Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Graphic Novel - 2018 | First edition
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A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tentmates, and boys-versus-girls competitions.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781626724457
Characteristics: 244 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Longstreth, Alec - Colorist


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May 12, 2018

I am new to the graphic novel genre; I was pleased enough with the writing and illustrating that I am going to read other such books by this author. I found the included history of Russian scouting and the efforts of immigrants to preserve their heritage very interesting.

JCLAndrewE May 02, 2018

If you went to summer camp you likely had 1 of 2 experiences. Good or Ugly. This penetrating graphic memoir does a fantastic job of capturing both of them. Written for a younger audience, this book is easily accessible to all ages, especially those who've ever found themselves alone in a sea of indifferent peers and fake friends, but found strength in themselves and in the power of friendship.

LPL_KarenA Apr 30, 2018

Canoeing, singing, color wars, capture the flag! What could be more exciting than spending the summer at camp? Vera is ready to have her first camping experience and make new friends, but realizes it's just as hard to make friends at camp as it is at home. Even though she's among other kids with Russian parents like herself, she finds the best way to have fun and make friends is to just be herself. A great read for fans of Raina Telgemeier, Jennifer Holm, and Victoria Jamieson.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2018

This is a top-notch rendering of a slice of Brosgol's life, trying to fit in with peers when she was nine, stuck between two cultures as an immigrant. Not quite clicking with her wealthier friends at home, she decides to try a camp for Russian youth she learned about at her Orthodox church. Things there are no better. Nevertheless, she eventually finds it in herself to make the best of things and ends on a slight triumphant note. The art is expressive, emotive, and evocatively sensory. The storytelling takes a particular, individual experience and creates from it moments and feelings that all readers will be able to identify with. Trying to get along with others can be brutal, as this story sometimes gets, but there is also humor and hope and the awareness that none of us are alone in our plights. And that makes the book a joy.


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