35 If you can t use your sports skills to win and have to resort to verbal abuse and insults on my field GET OFF MY FIELD Middle school is hard Being a new teenager is hard But this is asy An A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, easy to readasy to understand graphic novel that covers a lot of issues Boys girls non binary one mention The Shadow Reader extroverts and shy kids sports jocks and bookish nerds big guys and little kids popular kids and loners pale medium dark kids blondes brunettes redheads headscarf And names from around the globe Jorge Ruiz our hero Olivia This is third in a series that is only very lightly related None of them rely on any of the others so they canasily be read in any order I do highly recommend reading them all in whatever order you chooseChmakova knocked this one out of the park
too which is no surprise again the characters Which is no surprise Again the characters leap off the page and the I just re read my review of Awkward and many of the same sentiments abound with this the third in the series The artwork is outstanding the charming story is relatable and had my leven year old not swiped this from me before I read it I d have known she would love it This is middle
"school done well Everything is accounted for cliues athletics clubs the obligatory school dance bullies shy kids kids longing to be "done well Everything is accounted for cliues athletics clubs the obligatory school dance bullies shy kids kids longing to be the it crowd loyal friends bad decisions gossip drama and of course crushes The addition of strong female characters who stand up for themselves and others texting intentional misrepresentation of others online and body autonomy make current this timeless story Add in a lovable main character with the gift of charity and forgiveness and this is a winner amongst current middle schoolersThe last few pages give a peek inside the long process of creating a single panel for A GRAPHIC NOVEL A LABOR OF graphic novel a labor of for which this talented author is uite suited She offers kids a vision of how she does what she does in a way that is positive and xudes nthusiasm and respect for the craft Congratulations to the author on the birth of her baby 45 stars I ordered this months ago and then forgot about it until I got the notice that it had shipped Though I love all of Svetlana Chmakova s work my interest pales beside that of my daughter whose mild reading disability translates to her being comfortable with audiobooks and graphic novels So I left it on her computer and texted her at work to say she had a surpriseand her reaction was gratifyingThis series is brilliant in Following the overwhelming success of AWKWARD and BRAVE Svetlana Chmakova's award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment CRUSHJorge seems to have it al. Ow it captures the middle school xperience When I read Awkward I initially thought the attitudes and relationships were too mature for middle schoolers And then I started remembering my own middle school xperience I d blocked it out for being a traumatic period of confusion growing awareness of boys being bullied and basically not knowing who I was or what I wanted to be And Chmakova gets thatIn Crush the story is about Jorge s crush on Jazmine but it goes so much further than that into issues
*of body autonomy *body autonomy going along with the crowd and the horrors of gossip And all of it is done in a way that avoids being a lecture which would kill the story dead It s also a story about friendship and forgiveness Jorge is minently lovable not just for being big and conscious of using his size to protect others but because he has a clear grasp of right and wrong and never fails to act accordingly If this was a didactic story I d say he s the perfect role model but it s not and Jorge is simply the person he iswho happens to be someone any kid struggling to find his place in the world might look up toI continue to look forward to volumes in this delightful series My favorite in the series so far I heart Jorge Breaking my no star rule for this oneI absolutely loved this one just like I LOVED the other two all following deprecate characters and this are standalone novelsI whizzed through it and I blushed and felt all the cute feelsThis really feels an awful lot like a middle grade Degrassi The best parts of Degrassi but for middle school kids so it not not reach the boiling point or go THEREhaha but it definitely hits the spot Having a crush is so hard and is is doubly hard for Jorge specially since the girl he has the crush on has a boyfriendWe met Jorge in arlier books in this series but it is not necessary to read the other books as ach of them are self contained Awkward and Brave build on ach other but you can pick any of the three books up and have a wonderful time seeing the drama that is middle schoolThere are the mean boys rather than mean girls in
This Story Which Isstory which is refreshing change But the mean boys really are just as bad as any mean girls and the things they do to Jorge as a revenge are very mean spiritedThe dialogue is fun The feelings are very raw and real and the characters are typical middle grade kids who like to play video games instead of studying and who forget their homework an. L together He's big The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right enough that nobody really messes with him but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid reliable group of friends The only time hever really feels off his game is.