing a backpack. Caticorn is off to the side in a magical girl inspired outfit.

Catacorn’s Evolution:

I originally drew Catacorn years ago, when I was in art school, for a little one-page joke of a comic. But in this original form, she was just a strange stray animal that a girl found in her backyard. Her weird face was so fun to draw that I kept bringing her back! She slowly became a whole middle-schooler instead of a feral animal. Congratulations to her!

Accidental Lefties:

There are a higher percentage of lefties on Neo-Earth than on our Earth. This is definitely not because I kept making them lefties by pure accident. Have you ever tried to draw a picture of yourself drawing? If you’re like me, you will draw yourself as if you’re in a mirror without even trying.

Sparkle Energy:

Kira and Catacorn use Sparkle Energy to power their magical moves. I think of sparkle energy as if the feeling you get when you’re really excited about something could become a physical thing. I guess on Neo-Earth this happens for real, whereas on our Earth we could only imagine it happening. I feel like being excited about things and being around people I like really does give me the power to do things!


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