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Brave
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different - math is hard, getting along with friends is hard...Even finding a partner for the class project is a big problem when you always get picked last. And the pressure's on even more once the school newspaper's dynamic duo, Jenny and Akilah, draw Jensen into the whirlwind of school news, social experiment projects, and behind-the-scenes club drama. Jensen's always played the middle school game one level at a time, but suddenly, someone's cranked up the difficulty setting. Will those daring daydreams of his finally work in his favor, or will he have to find real solutions to his real life problems? The charming world of Berrybrook Middle School gets a little bigger in this highly anticipated follow up to Svetlana Chmakova's award winning Awkward with a story about a boy who learns his own way of being Brave!
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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I did not enjoy the first half of this book AT ALL, but the ending made it worth it. It manages to touch upon a lot, but the key themes include what it means to be brave, recognizing bullying, and changing cultural norms (like the culture in your school). #bbrc #teenangst #middleofaseries

Sarahreadstoomuch Third book I‘ve read for this challenge with “Brave” in the title. Is my subconscious trying to tell me something? 4mo
LibrarianRyan I‘ve read others in this series but not this one. 4mo
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thebookishtype15
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I'm a huge fan of this series and the messages it brings to kids. Although, it seemed more like high school in this one. I love the diverse cast of characters and the artwork is amazing!

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JoyNorstrom
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Yay! Another reader in the family! So thankful for graphic novels that worked like magic for both my daughter‘s. This youngest one whizzed through #Awkward and is rather enjoying #Brave. What more could a book loving mother ask for?

charl08 I would have killed to have been able to read in the car at her age! Lucky thing... 10mo
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AmberWB
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Had to take the day off today to wait on a plumber (good times!), so I am finally getting the chance to catch up. I miss you guys! 😊
I think this one would be fine for late elementary to early middle school kids, but not so much for me. The message was good and important, but a little to young for me. Usually when I read YA younger books, I am still thoroughly entertained, so I was surprised that wasn‘t the case with this one.

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WanderingBookaneer
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Ddzmini
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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@TheFunkyBookworm #YAWednesday then there is this Author she has several graphic books that are great 😋📖

TheFunkyBookworm This sounds perfect! 1y
Peddler410 Book three is out — 10mo
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K-star
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Awesome book, think all 10-14 yr olds should have this book at the top of their reading lists!

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tjwill
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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I believe all middle school kids should read this! It addresses bullying, including being left out and being teased by friends, dress code unfairness, dreams for the future, and navigating middle school as if it is a real-life video game. I think all tweens/young teens could relate to the issues in this graphic novel. It is a fast, fun, and thought-provoking book!

zembla I‘ll have to check this one out! I adored Chmakova‘s other book: 1y
K-star Have you read Crush yet? 1y
tjwill @K-star No, but it looks like it will be a good one too. Have you? 1y
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Deborah42
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Jensen loves to draw and dreams of being an astronaut, despite the fact that he sucks at math. He gets through his day in middle school by treating it like a video game with levels and bosses to beat. He mostly manages to avoid his two biggest tormentors, but it takes him a while to realize that he‘s also being bullied by people who he considers friends.

His quest to be seen and included is very sweet.

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tjwill
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Scholastic #bookfair at school this week! I just got a few for my #classroomlibrary and one each for my own kids. #teachersoflitsy

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erinreads I miss the Scholastic book fair! 2y
tjwill @erinreads It is so fun to look around, even as an adult! 2y
tjwill @Eggs I‘ve heard so many good things, and I love novels in verse! 2y
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Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Super cute. I have to say I think I liked this more than Awkward. My son has been waiting for me to finish, so I'm passing it on now!

readinginthedark Sounds fun! 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Middle school is not easy—I say that as someone who went through it (ha,) & as someone with two kids mired in it (& facing some of the same challenges in the story)—& this book deals with a particularly difficult aspect...bullying. Jensen is odd man out because of his size, glasses, & daydreaming about Mars. If he can find the courage to stand up for himself, no easy thing, maybe, just maybe, things will change. Great for readers of all ages.

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TracyReadsBooks
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Time for a “I‘m about to go on a trip and don‘t want to start something I won‘t finish before I go” book. So, Brave, the sequel to Awkward, it is. The first book was a fun read and I expect this one will be as well. And when I finish, I can get down to the difficult task of picking which two books I want to take with on an overnight trip.

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quietjenn
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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This week, y'all! But, it's almost over, there's a the day weekend and this cuteness arrived today.

Librariana Such, SUCH a good book. It's tender in all the right parts and it pulls at your heart strings. I loved getting to know more of Awkward's characters better 💙💜💚 2y
quietjenn @Librariana it was so terrific. I love these characters and am so glad she's doing another. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Behold #TrickyCat 's majestically furry belly! 😻 #CatsOfLitsy

Bookzombie 💕🐱 2y
Nerdfins I see feetsies too! 💕 2y
SoniaC Beautiful kitty. Hey I have a friend trying to get items to her family there. Any way this might be possible? 2y
WanderingBookaneer @SoniaC : Tell her to check if the post office that delivers to her family is open and if it is, tell her to ask her family if they have a way of picking the parcel up. Post offices are not delivering and, because of the gasoline crisis, sone people are not venturing too far from home. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Behold #TrickyCat 's magestically furry belly! 😻 #CatsOfLitsy

LauraBrook Any word on when you will have power back? Soon? 🤞🏼 2y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 2y
WanderingBookaneer @LauraBrook : 5% of the nation has electricity. This is 11 days after the hurricane. We had got up to 5% earlier this week, but the infrastructure was so weak it did not support it and the system collapsed. We are honestly thinking it will be around six months before we get electricity in our home. 2y
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Laalaleighh Is there anything that we can do to help. I want to donate but I read thT ARC doesn‘t know where their money goes. Any charities locally that would be better? Anything we can do at all? I‘m so sorry that you are having to experience all this. 2y
ApoptyGina69 Agreed @Laalaleighh! I want to do something, but how to help directly? I remember during Katrina, they needed money, not stuff. I had a friend in the area who needed clothing and we sent it. Are $$ donations the way to go? 2y
WanderingBookaneer @Laalaleighh & @ApoptyGina69 : I recommend against sending donations unless it is to a specific person whose post office is open and who has gas to get there. Other donations are withering in the ports because of the diesel situation.As for donations, I am recommending Foundation for Puerto Rico, a local non-profit, who is trying to jumpstart the economy by providing micro-loans to small businesses. I will see who else I can suggest. (edited) 2y
Laalaleighh @WanderingBookaneer that‘s good to know! If you have any other organizations please let me know! I have a lot of friends trying to figure out the best way to help as well. 2y
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Librariana
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Ashley_Nicoletto Your bullet journal is so aesthetically pleasing. 😍😍 (edited) 2y
Librariana You're very sweet, @Ashley_Nicoletto 😊💜 Now I just need to get to reading so I can start shading in some titles 😄 2y
moranadatter Pretty! Love the washi tape. 2y
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WhatDeeReads Very pretty! 2y
Serotonin You have very lovely and neat handwriting 2y
CouronneDhiver Beautiful! 2y
Kimberlone Handwriting envy! 2y
Gezemice So pretty! Mine is a mess. I can't write a sentence without crossing stuff out. 2y
Librariana @CouronneDhiver @Gezemice @Kimberlone @moranadatter @Serotonin @WhatDeeReads - Thank you all very much for leaving your supportive feedback 😊 Your kind words warm my heart and humble me 💜 Please know that I always share in hopes this might spark some creative ideas for others and am open to suggestions on improving! I'm constantly looking for ways to track my reading 😁 2y
Kimberlone @Librariana definitely giving me inspiration to start book journaling more! 2y
DivineDiana You're an artist 👨‍🎤! 2y
SilversReviews That is a gorgeous, perfect chart. Wow!! 2y
Librariana @DivineDiana - and you're a sweetheart of an angel for complimenting me like that. Thank you! You humble me 💙 2y
Librariana @SilversReviews - 😊😊😊😊 all the blushy, smiley emojis! 2y
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Nafiza
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Do your child a favour. Get this graphic novel for them. It is so beautifully written and constructed. The author deals with heavy topics such as bullying with a lot of heart and sensitivity. Awkward, the first one in this series, is just as brilliant.

5☆

#graphicnovel

rebecca_lib Loved awkward, thanks for the tip that this is out! 2y
Nafiza @rebecca_lib No problems! 2y
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Lindy
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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"And in less dire news—
We have snagged exclusive footage of Mrs Rashad crushing Mr Aaronson in a push-up competition!"

(I love that this school's gym teacher wears a hijab. Mr Aaronson teaches geography, btw.)

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Lindy
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Jensen gets through each day at middle school by treating it like a video game, fraught with dangers. This charming #graphicnovel is chock full of diverse characters and deals well with the issue of bullying. It even made me cry! Creator Chmakova immigrated to Canada when she was a teen; she knows what being an outsider feels like. #kidlit

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Lindy
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Nice intertextuality in this middle grade graphic novel. 😀

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Chelsibno
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Just as great as Awkward! Maybe even better! By thinking of middle school as a video game, Jensen is able to survive each day. When the school's newspaper crew enlist Jensen's help, Jensen's outlook on the school's culture will change. Like Awkward, the cast of characters in Brave are so diverse! I loved how this #graphicnovel portrayed the issue of bullying, making it clear that verbal bullying is still bullying even if it's coming from friends.

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alibrarianslibrary
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Well this was a lovely middle grade story about friendship, bullying, and changing to world (or at least your school)! Great choice for upper elementary and middle school readers! #24in48 #readathon

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alibrarianslibrary
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I love seeing characters fangirl just as hard as I do! ❤ #24in48 #readathon

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mcummings206
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Loved this! Bully culture feeds into so many people's lives. Jensen starts out being the outcast who people make jokes about. He daydreams a lot, loves to draw and has no idea he is being bullied. That all changes though, and Jensen's video game school survival technique doesn't work anymore. This book takes a tough topic and brings it to the forefront in a very gentle way. Brick by action brick we can change bully culture.

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brownekr
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"I'm just going to run in the library to pick up a movie," I said.

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Teenreadsdotcom
Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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🌟#GIVEAWAY 🌟 Do you love ❤️ #graphicnovels? If so, we have a great giveaway going on our other site, Kidsreads.com, for 35 copies of #Brave by @svetlana.chmakova! The giveaway ends June 1st at noon EST!

http://www.kidsreads.com/features/feature-and-contest/brave#c...

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mdemanatee
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I mean, this was what everyone got from The Martian right? P.S. to those I have seen tag other books in the comments...how?

DebinHawaii When you click on the comment 'bubble' right below where you type it in is a flag & a skull. The flag lets you select a book and the skull & crossbones is if your comment has a spoiler. Hope that makes sense! 😀👍 3y
mdemanatee Thanks @DebinHawaii! For some reason I thought it was possible to do in the main comment too. And if it is I just haven't leveled up to there yet. Lol. 3y
DebinHawaii @mdemanatee It seems you have to commit to the book you select in the main comment & can't add others there unfortunately😆 (at least as far as I know!) 3y
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mdemanatee
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Into the sea ❤️A friend and I are utterly charmed by these MG graphic novels (first one Awkward). There may have been some squees over plot points earlier.