Brave by Svetlana Chmakova

Brave

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...

Title:Brave
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ISBN:0316363189
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:248 pages

Brave Reviews

  • Jenna
    Jun 01, 2017

    Great, and even better than Awkward. Fans of Raina Telgemeier's work will definitely enjoy this book that discusses not only bullying, but standing up for yourself and others, and finding a place where you belong. An adorable drawing style with a hero that reminded me of Calvin and Hobbes' sense of wonder and ability to daydream. Just a wonderful book all round that I will definitely tout to my patrons.

  • Janouk
    Jun 02, 2017

    4.5||5 stars

  • Melody
    Apr 29, 2017

    This is crazy good and crazy important. It made me giggle. It made me tear up because Jensen's journey was so real, and so honest. Chmakova does an excellent job of portraying her characters and I want all of them to have their own books. These are GREAT stories for middle schoolers that never feel like they're talking down to them.

  • Christina
    May 10, 2017

    A graphic novel aimed at middle school readers, I found this to be a great read. Technically the second book in the Berrybrook Middle School series, but it works really well as a stand alone. I read book 1 when it came out and I don't remember it well, but do remember enjoying it. I wasn't sure I'd like BRAVE because I didn't think I'd identify enough with the main character, a middle school boy. But I found him to be very likable and I was quickly invested in his story. The author has created a

    A graphic novel aimed at middle school readers, I found this to be a great read. Technically the second book in the Berrybrook Middle School series, but it works really well as a stand alone. I read book 1 when it came out and I don't remember it well, but do remember enjoying it. I wasn't sure I'd like BRAVE because I didn't think I'd identify enough with the main character, a middle school boy. But I found him to be very likable and I was quickly invested in his story. The author has created a rich and diverse world of characters, each visually distinct and with a nicely developed personality. She shows diversity in a natural way, breaks down stereotypes, and does a wonderful job of combining art and dialogue to tell an effective story. The book deals with themes of friendship and bullying in a way that is relatable, avoiding cliche. I'd be interested to see what a young reader thinks of this book, so I picked up a copy for my nephew. Seems this would be a great book for a middle school library, especially for reluctant readers--it might help them get into reading for fun.

  • Alison McKinnon
    May 28, 2017

    Best graphic novel for tweens that I have read all year!

  • Mikayla Almquist
    Jun 05, 2017

    TEN MILLION STARS GUYS.

    No really, ALL THE STARS!

    I cried. Like. Actual-Facts tears.

  • Julie
    Jun 14, 2017

    Like the previous book in this series, Awkward, this is a revealing glimpse of middle school life. The main character, Jensen, is bullied without even realizing it, thinking that kids are "just joking" when they really don't even consider him their friend. Lonely and confused, he doesn't understand why he can't just find a way to fit in, even among groups where he has a common interest (art club, the school newspaper). His journey from a culture of isolation to one of acceptance is beautifully p

    Like the previous book in this series, Awkward, this is a revealing glimpse of middle school life. The main character, Jensen, is bullied without even realizing it, thinking that kids are "just joking" when they really don't even consider him their friend. Lonely and confused, he doesn't understand why he can't just find a way to fit in, even among groups where he has a common interest (art club, the school newspaper). His journey from a culture of isolation to one of acceptance is beautifully portrayed. I love that her books tackle so many issues - from bullying to conflict resolution to the sexism of school dress codes. Fittingly, Jensen resolves things with the help of another (fictional) graphic novelist whose wise work he admires - one who writes that "...we are all stronger...when we look out for one another. We just have to have the courage to do so."

    Perfect ending to a perfect book, and the author/illustrator's Sketch Gallery, where she shares preliminary ideas for her drawings, is a fabulous look at her process. My middle schooler loved this book, as well as Awkward, as much as I did.

  • Maggie Gordon
    Jun 15, 2017

    Awkward is another absolutely delightful middle school graphic novel from Svetlana Chmakova dealing with complex issues that kids in that age bracket have to contend with on a daily basis. The star of this book is Jemsen, a fat kid who loves to daydream and struggles in school (perhaps neuroatypical as well, depending on how you read him). He's a sweet kid who is constantly bullied by friends and strangers alike. The story is about him realising that how he is treated is not okay, and working wi

    Awkward is another absolutely delightful middle school graphic novel from Svetlana Chmakova dealing with complex issues that kids in that age bracket have to contend with on a daily basis. The star of this book is Jemsen, a fat kid who loves to daydream and struggles in school (perhaps neuroatypical as well, depending on how you read him). He's a sweet kid who is constantly bullied by friends and strangers alike. The story is about him realising that how he is treated is not okay, and working with others to change how people behave at his school. I think many kids will relate to Jemsen, or see themselves as people who aren't treating their own Jemsen's very kindly. The focus on how to make things better is a great tactic to take, particularly for kids in this age group.

    I wasn't very fond of the school uniform side plot as I thought the narrative really glossed over what goes on in that debate and failed to really dig into the whole suspension business. Even for a book aimed at younger readers, the handling felt clumsy and untied to the overall bullying plot.

    But all in all, another strong comic for the younger crowd that deals directly with issues in their daily lives. It feels very Mr. Rogers for school age kids in that respect, and there's always room for more of Mr. Rogers-style education!


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