Stuntboy, in the Meantime
Stuntboy, in the Meantime
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Annotation: From Newbery Medal honoree and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a hilarious, hopeful, and actio... more
Catalog Number: #305132
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Illustrator: Raul the Third,
Pages: 257 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-534-41816-4 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-0528-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-534-41816-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-0528-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2021011623
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
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Kirkus Reviews
Not-so-secret superhero by day and kid from apartment 4D by day as well, Portico “Stuntboy” Reeves will need all his tricks to withstand the great threat facing his family and the anxiety that comes with it.Portico loves living in Skylight Gardens, an apartment complex as large as a castle, but he cherishes the people and community the most—with the exception of Herbert Singletary the Worst. Herbert is a bully and often a source of Portico’s “frets,” or debilitating anxiety, but neighbor and bestie Zola provides great support to both Portico and his super alter ego. The latter’s purpose is to keep all the other uniquely heroic folk in Skylight Gardens safe through an arsenal of self-sacrificing distractions and awkward hijinks. Raul the Third’s illustrations are both dynamic and cleverly slapstick as Portico skillfully tumbles down stairs to prevent an older resident from falling or flops in front of his parents to momentarily stop them from fighting. Reynolds’ narrative gradually reveals the impact Portico’s parents’ impending separation is having on their deeply sensitive son even as he can’t fully grasp what’s going on around him. Superlative, action-packed art and cheeky narration combine to tell a story of emotional intelligence on a superheroic scale while remaining consistently funny and undeniably thoughtful. Most characters read as Black.A boy finds a creative coping mechanism in this original tale that speaks to the heart. (additional sketches) (Adventure. 7-12)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Not-so-secret superhero by day and kid from apartment 4D by day as well, Portico “Stuntboy” Reeves will need all his tricks to withstand the great threat facing his family and the anxiety that comes with it.Portico loves living in Skylight Gardens, an apartment complex as large as a castle, but he cherishes the people and community the most—with the exception of Herbert Singletary the Worst. Herbert is a bully and often a source of Portico’s “frets,” or debilitating anxiety, but neighbor and bestie Zola provides great support to both Portico and his super alter ego. The latter’s purpose is to keep all the other uniquely heroic folk in Skylight Gardens safe through an arsenal of self-sacrificing distractions and awkward hijinks. Raul the Third’s illustrations are both dynamic and cleverly slapstick as Portico skillfully tumbles down stairs to prevent an older resident from falling or flops in front of his parents to momentarily stop them from fighting. Reynolds’ narrative gradually reveals the impact Portico’s parents’ impending separation is having on their deeply sensitive son even as he can’t fully grasp what’s going on around him. Superlative, action-packed art and cheeky narration combine to tell a story of emotional intelligence on a superheroic scale while remaining consistently funny and undeniably thoughtful. Most characters read as Black.A boy finds a creative coping mechanism in this original tale that speaks to the heart. (additional sketches) (Adventure. 7-12)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Feeling like he's "living in a television where behind every door is a new TV show," young Portico Reeves kicks off this hybrid format series by introducing himself as Stuntboy, "the greatest superhero you've never heard of." He also takes note of his fellow apartment residents tably, best friend Zola Brawner and "weenaged snot-bot" Herbert Singletary the Worst ("Yes, that's his real name"), bully and archvillain, both recent arrivals. Through 10 slice-of-life "episodes" interspersed with breaks for life rules ("1. Run up and down the hallways. All the hallways. Always") and full-color inset panels recapping oddly parallel plotlines in a beloved sci-fi show that invariably climax with "An Explosion of Great Magnitude," the narrator records his growing anxiety over the "meantime" arguments his parents have been having lately about their possessions sign, he twigs at last, of their impending separation. For a time he feels (and the illustrations depict literally him as) split in half, unrecognizable to friend and foe (ex-foe by the end: Herbert the "Not So Bad After All") alike. Raúl the Third and colorist Bay add an abundance of high-energy line drawings with variously hued highlights to this helter-skelter ramble, and Reynolds closes with a slick segue to the sequel.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Reynolds is The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a mega best-seller we even need to go on? You know who he is. Pair him with award-winning Raúl the Third and this one will fly off shelves as quickly as it arrives.
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Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Episode 1: How Stuntboy Became Stuntboy





Excerpted from Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds
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From Newbery Medal honoree and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a hilarious, hopeful, and action-packed middle grade novel about the greatest young superhero you’ve never heard of, filled with illustrations by Raúl the Third!

Portico Reeves’s superpower is making sure all the other superheroes—like his parents and two best friends—stay super. And safe. Super safe. And he does this all in secret. No one in his civilian life knows he’s actually…Stuntboy!

But his regular Portico identity is pretty cool, too. He lives in the biggest house on the block, maybe in the whole city, which basically makes it a castle. His mom calls where they live an apartment building. But a building with fifty doors just in the hallways is definitely a castle. And behind those fifty doors live a bunch of different people who Stuntboy saves all the time. In fact, he’s the only reason the cat, New Name Every Day, has nine lives.

All this is swell except for Portico’s other secret, his not-so-super secret. His parents are fighting all the time. They’re trying to hide it by repeatedly telling Portico to go check on a neighbor “in the meantime.” But Portico knows “meantime” means his parents are heading into the Mean Time which means they’re about to get into it, and well, Portico’s superhero responsibility is to save them, too—as soon as he figures out how.

Only, all these secrets give Portico the worry wiggles, the frets, which his mom calls anxiety. Plus, like all superheroes, Portico has an arch-nemesis who is determined to prove that there is nothing super about Portico at all.


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