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Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties: Frazzled, Book 3

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Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media
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Abbie overcomes Outdoor School anxiety in hilarious sequel.

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Educational Value

Kids will learn that it's normal to feel uncertainty and self-doubt.

Positive Messages

Friendship, courage, teamwork, and staying true to yourself are important themes. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone. It isn't the end of the world if you make a mistake.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Abbie learns how to step outside her comfort zone and try new things. She encourages all of the campers to work together towards the end of the book. Sydney is bold, trustworthy, and isn't afraid to speak her mind. Abbie likes that she isn't afraid to put Peter in is his place and turns to her for advice. Peter reminds Abbie that no one is perfect and comforts her when she starts to isolate herself.

Violence & Scariness

Abbie has no idea what to expect at Outdoor School and worries she might run into a bear, eat a poisonous berry, or fall off a cliff.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties, by Booki Vivat, is the third graphic novel in her hilarious and charming Frazzled series. Kids are encouraged to step outside their comfort zones and understand that it's OK to make mistakes. There are also plenty of positive messages about courage, teamwork, friendship, and staying true to yourself.

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What's the story?

Abbie Wu is finally starting to understand the ins and outs of surviving middle school. But then she finds out that she and her classmates are going to Outdoor School! Abbie knows that if she sticks to her usual group of friends the entire time that everything will be OK. But what happens when they want to do their own things and Abbie's left alone? Abbie feels like she doesn’t fit in and isn't sure how she’s going to survive this week. Will she let MINOR INCIDENTS AND ABSOLUTE UNCERTAINTIES stop her from having a good time?

Is it any good?

Kids will love the charming illustrations, relatable situations, and the sweet, sibling bonding moment in this hilarious graphic novel that continues Abbie's awkward, anxiety-filled adventures. Middle school can be scary, especially when your friends start to have other interests and it feels like you don't belong. But Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties encourages readers to step outside their comfort zones and realize that it's OK to make mistakes. As Abbie begins to embrace her time at Outdoor School, kids will understand the importance of courage, teamwork, friendship, and staying true to yourself.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about middle school novels. Why are they so popular? What others have you read? How does Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties compare?

  • Do you ever feel different or left out? When? Do you think others in your class or school feel that way? What can you do to help them feel included?

  • How do the characters demonstrate courage and teamwork? Why are these important character strength?

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