Thursday, May 25, 2017


Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

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It’s the first day of school and Peppi is nervous because she is starting at a new school.  She is so nervous she accidently bumps into a boy named Jamie and she knocks all his paper onto the floor.  To be polite she tries to help him pick up the mess but all she does is make it worse.  After a while Peppi begins to find her way and she joins the Art Club.  The Art Club is forever at odds with the Science Club.  The kids in these clubs do NOT get along.  The only problem with Peppi’s new school is that she is horrible at science and her science teacher assigns a tutor to her to help improve her grades.  Unfortunately, her tutor is Jamie, the same boy she bumped into on the first day of school.  Not only is Jamie her tutor but Jamie is a member of the Science Club.  To make matters even worse...Peppi and Jamie become friends.  UGH!  Peppi has become friends with a member of the ENEMY!  This book is so much fun.  I don’t read many graphic novels but this is what a good graphic novel looks like.  It’s a good story, it’s well told, and the images are great.  More importantly it is a book that takes place in middle school and it really gives a good idea of what a typical middle school with typical kids looks like.  What’s not to love?  To learn more about books by Svetlana Chmakova visit  

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