Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian (Hardcover)

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"A girl with the amazing ability to pick the perfect book for anyone she meets must stop an evil scientist bent on destroying the world's supply of books with his army of moths."  —Anthony

— From The Most Brilliant Books of 2018


A super-secret operative saves the world from a diabolical threat through her ability to brandish just the right book at just the right time in this delightfully silly superhero tale illustated by Eisner Award-winner and Caldecott Honoree Vera Brosgol.

When an evil genius has a diabolical plan to destroy every book on the planet, who has the tome-toting page power to thwart his dastardly scheme? 
     Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian! She’s got the gadgets. She’s got the disguises. And she’s always got the right book at the right time. It’s a good thing, too, because Lyric McKerrigan is the world’s last hope!
     Jacob Sager Weinstein and Vera Brosgol introduce a smart and crafty heroine who is part comic-book hero, part reader extraordinaire, and wholly awesome. 

About the Author

Jacob Sager Weinstein’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney'sThe North American Review, and Self, and he is a former contributor to The Onion. In addition to writing satirical books for adults, he is author of the middle grade adventure Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath. He lives in London. Visit him online at and on Twitter @jacobsw.

Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to the United States when she was five. Her first graphic novel, Anya's Ghost, won Eisner, Cyblis, and Harvey awards. Her picture book Leave Me Alone! received a Caldecott Honor. She was a storyboard artist at Laika for ten years, working on films including Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at and on Twitter  and Instagram @verabee.

Praise For…

"Brosgol packs the illustrations with amusing details that add something new to discover with every reading...An exciting escapade with an unlikely hero and a not-so-secret message about the power of books."--Kirkus

The art is effervescent, with bold lines, bright colors, expressive faces, and several well-placed visual gags to reward attentive readers. Sure to delight budding comic fans, crime fighters, and bibliophiles alike."--School Library Journal

What if there were a superhero who could give people in trouble the very book they need most? Weinstein (Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath) spins this winning concept out with cheeky hilarity...Caldecott Honor–winning artist Brosgol (Leave Me Alone!) draws heroes and evildoers with wit."--Publishers Weekly

Brosgol’s confident line work, vibrant colors, and judicious panel placement allow for the jokes to shine and for the fanciful, energetic plot to move at a thrilling, action-packed pace."--Horn Book Magazine 

"The message here: to every reader their book—and what a difference that can make!"--Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780544801226
ISBN-10: 0544801229
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Pages: 48
Language: English