The Invisible Boy

Alyssa Hollingsworth, illus. by Deborah Lee. Roaring Brook, $16.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-155726
Aspiring investigative reporter Nadia Quick, 12, is on the hunt for a scoop. The only child’s love of Superman, especially “ace reporter” Lois Lane, inspires her to cast neighborhood kids in comics roles—one, whom she witnesses smashing her canoe paddle, as supervillain Paddle Boy, and another, who rescues her dog and then vanishes, as superhero The Invisible Boy. Though Hollingsworth’s spirited heroine imagines herself an observant detective, she can be unaware (for example, not recognizing that her blogger mom is pregnant until she’s informed via a devastating livestream reveal). Still, her instincts to look closer into The Invisible Boy’s circumstances inspire her to track him down and, as she gets to know him, realize that something about his situation feels off. Topical subplots involving children’s right to privacy in parenting blogs and health care for veterans are thoughtfully incorporated, while Nadia’s frequently humorous denseness imparts levity, echoed in Lee’s single-page comics-style panels. A layered exploration of a challenging subject, including an epilogue detailing warning signs of child trafficking and an author’s note. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 10–14. Author’s agent: Amber Caravéo, Skylark Literary. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 04/29/2020
Release date: 06/09/2020
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-1-250-79186-3
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