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Stuntboy, In The Meantime

Written by Jason Reynolds

Illustrated by Raul the Third

Key Stage 2 Graphic Novels & Comics Humorous

LoveReading View on Stuntboy, In The Meantime

A superhero persona and best friend come to the rescue of a boy battling The Frets (aka anxiety)

A November 2021 Star Book!

Jason Reynolds has a golden touch when it comes to creating thought-provoking fiction that will enthral even the most reluctant of readers. 

In Stuntboy In the Meantime readers will feel well and truly understood by two golden touches, with Raul the Third’s energetic illustrations ingeniously interwoven to the entertaining, empathetic tale.

Portico Reeves is a one of a kind boy, with a one of a kind best friend in Zola. After a tough day dealing with the local bully, Herbert Singletary the Worst, followed by a bad case of The Frets (his evocative term for anxiety), with Zola’s guidance Portico finds his superpower and Stuntboy is born, a superhero whose job it is to keep other superheroes safe, so they can get on with saving the world. But while Stuntboy performs several acts of superhero-dom around his Skylight Gardens apartment block (never blowing his own calamity-averting trumpet), he has to fend off further attacks of The Frets and figure out how to stop his parent’s constant arguments (aka “the mean time”).

Driven by first-rate, funny dialogue and fast-paced action, and suffused in understanding, Stuntboy will speak to young readers dealing with anxiety, bullies and separating parents while keeping them upbeat and engaged.

Joanne Owen

Stuntboy, In The Meantime Synopsis

Meet Stuntboy. He's the newest superhero in town. Or at least in his own head. He'll save you from baddies like Herbert Singletary The Worst and the Frets. Or at least he'll TRY to. And maybe someone will end up saving him too...

From two superheroes, 2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal winning author Jason Reynolds and super illustrator Raul the Third, comes a never-before-seen tale featuring acts of daring and courage... and one mysterious cat.

Stuntboy, In The Meantime Press Reviews

“Reynolds’ writing is simple, but its impact lasts.” The Guardian

“If you’re having problems finding a novel that will engage your almost-teenage boy (or girl) . . . look no farther” The Times

“A sensitive, empathetic, funny novel” The Big Issue

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913311247
Publication date: 4th November 2021
Author: Jason Reynolds
Illustrator: Raul the Third
Publisher: Knights Of Media
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Graphic Novels & Comics, Divorce, Humorous

About Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. The American Booksellers Association's 2017 and 2018 spokesperson for Indies First, his many books include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), and Long Way ...

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