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 Muddle School
 Author: Whamond, Dave

 Publisher:  Kids Can Press (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 144 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 937067 ISBN: 9781525304866
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Middle schools -- Fiction
 Belonging (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Drawing -- Fiction
 Bullies -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $21.18

Dave doesn't have high hopes for himself on his first day at a new school in a new town called Muddle. But he has no idea just how bad things are going to be. Getting knocked into a mud puddle by a trio of bullies. Having his secret crush revealed to the entire math class. But then Dave begins working on a time machine for the science fair and he gets a brilliant idea. What if he goes back in time to that first day of school? What if he has a redo? In graphic novel format.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 518039

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/21)
   School Library Journal (09/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2021 Gr 4–7—New kid Dave finds himself the target of bullies, rouses the ire of his teachers, and is embarrassed when his crush on Lisa becomes public knowledge. But what if Dave and his friend Chad could build a time machine and start over again? Drawing from his own experience, Whamond explores adolescent angst and the turmoil of middle school. The two-tone, blue and white illustrations are reminiscent of comic strips. The book is a quick read, with easy-to-follow text, dominated by internal monologues from Dave. But while readers may initially be drawn in by the premise of time travel, they may be disappointed in the execution—time travel isn't introduced until late in the narrative and wraps up quickly. Dave and his family are white. The illustration style doesn't stand out, and the story will feel familiar to many readers—another middle school graphic novel based on the author's life, about a less-than-popular, comic-drawing kid finding his voice. VERDICT Whamond doesn't tread any new ground, but libraries looking for more non-series graphic novels featuring male protagonists may be interested in adding this to an existing collection alongside more substantial titles like Jerry Craft's New Kid and Kwame Alexander's The Crossover.—Aryssa Damron, DC P.L., Washington, DC - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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