Like Lava in My Veins

Derrick Barnes and Shawn Martinbrough


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All it takes is a loving teacher to help a boy get control of his sizzling superpowers, in this vibrant picture book by bestselling author Derrick Barnes.

Bobby Beacon's got fire flowing through his veins. And now he's psyched to attend a new school that'll help him get a better grip on his powers. But right off the bat, his new teacher is not too welcoming. That causes Bobby's hot temper to land him in the principal's office. It ain't easy to stay calm when people don't seem to understand you and are always pushing you to the edge. Good thing Bobby gets moved to a class with an understanding teacher who clues him in on ways to calm himself and shows him that caring for others is its own kind of superpower. With her help--and some cool new friends--he just might be on his way to becoming the best version of himself possible.

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Published: 07/04/2023
Pages: 40
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 10.20h x 8.20w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780525518747
Age: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2023
Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2023
Publishers Weekly 06/26/2023
Booklist 07/01/2023 pg. 54
School Library Journal 06/23/2023 pg. 1

About the Author
Derrick Barnes ( is the author of the empowering New York Times bestsellers The King of Kindergarten and I Am Every Good Thing, which won the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award and the Kirkus Prize, and Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which received a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, the Kirkus Prize, and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. He also wrote the bestselling chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys. Derrick is a native of Kansas City, MO, and a graduate of Jackson State University, and was the first African American male creative copywriter hired by greeting card giant, Hallmark Cards. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and their four sons.

Shawn Martinbrough ( is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics and an Eisner Award nominated artist whose comic book projects include Batman: Detective Comics, DMZ, Luke Cage Noir, The Black Panther: Man Without Fear, Hellboy, the Thief of Thieves series, Prométhée 13:13, and Red Hood. He's been a featured guest and panelist at comic conventions all over the world, and has given lectures at Walt Disney Animation, Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon, TEDx Mid Atlantic, the International Spy Museum, the California African American Museum, the Society of Illustrators, and the 100 Black Men of America Conferences. He lives near Washington DC.