Hannah Sharpe, Cartoon Detective
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Young cartoonist Hannah Sharpe has many strengths: she’s curious, creative, has an amazing memory, and most important — she notices things. When Doug Williams moves into her family’s Airbnb, Hannah can’t shake the feeling that he’s got something to hide. But his girlfriend, Remy Furtado, couldn’t be nicer or more helpful. As Hannah investigates, often with her sketchbook in hand, she makes a series of unsettling discoveries involving stolen packages, changed keypad codes, and hidden stacks of cash. Can Hannah crack the case and unfold the mystery on her own?
Including full-color illustrations with panel art featuring Hannah and her cartoon alter ego, Dusty Pickle, here is a thoughtful and propulsive new book starring a neurodiverse protagonist.
“In Conversation: Janet Tashjian and Jake Tashjian,” Publishers Weekly, 14 September 2023.
“An autistic 11-year-old who’s considered the class sleuth practices her investigative knack in this illustrated series starter from mother-son duo the Tashjians. … Hannah’s openhearted voice adds myriad details about her neurodivergent experience (drawn, per an author’s note, from Jake Tashjian’s own life), while comics interstitials — both Dusty Pickle episodes and interpersonal experiences — add humor to the straightforward narrative.” (Publishers Weekly)