Frazzled by Booki Vivat

I saw this book on a list of graphic novels for kids put out by Common Sense Media. It’s all about middle school, so I thought Miss Adventure would enjoy the book (even if she doesn’t go off to public school).

Subtitle: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade graphic novel fiction

Length: 219 pages

Setting: a generic city (although it felt like California to me), present day

Summary: Abbie Wu is entering middle school and she’s very worried about it. She doesn’t know where she fits in her family or in the school because she hasn’t found her thing yet. She thinks she’s found her thing when she organizes a lunch swap to get around lack of option in the cafeteria, but the teachers put a stop to that. Even so, she’s starting to become more comfortable in middle school and realizes it isn’t as horrible as she was afraid it might be.

Final thoughts: This isn’t a traditional graphic novel with panels on a page. Instead, the story is accentuated with graphic texts and illustrations of Abbie’s life. It certainly fits the mood of the book. Abby is quite emotional and the crazy graphics within the story reflect Abby’s mental state. This is a perfect book for someone worried about middle school or having a hard time coping with their emotions. Abby’s a middle child, and she’s trying to find her place in the school and her family. She’s also Asian, which isn’t a major plot point but does provide a chance for diversity in children’s literature.

Title comes from: It’s how Abbie feels all the time – frazzled!

Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this was too short

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