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Lee Bacon’s poignant, humorous, and breathtaking Imaginary is an inventive story of friendship, loss, and growing up . . . as only an imaginary friend could tell it—featuring illustrations by Katy Wu.

Zach should’ve outgrown his imaginary friend by now. He knows this. He’s 11, long past the days when kids are supposed to go on epic make-believe adventures with their invisible friends.

But after the death of his father five years ago, all Zach wanted was an escape from the real world. So his imaginary friend, Shovel, hasn’t faded away like the other kids’ have. Their imaginary friendship grew stronger. Still, Zach’s now in middle school, and things are getting awkward. His best friend ditched him for a cooler crowd. His classmates tease him in the hallways. He still misses his dad. Reality is the worst. Which is why Zach makes regular visits to a fantasy world with Shovel.

But is Zach’s overactive imagination helping him deal with loss or just pushing people away?

“Spot art depicts a charmingly appealing Shovel and a racially diverse human cast . . . A witty, heartfelt, and sophisticated story about the consequences of grief.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419746642
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: 10/12/2021
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 461,907
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lee Bacon is the author of several books for young people, including The Last Human, Imaginary, and the Joshua Dread series, as well as the original audio stories The Mystery of Alice and Interview With The Robot. His books have been translated into 23 languages. Lee grew up in Texas and now lives in New Jersey.
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