Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova is another graphic novel that I selected to see if I could offer the kids an alternative reading experience. I liked this novel, it’s 210 pages and had a good moral to the story. Basically we have a student, Peppi, again who is starting at a new school and has all the same concerns the “new kid” always has….making friends and “the right kind of friend”. On the first day of school she bumps into the nerdy kid, Jaime, and is more concerned with what the means kids think and does not display a very friendly demeanor to Jaime. She immediately regrets her behavior, but it takes her sometime to make amends. The basic lesson in the book is two fold, friendship and working together. Both Peppi and Jaime learn about friendship in this novel. This book tackles bullying, mean kids, smart kids, competition and bad sportsmanship all in a very clear and understandable manner. My daughter will definitely be reading this book. I would like to make this a book club book but it is a quick read. I might just make this a one class book in the future.
Jaime and Peppi belong to rival clubs at school and need to learn to work together to get a table at the science fair. I think it would be a neat idea to have the kids come up with other ways the two groups could have worked together to benefit the school other than the idea they came up with in the novel. Naturally we can also discuss all the ways the kids should have behaved differently in this novel. There was definitely some bad behavior exhibited in this school – I always like the kids to critique poor behavior as I hope that this will help them in the future when they are faced with similar scenarios.