Exclusive Cover Reveal: Stuntboy In-Between Time by Jason Reynolds, ill. Raúl the Third
Remember Stuntboy, in the Meantime? Allow me to jog your memory. It was by former National Ambassador of Children’s Literature Jason Reynolds. It received four starred reviews. It was illustrated by the remarkably talented Raúl the Third. It remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over eight months. Any of this ringing any bells?
How about this final fact: It has a sequel, Stuntboy In-Between Time, out August 29th, and I’m revealing the cover today.
Not bad, right? It isn’t everyday you get to premiere something from as dynamic a duo as Jason and Raúl. But before we even get to that, let me give you a rundown on its plot. Just so you’re up to speed:
“Portico Reeves is the greatest superhero a lot of people have never heard of. He likes it that way—then no one can get in the way of him from keeping other other people safe. Super safe. He’s Stuntboy. He’s got the moves. And the saves. Except. There’s been one major fail.
He couldn’t save his parents from becoming Xs. Which is a word that sounds like coughing up a hairball. But don’t talk to him about the divorce, because of the hairball thing, and also, it gives Portico the frets.
What’s also giving him frets is his parents living on two separate floors in their apartment building. He’s never fully with one parent or the other. He’s in-between, all the time. The in-between time. And the elevator is busted, so to get between floors means getting past the bullies who hang in the stairwells.
So when Portico and new friend, Herbert, and best best friend, Zola, discover an empty apartment, unlocked, they are psyched. It’s a perfect hideout, and hangout, and it’s not half anyone’s…it’s all theirs. So they decide to make it their own…let’s say with stunts of the drawing kind. Problem is, that gives some Grown Up People the frets, which leads to double frets for Portico. And he’s not sure his arsenal of stunts can combat that.”
Sounds good right? Well, this isn’t just any cover reveal today. This is a cover reveal with . . . a sneak peek at the interior spreads!! Check these out:
Whew! Okay. This is all to the good, but what about the actual cover?
You’ve been very patient. The time has arrived. Please check out the following:
Many thanks to Lisa Moraleda and the folks at Simon & Schuster for this reveal. Stuntboy In-Between Time is, as I’ve mentioned, out everywhere August 29th. Pre-order that copy with an independent bookseller or library today!
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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