The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader
7 word summary: Are comics the answer to Tuck’s problems?
Realistic fiction. Stand-alone novel. Share with ages 8-11.
Tuck and his younger brother Beech are fastidiously saving all extra money in the hopes to help their newly-single, full-time student mom, but it’s not enough. While buying the latest edition of his favorite comic, Tuck notices a sign: create a winning superhero sidekick, earn tuition to college. This could solve all their money problems, assuming that Tuck would lie on the entry and submit his mom’s name. With characters that act and sound their age and a plausible problem, this novel highlights the importance of family and the power of doing what you love (for Tuck, that’s art). When there is a will, there is a way – which Tuck discovers.