Be Prepared (Paperback)

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By Vera Brosgol, Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
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"Ah, summer camp. A time loved by some, hated by others, and experienced to the fullest in this new graphic novel by award-winning artist Vera Brosgol. Vera dreamed of going to camp just like the girls she knew from school, but when she ends up at a camp filled with other Russian-Americans, it's not exactly what she had in mind. Sure, there's capture the flag and swimming, but there's also Russian history class and going to church in the rain---and don't get her started on the outhouses. I laughed, cringed, and cheered while reading Vera's adventures. If you liked Smile, Drama, or Real Friends, and are looking for something new, pick up this book next! It's perfect for summer reading."

— Bethany Strout, Children's Buyer


"Beautifully drawn, brutally funny, brilliantly honest. Vera is such a good cartoonist I almost can't stand it." --Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile

In Be Prepared, 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

About the Author

Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. Her first graphic novel Anya's Ghost was published in 2011 by First Second and won Eisner, Cybils, and Harvey awards. Her picture book Leave Me Alone! was a 2017 Caldecott Honor book. She was a storyboard artist at Laika for ten years, working on animated films including Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and actually really likes camping now.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781626724457
ISBN-10: 1626724458
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English