|Into the ring (Club Kick Out!)|
Author: Mided, Steph
Sasha's devastated when her principal cancels gaming club. Turns out, theater, cosplay, and music clubs are cancelled too. Just when Sasha thinks all hope is lost, a class project leads her and her new friends somewhere they never expected--a local wrestling match--where costumes, secret identities, and catchphrases abound. It's there an idea is formed. Enter Club Kick Out. In graphic novel format.
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/23)
School Library Journal (11/01/23)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2023 Gr 3–8—When the new principal at Custard Creek Middle School bans all extra-curricular activities except football and its cheering squad, Sasha and her friends mourn the loss of their various passion clubs: game scripting, theater, and art, chief among them. In Mided's energetic imagery and equally peppy pacing, the kids decide to develop a wrestling team that combines their interests in plot and character development, costuming, and self-expression. Discovering that the school nurse is herself a pro-wrestler makes identifying a coach the necessary added tool with which they make their case to the principal—and win it on a probationary basis. Friendships, personalities, and setbacks are as diverse and credible as the kids' appearances of various body types, genders, and skin tones. VERDICT This bright and engaging graphic novel will speak to middle graders needs for personal recognition and group acceptance, all while introducing them to the behind-the-scenes veracity of staged wrestling.—Francisca Goldsmith - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.