From the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of This Is My America comes another thriller about a wrongly accused teen desperate to recclaim both his innocence and his first love.
Life can change in an instant.
When you’re wrongfully accused of a crime.
When a virus shuts everything down.
When the girl you love moves on.
Andre Jackson is determined to reclaim his identity. But returning from juvie doesn’t feel like coming home. His Portland, Oregon, neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying, and COVID-19 shuts down school before he can return. And Andre’s suspicions about his arrest for a crime he didn’t commit even taint his friendships. It’s as if his whole life has been erased.
The one thing Andre is counting on is his relationship with the Whitaker kids—especially his longtime crush, Sierra. But Sierra’s brother Eric is missing, and the facts don’t add up as their adoptive parents fight to keep up the act that their racially diverse family is picture-perfect. If Andre can find Eric, he just might uncover the truth about his own arrest. But in a world where power is held by a few and Andre is nearly invisible, searching for the truth is a dangerous game.
Critically acclaimed author Kim Johnson delivers another social justice thriller that shines a light on being young and Black in America—perfect for fans of The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas and Dear Justyce
by Nic Stone.
June 27, 2023
14 and up
Grade 9 & Up
KIM JOHNSON held leadership positions in social justice organizations as a teen. She’s now a college administrator who maintains engagement throughout the community while also mentoring and supporting Black youth. This Is My America
was her award-winning debut novel. She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Maryland, College Park. Kim lives in the Washington, DC with area her husband and two kids. Find her at KCJOHNSONWRITES.COM and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kcjohnsonwrites.
“Thrilling and poignant
, Invisible Son
will make your heart pound and break all at once.” –Karen McManus, #1 New York Times
“Chock full of mystery and suspense, Invisible Son
kept me on the edge of my seat with every turn of the page. I laughed, worried, cheered, and was with Andre every step of the way! A gripping must-read.
Bravo Kim Johnson, bravo!” –Tami Charles, New York Times
★ “A powerful, emotional, and insightful
read.” —Kirkus Reviews,
★ "Smooth pacing and anticipatory tension imbue this hard-hitting mystery
with a chilling atmosphere." —Publishers Weekly,
★ "Johnson's novel is thoughtful, passionate, and eloquent
, starred review
....The isolation of the pandemic and the intensity of the Black Lives Matter protests provide the backdrop to a riveting story line
." —The Horn Book