mascot-to-the-rescueTitle: Mascot to the Rescue!
Author: Peter David
Illustrator: Colleen Doran
ISBN: 9780061349119
Pages: 232 pages
Publisher/Date: Laura Geringer Books, c2008.

“I’m going to die . . . I’m going to die. . . .”
“Josh!” Kelsey was shaking him, trying to get his attention.”
“I’m going to fall off a bridge and die–”
“Josh, you’re not him! You’re not Mascot!”
“I know that!” Josh said. “But everything that happens to him happens to me, too! You can’t deny that!” (54)

Josh Miller identifies with the superhero sidekick Mascot in the comic strip that gets delivered to his house once a month. So when the most recent issue seems to spell the end for Mascot, Josh is intent on changing the course of events. Accompanied by the new girl at school Kelsey and a company mail clerk, they run away and set out on an adventure to find the creator Stan Kirby. When the police get involved, just like in the comics, does Josh meet Mascot’s untimely fate?

Although a cliche ending, it’s a great new concept. There were some laugh out loud moments, and it’s a unique storyline. Kelsey’s loyalty to Josh, especially in the face of what seems like an insane journey to her, is highly admirable. The intervention in the end by social services is realistic, and so are the actions that Josh and Kelsey take. Overall a good read, and although it’s on the longer side, I would recommend it to reluctant boy readers.