Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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Publisher Annotation: All Vera wants to do is fit in―but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range―Russian summer camp. Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626724440
Characteristics: 244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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JCLS_CentralPoint_Susie Aug 21, 2018

Vera doesn't fit in with the other girls. They all have collector dolls and "normal" sleepovers, and they all go to camp during the summer. So when someone at her church mentions a camp that Vera could go to, she is super excited to finally be able to have a "normal" experienc... Read More »

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Jul 08, 2019

Be Prepared is a very well done book. It is interesting to see what the girl, Vera thinks about sleep away camp. Some parts of the book are quite funny. The book is very well drawn, and is hard to put down. I really enjoyed this book, and thought it was very good.

Jul 03, 2019

This graphic novel is about the life of a russian girl who wants to go to russian camp because she thinks everyone will be like her. Later on in the story, she figures out that everyone in camp have known each other since kindergarten. Dan Dan Dan...

ArapahoeIrinaB Jun 28, 2019

Controversial graphic novel about a Russian-American girl and her brother attending a summer camp. Surrounded with many complications (different culture, unsettled life, unfriendly environment (co-campers)) the girl struggles with her socializing, awkward relationships, attempts of making friends and finding any possible comfort in her new adventure.

Vilka May 18, 2019

Funny, charmingly-drawn, realistic coming-of-age story about a Russian-American girl who feels like the odd one out in her neighborhood--too nerdy, too poor, too ethnic--so when she hears about a summer scout camp for Russian kids (just like her!), she begs to go. Things don't turn out the way she imagined, but it's an entertaining and extremely relatable ride to her personal growth through this experience. Strongly recommended for anyone from middle graders to adults!

IndyPL_AnnaL May 09, 2019

This is a great graphic novel that has realistic views on what it is like when you go away to camp. I thought about my time at girl scout camp throughout the entire book and though mine wasn't as traumatic as Vera's, I certainly wrote about wanting to come home the first week I was there. The book is based on the author's own time at summer camp and it definitely feels like a real camp experience.

Mar 25, 2019

What a cute story and fantastic art.

Mar 03, 2019

Oh my gosh -- from the letter home to mom on the first page -- "Dear Mom, could you pick me up as soon as you get this? Please! I'm desperate" to last page, you will laugh out loud and cringe and sigh as we all have had similar experiences at sometime in our life. The tale of the camp is so real that it brought back my own memories of the tents, bats, poison ivy, and eventually measles when I went away to Girl Scout Camp. Remember the song? Hello, mudder, hello, fadder. Here I am at Camp Granada......

Feb 22, 2019

Very nicely drawn and written! I loved reading this book :)

Feb 03, 2019

Celebrated cartoonist Vera Brosgol, author of the excellent *Anya's Ghost*, wrote this charming and upbeat memoir of a summer spent at camp for Russian immigrant children living in upstate New York. Vera immigrated from Russian to the United States when she was five years old and struggled to build friendships with the mean girls in America. So she goes to Russian summer camp in upstate New York only to discover an entirely new breed of childhood horrors.

Jan 30, 2019

For some reason, I expected this graphic novel to have a supernatural twist, or a Big Mysterious Secret, and it did not. (Uh, spoiler?) That aside, it was a fun memoir. I never went to a sleepaway camp, but I definitely have gone camping enough to appreciate the anecdotes of the outdoors.

I'd recommend it to fans of Sunny Side Up and other memoir graphic novels for middle-grade readers -- possibly not to every single fan of Raina Telgemeier and Svetlana Chmakova, as it isn't quite as humorous, but it stands up well next to the other memoirs.

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