Insta Review: Peanut, by Ayun Halliday and Paul Hoppe

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A creative take on the difficulty of middle school; making new friends, finding your first relationships, and starting at a new school. Sadie is a new student at a school where everyone already knows everyone, and she has no idea how to introduce herself and find friends. So she creates a deadly peanut allergy for herself to find identity – and before she knows it, the lie has spiraled out of control. At home she’s same-old Sadie, trying to appease her mom’s worries about her new school; at school she’s Peanut, carting around her Eppy pen, being watched over carefully by her sweet boyfriend Zoo. The story lends itself well to the graphic novel format, and the simple drawings are easy to follow. Peanut’s story would be a big hit with my middle grade readers except like most YA graphic novels I’ve found, cursing and mature content mean that I can't suggest it to them. It’s a shame, because my fans of Awkward and Drama would have loved the relatable story and characters. #stabsummerreading

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