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Groundwood Books

Louis Undercover

Written by Fanny Britt • Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

For students in grades 5 - 9 | Published October 01, 2017 | ISBN 9781554988594

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Regular price $19.95 CAD

160 pages | 11.25 in × 8.5 in
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About this book

Louis Undercover

Fanny Britt • Isabelle Arsenault

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.

About the Creators

Fanny Britt

Fanny Britt is a Quebec playwright, author and translator. She has written a dozen plays (among them Honey Pie, Hôtel Pacifique and Bienveillance) and translated more than fifteen. She has also written and translated several other works of literature. Jane, the Fox and Me is her first graphic novel.

Isabelle Arsenault

Isabelle Arsenault is a very talented Quebec illustrator who has won an impressive number of awards and has achieved international recognition. She illustrated Migrant by Maxine Trottier, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a finalist for the Governor General's Award, and Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, winner of the Governor General's Award. Visit Isabelle Arsenault's website: http://www.isabellearsenault.com/

Awards and Praise
. . . a graceful exploration of the frightening fragility and tentative resilience of preteen boys.
  • Winner The Best American Comics, 2019
  • Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2018
  • Commended ALSC Notable Children's Books, 2018
  • Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018
  • Commended School Library Journal Top 10 Graphic Novels, 2017
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