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Truly Tyler: Emmie & Friends, Book 5

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fast-paced graphic novel tackles bullying and peer pressure.

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Terri Libenson has once again created a fast-paced and entertaining graphic novel that tackles middle school drama. Libenson is known for using alternating chapters with different formats -- prose with sketches and comic-style panels -- to tell the story. But she also tells a story within the story by interspersing pages of Tyler and Emmie's project throughout the book. Libenson has also included a boy's perspective for the first time, which shows that boys also deal with bullying, peer pressure, and friendship issues in middle school. Many readers will likely relate to Tyler's struggle to balance two different interests and Emmie's concern about her looks and popularity. And while Truly Truly has a predictable ending, it has important lessons for tweens about friendship, communication, and staying true to yourself.

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