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Be prepared /

by Brosgol, Vera [author,]; Longstreth, Alec [colourist.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : First Second, 2018.Edition: First edition.Description: 244 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781626724440; 162672444X.Subject(s): Russians -- United States -- Comic books, strips, etc | Russian Americans -- Comic books, strips, etc | Social acceptance -- Comic books, strips, etc | Friendship -- Comic books, strips, etc | Camps -- Youth -- Comic books, strips, etc | Brothers and sisters -- Comic books, strips, etc | Teenage girls -- Comic books, strips, etc | Camps -- Youth -- Fiction | Social acceptance -- Fiction | Russians -- United States -- Fiction | Brothers and sisters -- Fiction | Graphic novelsAwards: Horn Book Fanfare List 2019.Summary: A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tent-mates, and boys-versus-girls competitions.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>"Beautifully drawn, brutally funny, brilliantly honest. Vera is such a good cartoonist I almost can't stand it." --Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile </p> <p>In Be Prepared , all Vera wants to do is fit in--but that's not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera's single mother can't afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range--Russian summer camp.</p> <p>Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!</p>

A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tent-mates, and boys-versus-girls competitions.

Horn Book Fanfare List 2019.

Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning MG 2.6 1.0 195472.

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Horn Book Review

This book is a true story. And also made up. Brosgols (Anyas Ghost, rev. 7/11; Leave Me Alone, rev. 9/16) fictionalized graphic memoir captures the ups and downs (lets be honestmostly downs) of a stint at a Russian Orthodox summer camp. Feeling like an outsider at school, Russian American preteen Vera is initially thrilled to attend camp with other Russian kids. Once there, however, she struggles to adjust to the strict rules, lack of modern electricity and plumbing, and drama involving her significantly older tentmates. The storys visual narrative, exposition, and dialogue are in balance as inky illustrations fill smartly placed panels. The tone is accessible, vulnerable, and hilariously kid-centric (there are plenty of potty references). Angle brackets in the speech bubbles indicate dialogue spoken in Russian, and untranslated words and signs build atmosphere. A monochromatic palette using shades of army green reinforces the natural setting, and a cliffhanger ending leaves the door open for a sequel. Gaps between fiction and reality are clarified in an authors note, which also includes primary documents: real-life photographs and a letter written by Vera to her mom (Love, and homesick and crying, Vera. P.S. My stomach hurts every night. It does right now, too). The story, both culturally specific and universal, is a welcome addition to the growing canon of comics by talented women cartoonists (Raina Telgemeier, Tillie Walden, Zeina Abirached, Cece Bell, and many others) based on their own lives. elisa gall (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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