Monday, September 4, 2017
The Daily Booktalk: Middle Grade Monday: Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova. 248 p. Yen Press, May, 2017. 9780316363174. (Review from finished copy borrowed from public library).
Earlier this summer, I came across Awkward by this author and liked it enough to checkout its sequel of sorts, more a companion graphic novel, Brave.
Brave is Jensen's story. He's the chubby outcast in the art club, the one who is obsessed with sun spots and teased mercilessly about it. Jensen is a hero in his own mind but he's just starting to get an inkling that the friends he thinks he has just aren't. He thought he belonged in art club, but he's teased mercilessly. He's always daydreaming so he misses important parts of lessons, especially math. He's never picked when partners need to be chosen for project, so when the dynamic duo who run the school newspaper seem to need him, he's like a puppy dog.
This installment of stories from Berrybrook Middle School is even better than the first! Jensen is such an endearing character! The middle school dialogue and drama ring true. I just know these won't sit on the shelf at my library for long. (I've ordered them.) I hope there are more books coming from Berrybrook Middle School!