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From New York Times bestselling author Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes) and artist Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance) comes a new story about 13-year-old Lois Lane as she navigates the confusing worlds of social media and friendship. It’s the first day of summer break in the sleepy town of Liberty View, and young Lois Lane bursts onto the scene with what she knows is a sure-to-go-viral video channel. Okay, maybe her platform only receives two views a week (thanks, Mom), and maybe her best friend, Kristen, isn’t quite as enthusiastic about social media, but when Lois sets her mind on something, there’s no turning back. At the end of the week, the big neighborhood barbecue and bike race will be the perfect backdrop to Lois and Kristen’s #friendshipchallenge video. But when the girls find out the annual fireworks are missing, Lois doubles down on her efforts for fame, testing her friendship in ways she couldn’t imagine. With Kristen leaving for sleepaway camp after the barbecue and a new girl on the block taking all of Kristen’s attention, will Lois be able to find the missing fireworks, celebrate the summer, and post the best #friendshipchallenge the internet has ever seen? Or will she have to face her challenges IRL?
Thirteen-year-old Lois Lane wants two things: to go viral on VidMe by participating in famous VidMer Lottie Live's #FriendshipChallenge, and to completely ignore the fact that her best friend, Kristen Li, is leaving soon for sleepaway camp. Each summer, Lois and Kristen "celebrate friend-iversary during the fireworks after the jamboree bike race," but this year, an anonymous threat and subsequent firework theft puts Lois, Kristen, and Wheel Fun Bikes shop owner Mrs. Ramirez on edge. Suspects include newcomer Izzy Kent, who's visiting her aunt Dawn for the summer, and a corporate competitor, Cyclone Bikes owner Jana. The heroine is far from the Pulitzer Prize winning Lois Lane of the future, though, and despite guidance from a newspaper intern, Lois struggles to solve the mystery. Though Williams (the Goldie Vance series) breathes life into characters with a delightfully expressive style, a softly shaded color palette detracts from the energy that her cartoon-leaning art injects. Some convoluted plot points from Ellis (Lumberjanes) offer little consequence, and characters act a bit young, but this is an otherwise charming story about the dangers of social media idolatry and emotional processing avoidance. Ages 8 12.