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After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.
Publisher: New York :, Yen Press,, 2015
Edition: First Yen Press edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780316381321
Characteristics: 210 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 22 cm


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Jun 04, 2019

It was so funny seeing the art club and the science club roast Foster and Yanic. It felt so warm to see them working together. Amazing book!

May 23, 2019

Ironically, this book is... awkward. But still, amazing! The story was cute.

Apr 08, 2019

OMG! I loved this book! It was such an adorable and sweet friendship story that I nearly had to make a dentist appointment. What I especially loved about this novel was that it broke being a middle-schooler into pieces and made its essence into a true yet captivating story. Additionally, it showed that things are made better when they come together not when they're separate-a concept a lot of people now-a-days need to learn. For sure, I recommend this to everyone who's looking for a book to read in general. After all, it's genre should resonate with almost anyone since the story takes places in the middle-school years. Seriously, you've got to read this book :D

Nov 28, 2018

Beautifully told and illustrated story about the difficulties of fitting in and going through the tween years at school. Rival groups, awkward friendships, starting to realise not everyone is the same as you... Awkward covers all these topics.

Nov 23, 2018

Loved the entire package from cover to cover. The main characters were engaging and faced realistic challenges. Tweens will easily relate to Peppi and Jaime and realize they are not alone in the awkward moments they face in their daily interactions. Heartily recommended!

Oct 22, 2018

This book shows the typical middle school life. Do you relate? Have you ever felt that awkward feeling?

vm510 Sep 10, 2018

I think tweens would really enjoy this story of rival middle school clubs realizing it's better to work together than to compete against each other. Sweet, funny illustrations & pastel colors add to the story.

May 31, 2018

I really liked it. It was cute and relatable. All the awkwardness & problems of being a teen (tween?), of being the new kid and all the anxiety that comes with it. The art is very cute, I liked the soft colors. The cast of characters is diverse not just in race, but in familial situations - not everything is perfect. One of the main characters mom is a disabled artist, another character has parents with a disfunctional abusive relationship that the mom leaves. It was just a nice story.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

The Art Club and the Science Club face off in this Middle School Romp!

katbee Sep 02, 2017

This is a wonderful book in so many ways. The drawings are fun and expressive. The limited color palette gives a nice finish to the artwork without being overpowering. The storyline and characters' reactions are fabulous and relatable. Although it is written for a middle grade audience, I thought a lot of the situations are reflected in adult life as well. For example: social anxiety, competition and group interactions, and communication issues are things we deal with regardless of age. At the end of the book the author has included a neat section explaining her creative process.

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