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Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom: Frazzled, Book 1

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Girl conquers middle school worries in fun graphic novel.

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A winningly neurotic heroine, charming artwork, and a message about learning to take risks make this story about conquering middle school worries a fun read for anyone feeling stuck in "the Middles." Booki Vivat's debut, Frazzled, is a fresh and funny standout in the crowded field of graphic novels about the awkwardness of middle school.

Abbie is an especially sensitive tween, and Vivat portrays her tendency to be overly dramatic with good-natured humor. Plentiful black-and-white illustrations show Abbie's runaway imagination: A tidal wave of back-to-school paperwork looms over her at the beach, her mother traps her in a bakery display case to talk about school, and her friends drift away from her, suspended from balloons. Honest, chatty Abbie is a perfect ally for kids trying to find their own way through the Middles.

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