Great Graphic Novel for Girls

Fun graphic novel alert!  This is one I couldn’t put down.  It deftly handles the tricky aspects of middle school and shows kids they are not alone.

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Title: Awkward
Author: Svetlana Chmakova
Target: Grades 4 and up
Series: No
What this book is about: 
Peppi is starting a new middle school and she just wants to fit in.  When she literally pushes away the first person to help her, the awkwardness begins.  Throw in a feud between her art club and the science club and general middle grade worries and school is anything but an easy road.  Can Peppi feel good about herself and grow in the process?
Why I love this book:
-This book felt realistic.  Great messages about friendship and courage but they never felt forced and were well integrated into the story.  This is a story that doesn’t talk down to kids but taps into their feelings of well, awkwardness.
-Graphic novel is well laid out.  Text bubbles are big and the illustrations are extremely appealing.
-I like that the characters were diverse throughout the book, representing what a school student body really looks like.
Who this book is for: 
This is a wonderful book for kids who enjoyed Smile or Roller Girl.


Final thoughts:
Another fabulous entrant into the graphic novel category.  This genre just keeps getting better and better.
To purchase this book:
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