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Louis Undercover

by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

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drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, marriage & divorce
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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.

About the Authors

Fanny Britt

FANNY BRITT is a writer, playwright, and translator. She has written a dozen plays and translated more than fifteen. She is the winner of the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award in Drama for her play Bienveillance. Jane, the Fox and Me, her first graphic novel, was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Literature — Text, won a Libris Award, a Joe Shuster award, and was on the New York Times Best Illustrated Books list.

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Isabelle Arsenault is an internationally renowned children’s book illustrator whose work has won many awards. Her books include Alpha, Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky, Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol and Migrant by Maxine Trottier.

Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault first collaborated on the graphic novel Jane, the Fox and Me, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration (French) and the Joe Shuster Awards for Best Writer and Best Artist. It was also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Reading age:
10 to 14
Awards
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, ALSC Notable Children's Books
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Commended, School Library Journal Top 10 Graphic Novels
Editorial Reviews

The collaborators behind Jane, the Fox & Me have crafted another poignant picture book–sized graphic novel, this time about alcoholism, family separation, and the meaning of bravery.

— Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

An unflinching, delicate portrait of a boy and his broken family.

— Kirkus Reviews

This nuanced tale of an observant, sensitive boy finding his own brand of strength is bittersweet and beautifully composed.

— Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

A deceptively complex book — simple enough for children, but with enough layers to reward repeated readings by adults.

— Foreword Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Arsenault's symbolic use of color and animated illustrations breathe life into Britt's quirky, beautiful story, which emphasizes that love is the bravest act of all.

— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

. . . a graceful exploration of the frightening fragility and tentative resilience of preteen boys.

— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED REVIEW

Britt writes with perception about the torment of first love and the pain felt by children caught up in a foundering marriage. … Arsenault excels at capturing characters in the grip of powerful emotions they’re trying to conceal.

— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

An engagingly thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end.

— Children's Bookwatch

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