Be Prepared – Vera Brosgol

30623067Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: First Second Books
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Summer Camps, Loneliness, Mean Girls


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A gripping and hilarious middle-grade summer camp memoir from the author of Anya’s Ghost. All Vera wants to do is fit in—but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there’s one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp. Vera is sure she’s found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the “cool girl” drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares! Continue reading

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Speak: The Graphic Novel

34495927Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow/Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Abuse, High School, Depression


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From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless–an outcast–because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night: She was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Continue reading

Giant Days, Vol. 1 – John Allison

25785993Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Publication Date: November 24th 2015
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Super Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Humor, Comics, Contemporary, College, Friendship,


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Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Collects issues #1-4. Continue reading

Cucumber Quest: The Ripple Kingdom (Cucumber Quest #2)

Cucumber Quest: The Ripple Kingdom by Gigi D.G.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: February 27th, 2018
Publisher: First Second Books
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Humor, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Magic, Action, Adventure, Friendship


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The quest to save Dreamside continues! After a surprise attack at sea, Cucumber finds himself in the Ripple Kingdom, home to white sand, blue waves . . . oh yeah, and the giant, terrible squid monster holding Almond and Sir Carrot captive. Can our so-called “legendary hero” rescue his companions from the nefarious Splashmaster? Nah, probably not. Good thing Princess Nautilus is here! With her wit, charm, and positive attitude, there’s no way they can lose. But saving the day won’t be as simple as it seems once a 500,000-year-old secret comes to light . . . Continue reading

Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit (Lunch Lady #5)

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Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: December 2010
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Humour, Action, Middle Grade, Villains


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The Breakfast Bunch is excited for the upcoming bake sale—and the best part is that it’s raising money for an awesome field trip.  But when all the snacks go missing, it’s no laughing matter.  Someone is sabotaging the bake sale.  But why?

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Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown (Lunch Lady #4)

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Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 2010
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Humour, Action, Middle Grade, Villains


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Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch kids are looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation with no funny business. What evils could befall them at summer camp?

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Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta (Lunch Lady #3)

6783427Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: December 2009
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Humour, Action, Middle Grade, Villains


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What evil designs does this world-famous writer have on his agenda? Lunch Lady’s going to get to the bottom of it, even if she has to kick some bunny butt!

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