This heartfelt middle grade debut about grief, creativity, and the healing power of friendship shows that not all heroes wear capes and is perfect for fans of John David Anderson and Ali Benjamin.
Whether they’re on the baseball field or in Nate’s basement devouring the newest issue of their favorite comic book, Dan and Nate are always talking. Until they’re not.
After an accident at baseball practice, Nate’s fallen into a coma. And if Dan ever wants to talk to Nate again, he’s got to take a page out of his hero Captain Nexus’s book, and do whatever it takes to save the day.
But heroes have powers—and without Nate, all Dan has is a closet stuffed with comics and a best-friend-shaped hole in his heart. There’s no way a regular kid can save the day all on his own. Right?---from the publisher
368 pages 978-0062943057 Ages 8-12
Keywords: baseball, accident, friends, friendship, heroes, grief, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, If You Liked Jon David Anderson, If You Liked Dan Gemeinhart, death and dying, sports
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“Chris has a knack for creating characters that feel deeply, and aren’t afraid to explore their more complicated emotions. Dan Unmasked is a rare example of a story that packs as much heart on each page as it does action—and as a reader, you’re equally compelled by the heroic world of the boys’ favorite comic as you are by Dan’s journey to understand his own grief. I’m so glad that this book exists for young readers to find.”—Elizabeth Lynch, associate editor, HarperTeen