The Invisible Boy (Hardcover)
If no one sees him, does he exist? This superhero-inspired adventure story explores friendship and what it means to be truly brave.
Nadia looks for adventure in the pages of her Superman comic books, until a mysterious boy saves her dog from drowning during a storm and then disappears. Now she finds herself in the role of Lois Lane, hunting down the scoop of the Invisible Boy. Suddenly she’s in a real-life adventure that’s far more dangerous than anything in her comic books.
The Invisible Boy is a mystery and an adventure story, as well as a story about child labor trafficking. Like Katherine Applegate, author of Crenshaw and Wishtree, Alyssa Hollingsworth takes a difficult subject matter and makes it accessible for middle-grade readers.
Featuring illustrations by Deborah Lee
Alyssa Hollingsworth was born in small town Pensacola, Florida, but life as a roving military kid soon mellowed her (unintelligibly strong) Southern accent. Wanderlust is in her blood, and she’s always waiting for the wind to change. Stories remain her constant.
Alyssa is the author of The Eleventh Trade.
Deb JJ Lee is a Korean-born artist currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Her clients include The New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR, Facebook, Google, Radiolab, Scientific American, and PBS. Books she has illustrated include The Invisible Boy by Alyssa Hollingsworth (Roaring Brook Press, 2020) and The Other Side of Tomorrow by Tina Cho (HarperCollins, 2023). In Limbo is her debut graphic novel memoir.
"A grim reality approachably and even engagingly presented." —Kirkus Reviews
"A layered exploration of a challenging subject." —Publishers Weekly