Author: Svetlana Chmakova
Recommended for: kids in grades 4-7 who like realistic graphic novels (or graphic novels in general)
Pages: 210 p.
Call Number/Link: GN J CHMAKOVA, S.
After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.
I’m not a big graphic novel fan, and read this on a young patron’s recommendation. I liked it pretty well, but will probably stick with Babymouse and Lunch Lady when I feel the urge to read a graphic novel. That said, the author gave a pretty accurate, cringeworthy picture of what middle school can be like for outsiders – whether they are new kids or lonely kids that others like to victimize. Some situations and characters are exaggerated to make more of an impact, but it still feels like middle school.
This is a good book to recommend to kids who enjoyed Smile and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier.