New York : Yen Press, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 3.3
|| Booktalk #1
Peppi Torres knows that her first day as a “new kid” in middle school is going to be difficult, but when she starts out by tripping into a not-so-popular boy, and then getting teased about being his “nerder girlfriend”, it becomes downright AWKWARD.
Peppi tries to manage the crisis by:
* pushing away any of the boy’s attempts at friendship to make sure no one thinks she “likes” him, and
* joining the art club, to get to know kids who like the same things she does.
But, she’s feeling guilty about being mean to someone who was just trying to be nice to her, and her beloved art club is being threatened with closure due to a “prank” they pulled on their rivals, the science club. Will Peppi’s first year at Berrybrook Middle School end as awkwardly as it began, or will she figure out a way to smooth things out?
Once you start reading Awkward, you won’t want to put it down until you find out! (Booktalk by Great Stone Face Award Committee, 2017)
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! (Vermont
DCF Book Award 2017)
Going to a new school can be difficult. Going to a new middle school can be even harder. Join Peppi in this graphic novel as she gives insights into surviving middle school and also how to bounce back from those mistakes we make. After all, middle school can be rather…awkward. (Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award 2017-2018)
|SUBJECTS: Clubs -- Fiction.
Middle schools -- Fiction.
Popularity -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.