Lo and Behold by Wendy Mass
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Publishing Date: May 2nd, 2023
Can a virtual reality headset help change the way twelve-year-old Addie looks at things?
Introducing an unforgettable graphic novel about connection, friendship, and the wonder all around us from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mass and debut illustrator Gabi Mendez.
When you’re named after a 250-year-old tortoise, you grow up believing life is full of possibilities and wonder. But ever since Addie’s family got turned upside down, those things have been harder for her to see.
The last thing Addie wants to do is make a new friend, but when her dad’s summer job takes them across the country, she meets Mateo and finds herself caught up in an exciting project. With the help of a virtual reality headset, she’s suddenly scaling castle walls, dodging angry kittens, and seeing the world in whole new ways. Plus, she has an idea that could be bigger than anything she’s imagined before, but can she right some wrongs first . . . or is it too late?
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About the Author:
Wendy Mass is the author of twenty-two novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space, which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, the Willow Falls, Space Taxi and Candymakers series. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled “Mr. Monk Goes to the Theatre,” which aired during the show’s second season. She tells people her hobbies are hiking and photography, but really they’re collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector. Wendy lives with her family in New Jersey.
I have not seen anything like Lo & Behold and boy oh boy I want some more like it. Lo & Behold tells the story of Addie who goes with her dad to work on a VR Project and it is here that she meets Mateo. There is so much to unpack in this very cleverly written Graphic Novel but the main things were how VR can be used in different areas, empathy by the bucket load and an issue concerning Addie's mum which I have never seen in any Middle Grade Books and I have read quite a lot and I feel Wendy handled the topic very well.
I now want to talk about Gabi Mendez's illustration which were amazing and suited the writing to a tee. For all the reasons above Lo & Behold is getting 4 stars.