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Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School) (edition 2015)

by Svetlana Chmakova (Author)

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Title:Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School)
Authors:Svetlana Chmakova (Author)
Info:Yen Press (2015), 224 pages
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Penelope has just moved to town and started at Berrybrook Middle School. Her rules for herself are: #1 Don't get noticed by the mean kids, and #2 Seek out groups with similar interests and join them. She fails right away at #1, and makes things worse when she pushes away a kid who tries to help her just because the mean kids call him a nerd. But she succeeds with #2, joining the art club after school. However, her life and Jaime's keep colliding, especially as the art club and science club clash. Peppi comes up with rule #3 for surviving middle school: Build! "Build things, build friendships, build yourself."

The art is easy to follow and the characters are diverse. Really enjoyable!

See also: Roller Girl and All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson, Drama by Raina Telgemeier ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 9, 2019 |
Enjoyable! Cute story, good art and characters, fun conflict and resolution. ( )
  emeraldreverie | Nov 15, 2018 |
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova is a graphic novel about surviving going to a new school. The first rule is not to get noticed by the mean kids. The second rule is to seek out groups with similar interests and join them. When the main character, Penelope, accidentally trips a quiet boy in the hall, the mean kids call her "nerder girlfriend." She shoves the boy she tripped and runs away. She is ashamed of how she treated him and things become awkward between them. At the end of the book, there is a third rule to follow build - "Build things. Build friendships. Build yourself" (Chmakova 210). This book sets a wonderful example for older elementary school students to follow and teach them to get along with people and have positive thoughts about themselves and others.
  JoanEChasse | Jul 10, 2018 |
When arriving as the new student in school, Penelope is already starting to get bullied. She begins to be called the girlfriend of Jamie is also often picked on at times. This then makes Penelope become mean to Jamie. After awhile she feels terrible about the way she has been treating Jamie. In order to find some happiness, Penelope joins the art club. One awkward thing about this, is that the art club’s rival is the science club which is Jamie’s club. This book makes the reason continue to think what will happen to the friendship of Jamie and Penelope. This book would be great for students in third through fifth grade. This book can be used with a writing activity. This book can get the students thinking about their first day of school. These students can then write letters to younger students giving them helpful tips on how to survive school and bullies. ( )
  LyndsayGagner | Apr 23, 2018 |
Penelope is a new student who is taunted by the bullies in school. She is considered a nerd and said to be the girlfriend of Jaime who too is often picked on. She is mean to Jaime because of this and she feels bad after a while but is to ashamed to apologize. Peppi joins the art club and makes friends at school only to find out that the art club's rivals are the science club which Jaime is a part of. The students Peppi and Jaimi begin to bond but there is much competition for the clubs to win the School Club Fair.
This book can be relatable for many students who are considered outcasts. ( )
  MiriamHailey | Apr 20, 2018 |
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Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids.

Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can't help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he's a member of her own club's archrivals--the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:14:28 -0400)

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.

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