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Zinc Alloy: The Invincible Boy-bot
Zinc Alloy: The Invincible Boy-bot
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Graphic Sparks

Zinc Alloy: The Invincible Boy-bot

Zack Allen loves comic books, but this wimpy kid is nothing like his favorite superheroes. He’s always getting picked on by bullies at school. Then one day, Zack builds a high-tech robot suit. Now he must learn to control his newfound powers and become the world’s newest superhero, Zinc Alloy: The Invincible Boy-bot!

PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Sparks
Age Level8-10 Years
Reading LevelGrades 1-3
Trim Size6 x 9
Page Count128
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School Library Journal - Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MI

"Lighthearted comic action is the focus of this collection of four previously published comics. Zack Allen is a smart kid who is teased at school. His life changes when he uses his wits to create a Mech-style robot suit. With it, he rights wrongs both big and small, from runaway trains to school bullies. In “Super Zero,” readers learn the Zinc Alloy backstory. In “Revealed!” Zack reveals his own secret identity–a rare thing–and must deal with the consequences. In “Zinc Alloy vs. Frankenstein,” the protagonist takes on a robot version of the famous neck-bolted monster, wrecking the town in the process. In “Coldfinger,” Zack must protect the town from evil Dr. Icee and his Giant Freeze Ray. Reluctant readers will appreciate the pace, which is set to hyperdrive. The action comes early and often. Frequent humor assures that the mood stays light. The full-color illustrations are more cartoon than comic-book superhero, with bold outlines and basic panel work. An entertaining combination of action, humor, and silliness, Boy-Bot will be a popular pick for graphic-novel fans." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2013

Deer in the Xenon-Arc Lights

"If anything can, Zinc is the kind of book that will bring kids back to the medium and maybe to reading as a whole simply because it is aimed straight at, rather than down to them. . . .After finishing the book I flipped back through some of the scenes a second time and found that I could tell exactly what was happening without reading a single word; I can’t think of another comic out there with art that coherent. . . .I adore what Zinc Alloy stands for and the love that it shows comics and the children who may read them: The look on Zack’s face when he picks up the latest Robo Hero, the way he quotes the X-Men movie while arguing against being afraid of the average folk and the sheer sense of joy he gets from his life all speak strongly to that. It’s exactly the kind of book I want to give to my kids when they exist and funny enough that I don’t feel strange buying and reading it so long before they do. Oh Zinc Alloy, I love you." - Deer in the Xenon-Arc Lights

August 23, 2012

Publishers Weekly, "Bullying Resources: A Selected Listing" - Shannon Maughan

"Tired of being bullied at school, Zack builds a high-tech robot suit that allows him to become an invincible superhero." - Publishers Weekly, "Bullying Resources: A Selected Listing"

October 22, 2012

Donald Lemke

Donald Lemke

Donald Lemke works as a children’s book editor. He has written dozens of all-age comics and children's books for Capstone, HarperCollins, Running Press, and more. Donald lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his brilliant wife, Amy, toddling toddler, Cleo, and a not-so-golden retriever named Paulie.

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