Fall 2023

The First Invasion

Book 1

From the Series Power Button

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

A powerful sci-fi adventure with humor and heart

Truly’s parents are arguing all the time, so they’ve dropped her off with her aunt and uncle. Her cousin Kaz has a big imagination but he’s not the best at making friends. Maximo Skulldigg gets bullied by his older brother—and now he has to conquer Kaz and Truly’s home planet.

It’s a good thing Kaz and Truly just uncovered a family secret. After the cousins find a hideout full of strange treasures near Kaz’s house, they slip on wristbands that summon a space knight named Trinn Cyclo. Soon, he may be Earth’s only hope!

Power Button: The First Invasion is the first book in a new middle grade graphic novel series by author/illustrator Zack Soto.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Graphic Novels
Category Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diversity
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 200
Publication Date 2023-11-07
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS JUV008140, JUV008040, JUV053010
Dewey 741.5/973
Dimensions 6 x 9
Guided Reading Level U
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author, Illustrator: Zack Soto

Zack Soto is a cartoonist and comic book editor living in Portland, Oregon. He likes toys, movies, houseplants and making things in his workshop—but he might like comics most of all. You can find him at www.zack-soto.com.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Power Button

Kaz and Truly, two mismatched cousins, have discovered a pair of mysterious matching wristbands. And when they bump the bands together, they summon an outer-space superhero. Meet Trinn Cyclo, the Omega Knight! It’s a weird afternoon. But as Kaz, Truly, and the rest of Oregon become View available downloads →

The First Invasion: An Interview with Author Zack Soto

What would you do if you found a strange tunnel in the woods behind your house? Investigate of course! In The First Invasion: Book 1 Cousins Truly and Kaz discover a hideout full of treasures and slip on wristbands that summon a space knight named Trinn Cyclo. And he arrives just in time View →


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“A delightful, fast-paced adventure that entertains young readers with its action, humor, and relatable characters . . . a perfectly enjoyable read for middle-grade audiences seeking a fun escape into a world of aliens, robots, and unlikely heroes. Reviewer Rating: 4”—Children’s Literature

School Library Journal

“A fun action/adventure graphic novel with engaging art. Readers will eagerly await the next installment.”—School Library Journal

Jason Shiga

“Stunning… with bold linework and a unique color palette that perfectly captures the otherworldly setting. Get ready to be swept away by the captivating action and beautiful art in this must-read adventure!” —Jason Shiga, author of Meanwhile

Aron Nels Steinke

“A real page-turner! Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down!” —Aron Nels Steinke, author of Mr. Wolf’s Class

Mike Dawson

“Hilarious, inventive, and absolutely action-packed. Zack Soto spins an exciting fun-filled yarn and leaves you wanting more. Power Button is a blast!” —Mike Dawson, author of The Fifth Quarter