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On Penelope-Peppi-Torres' first day, she trips into Jaime Thompson, and was being called "nerder girlfriend" so she shoves Jaime and runs away. To try to forget this she joins the Art Club to make new friends. She feels bad for what she did to Jaime, but he is in the Art Clubs rival, the Science Club. War breaks out between the two clubs, but Peppi and Jaime's friendship helps ease the tensions.
Publisher: New York, NY : Yen Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9780316381307
Characteristics: 210 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm


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JCLS_CentralPoint_Susie Aug 21, 2018

The Art Club and the Science Club are at war! The Science Club is winning! The Art Club would do anything to get ahead, but is it worth it when they go too far?

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JCLBrittanyC Jan 18, 2020

This graphic series came with a co-worker's recommendation, and oh my goodness, I loved them. Each book in this series contains the same group of characters, but the protagonist for each book changes, which I thought was a clever way to keep you immersed in their middle school world throughout the series. I think these books would be incredible for upper elementary school students, as they encounter situations that may be awkward, where they may have to be brave, and where they begin developing a crush. I think these books offer a lot for young people to learn, and the illustrations are just so fun, so how could you not give it a try!

Dec 17, 2019

A pretty awesome book I should say! Funny enough, I discovered about this book a few months ago while randomly looking around a Chapters/Indigo store and thought it looked interesting, but I didn't have the money to buy it so I decided to borrow a copy at the library instead. Despite the book being made for a younger audience, I still enjoyed it as a 20 year old. The story was really relatable, especially back in the days when I was in middle school myself a couple of years ago, a really shy and awkward dude (though I still kinda am to this day :P) I would highly recommend this book to everyone, and I'm considering purchasing my own copy as well as the other books in the Berrybrook Middle School series, Brave, Crush and Dairy.

Nov 22, 2019

I love you, Svetlana. The first thing I read by her was her Dramacon manga series. Perfect young girl/teen/adult who still read teen literature or work in book stores so they just read everything to be aware of what's out there. Her books, Awkward and Crush go to another level than Dramacon. Realistic, relatable matched with flawless artwork to go with it. She doesn't go overboard on the story or the artwork. No distractions, allowing the reader to take it in because the dialogue does it all with that extra help of the art.

Aug 27, 2019

i love this book amazing

SPPL_Noah Aug 07, 2019

I think the Chmakova graphic novels are the best newish middle-grade books we've got. Really good. Check one of these out for a kid.

Jul 29, 2019

Peppi is awkward, like the rest of us and she grows into such a role model for everyone. when she helps and makes new friends we can all relate. I hope that awkward people like Peppi (and myself) learn that being awkward is ok.
I think you should be 5 to read this book

Jul 17, 2019

This book was pretty good! one part I liked in this book was how Penelope kept trying to apologize to Jamie but kept making excuses or ran away and hid whenever she had the chance and it was long after until she finally apologized.

Jun 04, 2019

It was so funny seeing the art club and the science club roast Foster and Yanic. Amazing book!

May 23, 2019

Ironically, this book is... awkward. But still, amazing! The story was cute.

Apr 08, 2019

OMG! I loved this book! It was such an adorable and sweet friendship story that I nearly had to make a dentist appointment. What I especially loved about this novel was that it broke being a middle-schooler into pieces and made its essence into a true yet captivating story. Additionally, it showed that things are made better when they come together not when they're separate-a concept a lot of people now-a-days need to learn. For sure, I recommend this to everyone who's looking for a book to read in general. After all, it's genre should resonate with almost anyone since the story takes places in the middle-school years. Seriously, you've got to read this book :D

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