Becoming Brianna
Becoming Brianna
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Series: Emmie and Friends   
Annotation: Told in alternating past and present chapters, a latest series entry finds brainy Bri wondering if she has taken on too much when she agrees to learn a new language, give a speech and organize a party while juggling drama at school and home.
Catalog Number: #218274
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 313 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-289453-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8183-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-289453-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8183-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019956234
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Brianna's mom has a way of talking her into taking center stage, but when Brianna reluctantly agrees to have a Bat Mitzvah, she realizes that things have gone too far. Not only must she be in the spotlight but she also has to write and perform a speech and read passages in Hebrew, a language she doesn't know, in front of her friends and family. Her mom has gone into preparation overdrive, her parents are fighting constantly, and the whole school thinks that this will be the party of the year. Will Brianna survive the school yearincluding a change in social status and friend dramawhile still managing not to embarrass herself at the big event? Libenson's newest installment in the "Emmie & Friends" series is a hybrid graphic novel that uses different illustration techniques to tell Brianna's story in alternating time lines. Chapters focusing on events from the prior eight months rely on a mixture of prose text and comic illustrations, while the "now" chapters, which depict the Bat Mitzvah celebration, are in a traditional sequential comic panel format. Readers will relate to Brianna's attempts to manage her stress load as well as her insecurity and flaws as she works to form and maintain friendships. VERDICT For middle grade graphic novel collections, especially where Libenson's previous works are popular.Amanda Melilli, University of Nevada
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School Library Journal (4/1/20)
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
Word Count: 16,002
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 508816 / grade: Middle Grades

New York Times bestseller! Terri Libenson returns with another endearing, relatable story of friendship and finding confidence. Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Jennifer L. Holm. Middle school is full of challenges. Everyone knows how much brainy Bri likes the spotlight (not). So why did she ever agree to something that forces her to learn a new language, give a speech, help organize a party, and juggle drama at school and home?! As the big event inches closer, Bri wonders if it's all worth it. . . . Told in alternating past and present chapters, Bri's heartwarming story unfolds over the eight months leading up to her bat mitzvah--as well as over the course of the big day itself. Plus don't miss Terri Libenson's Invisible Emmie, Positively Izzy, and Just Jaime!

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