Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Source: Borrowed from the Libray
Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids.
Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.
On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!
Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can't help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he's a member of her own club's archrivals--the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!
I found this one at the library and I love picking up new to me graphic novels there. This one is a middle grade read about a girl who is trying to fit in and is accidentally mean to another kid. Through the story Peppi apologizes and eventually becomes friends with the boy - Jaime, but their respective clubs are out to get each other. It is art versus science and the plot is so fun.
The author gives the reader a wonderful story about kids coming together and learning from mistakes in a very fun and amusing way. I loved the way this graphic novel was done and think that readers will enjoy the illustration and story.