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    Distributor: UTP Distribution Supplies to: CA Availability: Available On Sale Date: Oct 01, 2017 Carton Quantity: 12 $19.95 CAD
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Louis Undercover
By (author): Fanny Britt Illustrated by: Isabelle Arsenault
Fanny Britt ,

Illustrated by :

Isabelle Arsenault

Imprint:

Groundwood Books - Toronto

ISBN:

9781554988594

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Paper over boards
Hardcover , Paper over boards
English

Audience:

Juvenile: Age (years) 10 - 14, Grade (CAN) 5 - 9, Grade (US) 5 - 9
Oct 01, 2017
$19.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

11.25in x 8.5 x 0.77 in | 2.12 lb

Page Count:

160 pages

Illustrations:

Full color throughout
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
 
School Library Journal Top 10 Graphic Novels 2017, Commended ALSC Notable Children's Books 2018, Commended Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2018, Short-listed Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2018, Commended The Best American Comics 2019, Winner
  • Short Description
Louis is a young boy with an alcoholic dad and a worried mom, but with the help of his best friend, summons up the courage to speak to his true love.

A stunning graphic novel from the award-winning creators of Jane, the Fox and Me.

In this powerful new graphic novel from Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, we meet Louis, a young boy who shuttles between his alcoholic dad and his worried mom, and who, with the help of his best friend, tries to summon up the courage to speak to his true love, Billie.

Louis’s dad cries — Louis knows this because he spies on him. His dad misses the happy times when their family was together, just as Louis does. But as it is, he and his little brother, Truffle, have to travel back and forth between their dad’s country house and their mom’s city apartment, where she tries to hide her own tears.

Thankfully, Louis has Truffle for company. Truffle loves James Brown lyrics, and when he isn’t singing, he’s asking endless questions. Louis also has his friend Boris, with whom he spots ghost cop cars and spies on the “silent queen,” the love of his life, Billie.

When Louis and Truffle go to their dad’s for two weeks during the summer, their father seems to have stopped drinking. And when Truffle has a close call from a bee sting, their mother turns up and the reunited foursome spend several wonderful days in New York — until they reach the end of the road, again.

A beautifully illustrated, true-to-life portrayal of just how complex family relationships can be, seen through the eyes of a wise, sensitive boy who manages to find his own way forward.

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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

FANNY BRITT is a playwright, novelist and translator. She collaborated with Isabelle Arsenault on two previous graphic novels: Jane, the Fox and Me, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration (French) and the Joe Shuster Award for Best Writer and for Best Artist, and Louis Undercover. Her other award-winning works include the play Bienvaillance and her first novel, Les maisons (published in English as Hunting Houses). Fanny lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her husband and two sons.

ISABELLE ARSENAULT is an internationally renowned children’s book illustrator. Her award-winning books include Jane, the Fox and Me and Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt, Spork and Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky (BolognaRagazzi Award) and Colette’s Lost Pet, which marked her debut as an author. She has won the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature three times, and three of her picture books have been named as New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Isabelle lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her family.

Britt writes with perception about the torment of first love and the pain felt by children caught up in a foundering marriage. … Arsenault excels at capturing characters in the grip of powerful emotions they’re trying to conceal. - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Arsenault's symbolic use of color and animated illustrations breathe life into Britt's quirky, beautiful story, which emphasizes that love is the bravest act of all. - School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

This nuanced tale of an observant, sensitive boy finding his own brand of strength is bittersweet and beautifully composed. - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

The collaborators behind Jane, the Fox & Me have crafted another poignant picture book–sized graphic novel, this time about alcoholism, family separation, and the meaning of bravery. - Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

A deceptively complex book — simple enough for children, but with enough layers to reward repeated readings by adults. - Foreword Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

An unflinching, delicate portrait of a boy and his broken family. - Kirkus Reviews

An engagingly thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end. - Children's Bookwatch

. . . a graceful exploration of the frightening fragility and tentative resilience of preteen boys. - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED REVIEW

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