The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Publisher: Yen Press
Peppi is new at school and on her very first day, she trips into Jamie, which results in her being called a “nerder girlfriend”. In a panic, she pushes Jamie as she runs away, and has been regretting it ever since.
A few weeks in, she’s found the art club and made new friends, but she’s still upset about how she treated Jamie. And then things get really awkward: not only is he in the science club, the art club’s rivals, but he becomes Peppi’s science tutor. While they start to become friends, their clubs are pitted against each other in a competition, which results in all-out war.
An entertaining and diverse cast bring this graphic novel to life. Its illustrations and design are ideal for readers who are new to reading graphic novels as well. Awkward perfectly captures the secondary school experience – friendships, rivalries, secrets, eccentric teachers, and also what can be accomplished when everyone works together.