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Middle School Confidential 3: What's Up with My Family?

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Great graphic novel helps tweens love the family they have.

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Tweens and teens will be drawn to the easy-to-read graphic-novel style, and most will find at least one family relationship relatable. The watercolor illustrations are lovely but "cool" enough to be inviting to a tween audience. There's no option to have the text read aloud, which may limit the enjoyment of kids with special needs, but sound effects add to the mood of the stories, giving insight into characters' feelings.

The takeaway message is that no one's perfect -- not certain family type, not parents, not kids -- but that we can all work on getting along better with those we love. The characters are diverse, as are the family types -- from single-parent families and blended families to large, extended families and two-parent families -- which may help kids accept their own families, whatever they may be like, as "normal."

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