Louis Undercover

Louis Undercover

Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault

Original Title
Louis parmi les spectres
Les Éditions de la Pastèque, 2016
Graphic novels
Rights Sold
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Louis Undercover

Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault

In this powerful graphic novel from Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, we meet Louis, a young boy who shuttles between his mum’s home in the city and his dad’s house in the country, with his little brother, Truffle who loves to sing James Brown songs. While coming to terms with the sadness and complexities of his divorced parents’ relationship, Louis – with the help of his best friend, Boris – is also trying to summon up the courage to speak to his true love, Billie.

Seen through the eyes of Louis, this is 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.


Press voices
"This nuanced tale of an observant, sensitive boy finding his own brand of strength is bittersweet and beautifully composed." ―Booklist, 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.... [A] perceptive addition to graphic novel collections." ― School Library Journal, 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

"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

"… a graceful exploration of the frightening fragility and tentative resilience of preteen boys." ― Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"A deceptively complex book ― simple enough for children, but with enough layers to reward repeated readings by adults." ― Foreword Reviews, starred review

"An unflinching, delicate portrait of a boy and his broken family." ― Kirkus Reviews

"An engagingly thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end." ― Children's Bookwatch
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