Monday, June 24, 2019

Guts by Raina Telgemeier - ESSENTIAL

Guts by Raina Telgemeier, 224 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Graphix (Scholastic), 2019. $13.

 Language: G (0 swears 0 'f'); Mature Content: PG (references to periods); Violence: G.



Raina is in 5th grade. After her first bout with stomach flu, Raina begins to worry about throwing up, just thinking about it makes her feel sick - but her doctor says she's healthy. Soon she starts worrying about other things - will certain foods make her sick, did her friend wash her hands, will she need to throw up at school? When her anxiety starts to affect her eating habits and friend relationships, Raina's mom finds her a therapist.

Raina Telgemeier tackles a more serious topic in Guts. Anxiety. Age appropriate for upper elementary and middle school, the illustrations are great, the topic is important and the format is perfect. If your readers have loved Smile and Sisters, Guts is the next must read.

Lisa Librarian

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