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Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

A typical Muslim-American teen saves the world (with the help of her teleporting dog), in our 50th episode, Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson. (Transcript)
50 Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

In today’s episode…

In Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, Kamala Khan is your average Pakistani-American teenager living in Jersey City. She feels her parents’ expectations of her are too strict, when she’s shown them time and time again that she’s a good, trustworthy daughter. When she decides to ignore their wishes and sneak out to a party, she and the other party-goers are enveloped in a strange green mist. Kamala finds herself with new, unruly transmorphic powers. Can she use her powers to emulate her favorite superheroes, fighting for justice and good to prevail? Or will her parents find out and ground her forever?


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Episode highlights…


*2:40 We love the lighthearted tone of Ms. Marvel

*4:47 Her “normal”

*8:38 The artwork is incredible!

Things We Like A Latte

DanielleRadium Girls by Kate Moore

Amanda – The soundtrack to the movie Us




*15:40 The Big Bad and the ‘Baby Bad’

*18:86 Puppy!

*20:17 Sheihk Abdullah – “If you insist on pursuing this thing you will not tell me about, do it with courage, strength, honor, compassion and self respect.” 

*21:04 The master appears …


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More ideas and resources for teachers and librarians…

In this episode Danielle references her recent blog post on Including Superheros in American Lit classes, but her posts on Pop Culture in ELA and 15 TV Episodes to Use in ELA are also great resources to help teachers connect with their students.

You might also be interested in this interview with G. Willow Wilson at Comicon, and this TEDxTeen talk by Sana Amanat, comic book editor and co-creator of Ms. Marvel.

And if you are looking for more books like this for your classroom library we recommend Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds and Naomi by Brian Michael Bendis.

Happy reading!

50 Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

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Hosts: Danielle Hall (who blogs at

          & Amanda Thrasher (a booklover extraordinaire)

Producer: Leila Hobbs

Music: Matt McCammon

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