Bound To Stay Bound

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 Nat enough (Nat enough)
 Author: Scrivan, Maria

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2020)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 234 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 793730 ISBN: 9781338538212
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 Self-acceptance -- Fiction
 Belonging (Social psychology) -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $18.08

Natalie has never felt that she's enough-athletic enough, stylish enough, or talented enough. And on the first day of middle school, Natalie discovers that things are worse than she thought-now she's not even cool enough for her best friend, Lily! Making friends isn't easy, but losing them is even harder! In graphic novel format.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 2.90
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 506728

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/20)
   School Library Journal (00/01/20)
   Booklist (03/15/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2020 Gr 3–6—"Enough is one of those words that looks like it's spelled wrong even when it isn't. Whatever it is, I don't have it." Pouring out her heart into her sketchbook, self-deprecating Natalie confides that she doesn't feel smart, athletic, or popular enough, but her tight friendship with Lily has bolstered her. But when the girls begin middle school, Lily finds a new best friend, and Natalie feels cast adrift. As she struggles to let go of her old friendship, she befriends new classmates and discovers hidden talents. Natalie's new buddies point out that Lily might not be a great friend to Nat, but it takes time for Nat to see this and to recognize the new friends she has made. Scrivan's exuberant, comic strip–esque art and simple dialogue will entice a range of readers, who will relate to Nat's insecurities. Each chapter starts with a quick comic about Nat's cat and dog, whose antics give hints about what will happen to Natalie. The narrative unfolds at a measured pace, but readers will find themselves turning pages to discover what happens. VERDICT Fans of Shannon Hale's Real Friends or Amy Ignatow's "The Popularity Papers" seeking another tale about the highs and lows of friendship will take comfort in seeing earnest Nat come into her own.—Jenni Frencham, Indiana University, Bloomington - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/15/2020 Natalie loves to write and draw, but she never feels like she’s good enough at anything she does. Now that middle school has started, her best friend, Lily, has pulled away and is being mean. What is Natalie going to do without her best friend in this new world of makeup, boys, and older teens? She thinks she needs to win Lily back, but friends Zoe and Flo help her realize she needs to be true to herself. When the chance arises to submit her comic book to a state-wide writing contest, she realizes that she’s good enough and deserves to be happy. Debut graphic novelist Scrivan, drawing on personal experience, presents the story through Natalie’s sketchbook, allowing for the occasional doodled asides to interrupt the traditionally paneled narrative. Her art employs a somewhat loose, cartoony style—bright with dappled watercolors—befitting a middle-school artist. This story of growing up is a perfect read for students new to middle school and those questioning where their talents lie. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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