Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As a kid, I loved books about kids going away to camp - I remember reading Laura's Luck by Marilyn Sachs, and now I realize I should reread these books because I didn't realize they were historical fiction.
In this graphic novel, Vera is the poor kid in her group of friends, as well as an immigrant from Russia, so there are funny foods and language issues and all that. One thing she latches onto is all her friends go to camp, why can't she? And then she finds out there is a Russian summer camp!! She imagines camp as some type of always-fun place where she will have all the friends.
Camp isn't what she imagined. Some girls are mean. The toilets are outhouses. Everything is in Russian, and she can speak it but really can't read it.
This is a classic type of story -- Vera finds out more about herself, makes some bad choices, has some unexpected fun.
I'm hoping there is a sequel!
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