The Unforgettable Logan Foster by Shawn Peters

The Unforgettable Logan Foster by Shawn Peters. Harper, 2021. 9780063047679

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: ARC (1/22 pub date)

Genre:  Science fiction/superhero

What did you like about the book? Twelve year old Logan Foster lives in an orphanage. He is neurodivergent, with an eidetic memory, and loves comic books and internet cat videos. His narration, to an unknown younger sibling, whom he hopes to find one day, is full of information he has memorized from which he tries to make sense of the world. It is also funny and very entertaining.

Logan is placed with a young couple, Margie and Gil, and moves to their home. He quickly makes a friend in Elena, a high school girl next door. Things are looking up, but he withholds hope that his new foster parents will work out. From the beginning, he can sense that they are hiding something. And when they are attacked in a movie theatre by a beefy dude named Seismyxer, he learns that they are the superheroes Quicksilver Siren and Ultra-Quantum, and that they are part of a world wide organization called MASC which coordinates activities of all superheroes fighting the forces of evil. But soon, Logan and Margie and Gil must question all of their assumptions about who the good guys are, as a huge showdown at MASC headquarters threatens the peace of the entire world.

I love the combined dramas of Logan’s personal fate and the fate of the world, and how he methodically tells the events of the story, often punctuated by his signature line, “That is a fact.” The action gets going really quickly, and his voice is clear and engaging. It feels like he’s speaking to the reader as he tells his story to the sibling he hopes to meet one day. Elena is also a great character – a tall, athletic high schooler with unexpected abilities. I really couldn’t put the book down! Occasional art, which is not realized in this advance copy, will be fun to see. If it’s anything like the cover it should be good. The spine marks the book as the first in a series, but happily there is a satisfying ending which brings closure to many questions.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 9-14, fans of adventure/science fiction and superheroes, and for anyone who enjoys characters with the special powers of autism.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: October 24, 2021

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