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Be Prepared
Be Prepared | Vera Brosgol
42 posts | 57 read | 27 to read
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!
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Andrea313
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Who else has worn out purses and bags from years of carrying heavy books around *just in case*? #readerproblems #itme

kspenmoll Me!!! 4w
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Oblomov26 Truth 4mo
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Shley9225
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Read this because the art style was SO CUTE 😍. The story was also very cute, and as this was a graphic novel, a very short read. I finished it in one sitting. While I‘ve always loved going to camp, I was still able to empathize with Vera‘s struggles throughout the story and rooted for her to make good decisions in the end.

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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As someone who had both awful and amazing summer camp experiences, I could definitely relate to Vera - her excitement, her disappointment, her eventual resetting of expectations. Love the artwork!

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Brie
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Fantastic art once again, in shades of green, yellow, and brown. This comic brought back memories of mine from Girl Scout camp, both good and bad. Young Vera thinks summer camp will be a blast, but the older girls are mean to her, there‘s no candy allowed, and she has to use latrines! As the four weeks of camp go by, Vera learns a lot about herself and friendship.

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JacintaMCarter
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#2019Book44
As someone who hated the two days of summer camp I managed to suffer through, I found a kindred spirit in the author/illustrator of this graphic novel. If camp and attempting to make new friends have never really been your favorite things, then definitely check out this book.

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saresmoore
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Life is good.

britt_brooke Perfect! 💚 8mo
BarbaraBB Fab pic! 8mo
Cathythoughts Love this 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
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Branwen She looks so comfy! 📚 💗 8mo
valeriegeary ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
Moray_Reads What a perfect reading chair 8mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads It is fabulous! I curl up in it every morning and it is the best part of my day. 8mo
kspenmoll So cozy! 8mo
batsy ❤️❤️ 8mo
LeahBergen What a gorgeous photo. She‘s getting bigger! 😩 8mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen I just had to get her a bigger size of Saltwater sandals. She‘s growing and maturing so much. 🥺 And don‘t even get me started on her sister, Miss Tween. 🙄 The next six years of my life are going to be an adventure! 8mo
Suet624 Adorable. You are blessed. 💕💕 8mo
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JHgotham
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Got this graphic novel from the library. It‘s a true story about a camp for Russian-American girls that the author attended. Except it‘s not like she planned as she deals with Mean-girls, and the general “outside stuff” camping entails. Sounds like a good children‘s graphic novel about fitting in and acceptance when all you feel like is an outsider.

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4thhouseontheleft
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Just the two of us tonight, so it‘s a #bookanddinner Meatless Monday kind of night! Tagged Maya‘s book, which she is reading for the 50th or so time. 😂😂

On the plate: sweet potato, black bean and goat cheese quesadilla with salad. (Can you call it a salad if it‘s only lettuce and dressing?) 🧐

PacingTheCage I say yes! 12mo
LeahBergen It‘s a salad to me. 😆 12mo
CoffeeNBooks That quesadilla sounds amazing! I'm going to have to make that! 12mo
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cathysaid I consider a Bloody Mary a salad because...celery. Definitions can be so narrowly applied. 💁‍♀️ 12mo
Lcsmcat My mother called that a “honeymoon salad.” (Lettuce alone. Say it out loud.) 12mo
aprilpohren Yum!!! 12mo
4thhouseontheleft @PacingTheCage @LeahBergen Glad others agree! @CoffeeNBooks It‘s my favorite type of quesadilla! I cook the sweet potato first, and sometimes add in kale. @cathysaid 😂😂 @Lcsmcat I love that! 😂😂😂 12mo
Tamra @cathysaid 😂 12mo
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ErikaB
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Part three of my #18in2018. (I‘m done now, I promise.)

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AlizaApp
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I loved camp, so I did not fully identify with this protagonist. But so charming!

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Super cute graphic novel about a girl who feels like she doesn‘t belong because of her family background, so she goes to a summer camp where everyone should be the same as her. Of course she discovers this is not enough to fit in. But she does have some adventures.

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beachbookworm7
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Mehso-so

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Rating: 3/5 ⭐️
Checkout my review (link in bio) of this cute middle-grade graphic novel that has some of the cutest art I‘ve ever seen.

#lovereading #bookish #booklove #readstagram #vscocam #totalbooknerd #yabooks #yalit #bookishthings #reader #bookstagramfeature #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #readmore #bookishfeatures #bookphotography #bookstagram #bookworm #bookaholic #beprepared #verabrosgol #middlegrade

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LouBeth
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"If you're bitten by a wild animal, please go see a doctor and not a kid." #LifeLessons ?

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GatheringBooks
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#NoFemmeber Day 13: #SheWill be prepared for Russian camp! Being the youngest girl in her tweener camp, Vera used her skills as an artist to gain friends, as can be seen in the image above. However, her attempts backfired, as she found herself changing into someone she didn‘t really like all that much. Named by Mariko Tamaki during the Singapore Writers Festival as one of the best MG novels this year. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-iYK

Cinfhen Thanks for sharing...I need to find a GN & a MS book for next year‘s reading challenges #Booked2019 1y
Billypar Looks great- certainly no manual for preparing a pre-teen to gain social acceptance, unfortunately ☺️ 1y
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen i will definitely recommend this one. pretty awesome read. 1y
GatheringBooks @Billypar very true. perhaps we should write one! 🧚🏼‍♀️😂😭💕📚 1y
Billypar Ha- if I were drawing from my experiences in my teen years, it would be full of 'what not to do' examples 😂 1y
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JillPill
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This was a really cute book all about fitting in and how hard that can be

#BePrepared #Vera

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hwestfall
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This is an adorable middle grade graphic novel. The illustrations were amazing and I think everyone would be able to relate to the main character, Vera. I will be passing this along to my kids.

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biblio_ginger
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Grand Rapids Michigan haul!!! Went on an awesome day trip with two of my lovely sisters! They both got piercings like the pros they are and I felt blessed and excited to be with them! Plus look at all my loot! We went to #vaultofmidnight #booksandmortar and you know we did some thrift shopping! 😎 I've been wanting this Chipmunks album since I was a kid!

JoScho That pin!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
biblio_ginger @JoScho isn't she cute! 😄 It's made by Oh Hello Stationary! 1y
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GirlNamedJesse
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Fantastic fictionalized memoir of an awful summer at Russian summer camp for the middle grade crowd. As someone who hated camp, I relate strongly with Vera! This was like stepping into a time capsule. ⛺️

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GirlNamedJesse
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Home with a sick kid = time to finally start this one. I loved her first graphic novel, and her picture book. I‘m excited to see how this one measures up.

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4thhouseontheleft
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Maya has been at Green River Preserve, a sleepaway camp in the NC mountains since July 22! This photo popped up on their FB post last night, and it gave me ALL.THE.FEELS. ✨💞

They had just returned from a 3-day backcountry camping trip, I am not surprised that one of the first things she did after arriving back at the cabins was to grab the graphic novel I recently mailed to her in a care package! 💚📚⛺️

She comes home on Friday. 😃

scripturient Awwww! 😍😍😍 1y
Kalalalatja Amazing 😍 1y
tammysue Lovely! 💜 1y
tracey38 Love it! 1y
LeahBergen 💕💕💕 1y
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Bookgoil
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Books finished today for #24in48 include 8 graphic novels and one short story novel collection. I also finished my current audiobook - The Girl Who Saved Christmas and read over 11 hours!! About to start another novel but probably won‘t last the hour. Happy reading everyone and see you in the morning!

kgriffith And now I have the song from The Lion King in my head 😂 2y
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Runawaylibrarian
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If you‘ve ever been to sleepaway camp, you can relate to at least some of the experiences here. Brosgol does an excellent job of highlighting the good, the bad and the ugly. Loved this one, and kids are going to love it, too.

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cuethelibrarian
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Adored this book 💚 Loved how the story was about the author‘s own experiences at summer camp. Definitely one of the best summer reads!

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Purplerosiepage
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Loved this charming graphic novel. Mostly appropriate for all ages.

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libraryvixen
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I read this book solely on cover and a spurt of some of my favorite graphic novelists having this ARC in their pictures.
I knew nothing except it was about camp. What I got was a little bit of my adolescent self: raised by immigrant parents, not fitting in socially or economically with my peers and the longing to be like everyone else.
This GN was charming and heartfelt. Vera's journey was a pleasure to follow!

cuethelibrarian 💚 My feelings EXACTLY! 2y
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ambam1987
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Loved this graphic novel- it‘s the perfect summer camp read.

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balletbookworm
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Very sweet autobiographical graphic novel about an immigrant girl who wants nothing more than to go to sleep-away summer camp like her more privileged friends. And when she finds a way go, which is Russian camp partially subsidized by the Orthodox Church, it turns out that camp is perhaps not all that it‘s purported to be. Loved the art style and minimal color palette.

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forevermint
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Went hiking over the weekend and brought this graphic novel with me ^^ it was a fun read about a little girl named Vera who just wanted to go to camp like the other kids because she felt left out. She goes to Russian camp with her little brother where they learn about their culture and the history of their people. Vera not only learns more about her heritage but also how to make friends and enjoy herself despite the new and scary environment.

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lowellette
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Loved this one! My 8YO son has read this 3x in the past 48 hrs as well. Funny and heartbreaking with charming illustrations.

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BookMama789
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Reading Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol in preparation for camping this weekend with 12 Girl Scouts!

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Onceuponatime
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It‘s a graphic novel kind of day. Today‘s reads, all 👍🏼!

LiteraryinLititz I love both of the ones by Victoria Jamieson!! 2y
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JenHiga
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Lovely new books! #bookhaul #bookmail #graphicnovel Can‘t wait to get started on these!

Bookspirit 👋 Welcome to Litsy and Congrats on becoming a Litten 👏☺ 2y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 2y
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ErikaB
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I always have a hard time deciding what to choose for #freecomicbookday but I'm pretty happy with my pick! I'm very excited to read these snippets from some great looking graphic novels, especially "Be Prepared". I actually had time to browse the shop (Paper Escape in Dixon, Illinois) this year and I found the discount boxes in the back and...

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Had a chance to sneak this one in while daughter was doing stage crew stuff. Brosgol—author of Anya‘s Ghost & Leave Me Alone!—tackles summer camp in her latest. Vera is desperate to go, like everyone else in her neighborhood, but when she finally does, it‘s not the idyllic vacation she thought it would be. There are mean older girls, outhouses & bugs. Lots & lots of bugs. It takes time but Vera gets over her fears & even makes some friends.

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LaceyDoesLit
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Check out my latest #graphicnovelreview at LaceyDoesLit.com! #graphicnovel #reading #reader #arc #bookish #advancecopy #

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Bibliogeekery
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Family trip to New York City airport lounge reading material!

JoScho Have fun!! 2y
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Schlinkles
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❤️❤️❤️ I love the art in this. Little Vera is super cute. Also, it makes me feel better to know that other kids hated camp too.

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Schlinkles
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Super excited to receive this advance finished copy from the fine folks at :01 and also found out that Vera will be at a conference I‘m attending in June. Just awesome.

Zelma Oh, very cool. Did she also write Anya‘s Ghost? (edited) 2y
Schlinkles @Zelma She did. 2y
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Citymouse
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This book starts with a scene about American Girl dolls that I greatly appreciated.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Cute graphic novel about a girl who has to make the most out of a bad situation.

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