Becoming Brianna

Terri Libenson

Book - 2020

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.

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Subjects
Genres
Comic books, strips, etc
Coming-of-age comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels
Juvenile works
Published
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2020]
Language
English
Main Author
Terri Libenson (author)
Edition
First edition
Item Description
Chiefly illustrations, in both narrative book and comic book layout.
Physical Description
313 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Audience
Ages 8-12.
ISBN
9780062894540
9780062894533
9780063026643
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Review by Booklist Review

Cast in a customary tumble of quick doodles, more finished sequential panels, and short bursts of prose in a hand-lettered style font, Libenson's latest middle-grade angst-fest propels 13-year-old Brianna toward her bat mitzvah amidst a whirl of friendship issues--along with lingering doubts about her religious commitment. An excellent student who is both a champion procrastinator and grudge-holder, Brianna chronicles bouts between her Jewish helicopter mom ("Queen of Guilt") and non-Jewish dad, as she wrestles with learning the requisite Hebrew prayers. At the same time, she stubbornly prolongs a falling out with her long-time BFF Emmie (last met in Invisible Emmie, 2017) and is inexplicably courted by queen bee Zoe. Lacing the dialogue with spirited banter and laying on the life lessons with a light touch, the author supplies her confused and unhappy protagonist with a not-quite-boyfriend, an amiable rabbi, and a cantor who all step in to deliver sound advice. All ends with party time . . . plus a climactic hora exuberant enough to leave everyone, readers included, smiling.

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