|Just roll with it (Just Roll With It)|
Author: Durfey-Lavoie, Lee
Explores the complexity of anxiety, OCD, and learning to trust yourself and the world around you. Maggie just wants to get through her first year of middle school. But between finding the best after-school clubs, trying to make friends, and avoiding the rumored monster on school grounds, she's having a tough time ... so she might need a little help from her twenty-sided dice. But what happens if Maggie rolls the wrong number? In graphic novel format.
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/21)
School Library Journal (02/11/22)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/11/2022 Gr 4–7—Sixth grader Maggie is anxious about starting middle school and following in the footsteps of her accomplished older siblings. A fan of role-playing games, she carries around a 20-sided die that she uses to help make decisions about friends and school. But when her obsessive-compulsive tendencies overwhelm her as she lets the die make her choices for her, fantasy merges with reality. Maggie and her loved ones realize she needs help, and she seeks therapy. Maggie and her family are cued as South Asian, and the story showcases a welcome diversity in her friends. Durfey-Lavoie's compassionate story depicts mental health issues and treatment in a positive light. With anxiety and depression rising in teens, this book will let readers know that they are not alone. Agarwal has crafted winsome characters who are inspired by anime and chibi animation. VERDICT For fans of Raina Telgemeier's Guts, this charming graphic novel about coping with anxiety and learning not to be overwhelmed by fear is a recommended purchase for middle school library shelves.—Nancy McKay - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.