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Middle school hasn't been easy for Jensen--math is hard, getting along with friends is hard, even finding a partner for a class project is a hard when you're always picked last. And it's about to get even tougher when the school newspaper's dynamic duo, Jenny and Akilah, draw Jensen into the world of school news, social experiment projects, and behind-the-scenes club drama. Will Jensen be able to find a solution to any of his problems?
Publisher: New York, NY :, Yen Press,, 2017
Edition: First Yen Press edition
ISBN: 9780316363174
Characteristics: 238 pages :,colour illustrations
Additional Contributors: McCommon, Melissa
Lee, JuYoun


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Jun 15, 2019

this book was great! it had twists and turns, the characters were all very different and the main character is so lovable🥰. I recommend this book to people of all ages.

May 20, 2019

I loved this book and I loved the main character, Jensen. I recommend it to anyone who ever went to middle school, or knows someone who is apprehensive about going to middle school. Jensen just wants to save the world, make some friends and draw pictures. He thinks if he can just stay under the radar the mean kids will leave him alone. And his friends who make fun of him are still his friends, right? When the school comes together the over dress code and the bullying is exposed, Jensen realizes middle school is tough on everyone. Great message and the graphics are easy to understand.

Mar 03, 2019

that was such a good book!!I would recommend this to my friends!!I wish there was like a part 2 for this.I wanna know if the bully (the guy with the brown hair) actually became friends with Jensen.5 star rating for me!!

Feb 01, 2019

This is an amazing graphic novel, the second in the "Awkward" series! This one is all about ever-cautious Jensen, the secondary charrie in "Awkward" that was forever warning others about the imminent danger of sunspots. Jensen feels left out of Art Club activities with the big ~Art Fair~ coming up. Then he discovers Jenny, Akilah and Felipe of the Newspaper Crew. Things go a bit downhill as Jensen begins to fail math. Problem is, math tutoring is after school- when Art Club is in session. To make matters worse, Jensen is being bullied by two boys, Yanic and Foster... and some of his friends... but refuses to acknowledge that fact until the Newspaper Crew (and some help from Jorge), convince him otherwise. This book is an emotional roller coaster ride everyone should experience, even the ones who get airsick :)
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Dec 10, 2018

Another fantastic book in the Awkward series. This installment features Jensen Graham, the student with the sunspost obssession. He is struggling to make his way in middle school and gets bullied --mostly about his size. What he does not realize is how much he is being bullied until he is handed a survey by friends on the newspaper staff. After answering so many questions about bullying to the affirmative, he discovers this one: "What culture would YOU want to build? What would be the norm there? Which actions would help build this culture?" That is an epiphany for Jensen and also a catalyst for change at the school. Middle school students will see themselves on these pages and be encouraged to bring about change in their classrooms.

Oct 19, 2018

I love this book it is so awesome

rtalps Jul 17, 2018

Brave is a book I would highly recommend to all middle grade readers. It is a heartening story of Jensen, who is dealing with bullies and feeling invisible at middle school. Readers of Chmakova's "Awkward" will remember Jensen as the sunspots side-character, but here his story is fully realized and incredibly relatable.

JessicaGma Jul 10, 2018

Another brilliant tale from the author of Awkward that follows Jensen as he tries to survive middle school. Jensen is being bullied in a few different ways, so it's wonderful to see both versions of the classic style that everyone can pick out, but also more subtle stuff from people who are supposed to be "friends". The art is perfect.

OPL_KrisC Feb 14, 2018

I loved this book! The main character, Jensen, isn't the most popular kid and really just wants to be included. He doesn't realize that he's being bullied until some other kids open his eyes. I like how he thinks back over all the times he's been bullied and how in the end, Jensen does stand up for himself. I would definitely recommend this book.

PimaLib_SierraG Feb 10, 2018

I cannot recommend this book enough! The subject of bullying can be a hard one to tackle in fiction without the whole story becoming a stilted lecture (well-meaning but not exactly interesting to read). "Brave" navigates through that problem by avoiding the stereotypical bully versus bullied narrative (though there are bullies in this book, no doubt) and instead shows a world of characters who are just trying to make it through Middle School and who don't always know the potential hurt they can cause.

Svetlana is an amazing graphic-novelist who always makes diversity a paramount point in her character design choices for both girls and boys. Her art and writing style and easy for reluctant readers to get into while not sacrificing quality for ease.

Recommend for all ages but aimed specifically at middle-school children.

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