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Stuntboy, in the Meantime (Stuntboy, Book 1)

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Engaging, thoughtful story of changing family has great art.

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There are a lot of layers to this empathetic, energetic, beautifully illustrated story from Jason Reynolds and Raúl the Third. Stuntboy, in the Meantime, addresses kids' feelings of being overwhelmed or out of control with beautiful nuance and great humor, exploring how everyday events like haircuts or bus rides can feel different based on what is happening at home. Portico's parents try to protect him from their arguments, and Zola's parents quietly support him, reinforcing the impact of adults' actions on kids lives. The real power of the story, though, comes from Portico's inner monologue and his friendship with Zola. They are open and vulnerable and funny and feisty, and a treat for young readers to get to know.

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