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"In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different--math is hard, getting along with friends is hard... Even finding a partner for the class project is a big problem when you always get picked last. And the pressure's on even more once the school newspaper's dynamic duo, Jenny and Akilah, draw Jensen into the whirlwind of school news, social experiment projects, and behind-the-scenes club drama. Jensen's always played the middle school game one level at a time, but suddenly, someone's cranked up the difficulty setting. Will those daring daydreams of his finally work in his favor, or will he have to find real solutions to his real life problems?"--From publisher.
Publisher: New York : Yen Press, ©2017.
Edition: First Yen Press edition.
ISBN: 9780316363174
Characteristics: 238 pages :,chiefly color illustrations ;,21 cm.


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samcmar Dec 20, 2017

This is a wonderful graphic novel that looks at Jensen, a kid who is unknown by his classmates, feels very invisible, and is often bullied when he is noticed. This story looks at standing up for one's self and being brave when situations arise for it. It's a great story that teaches kids about friendship, differences, and how we can all be inclusive to each other. A very touching read!

forbesrachel Jul 26, 2017

In Brave, Chmakova returns to Berrybrook Middle School to tell us the story of the affable Jensen, as well as that of other characters, both new and returning. Jensen always has his head in the clouds, and this makes it difficult for him to fit in at school. His personality and appearance make him the target of both intentional and unintentional bullying, which only makes it even harder for him to speak to others and voice his thoughts. And yet, Jensen is also conscientious, cautious, and caring. He thinks of others, sees their hurts, tries to be prepared, and wants to save everyone (especially from dangerous sunspots!). It is his desire to help that ultimately propels Brave's story forward. For, as he does so, he winds up working with the newspaper club, making better friends, and overcoming some of his own insecurities. Most importantly, by talking to others, this young man comes to realize that he was being bullied, and eventually starts to bring about social change, brick by brick, together with his classmates. Chmakova once again has made a smart and moving graphic novel for the middle grade audience that conveys their anxieties, and offers guidance and hope for dealing with them. Her art, with its manga inspiration and pale colours, not only helps to portray her story and themes, but it also successfully lets us share in the inner thoughts and feelings of this young man (school can definitely feel like a video game level sometimes).

Jul 09, 2017

Wonderful book! Really speaks to the middle school crowd.....

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Nov 01, 2017

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