Be Prepared

Be Prepared

by Vera Brosgol


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"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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626724457
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 41,625
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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.

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Be Prepared 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I guess I didn’t see what was so funny about this graphic novel. There were a few parts that were funny but for the most part, I felt sorry for Vera. Vera feels that she never fits in with her peers. When she finally discovers that she’ll get the opportunity to be just like her peers, she’s thrilled. Unfortunately, her experience has some unpleasant elements waiting for her. The cover of this novel made me pick it up from the library. Vera is Russian and she’s having a hard time fitting in with her American friends. Invited to a birthday party of one of her peers from schools, Vera takes mental notes on how to have her own successful birthday party. The way the girls interacted with one another, just made me cringe. On the day of Vera’s party, she thinks she has everything ready but things start to fizzle before the girls arrive. As the girls join in on Vera’s festivities, they let Vera know exactly how they feel about her big day. Vera has heard the girls talking about summer camp and she realizes that her family cannot afford this luxury. One day while talking with a girl after Russian Services, Vera hears about a summer camp that gets her hopes up. Finally! Vera has a connection. This summer, Vera will get to go to her own summer camp while her peers go to theirs. Visualizing the adventures that she has heard about, Vera is pumped about her new adventure until the day she arrives at her new camp and realizes that this is nothing like she imagined. Lack of indoor plumbing and electricity, this camp is far from modern. The other campers that she is with are not the kids that she expected. How long does she have to stay here? I thought it was sad how Vera’s peers treated her and that Vera had no one fun to play with. The adults in the story didn’t help the situation any either. Attending camp, some of the illustrations were comical and some of the situations that she was in made me smile but just the thought of how she must have felt, considering this was her “one thing,” put a damper on the whole experience. It didn’t seem fair that just as her camp visit was winding down, she found hope. 2.5 stars
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was kind of sweet in a way. I like the art style.
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
This is a good story about making friends. Vera learns how to be friends with older and younger kids in this story. When she wanted to be friends with the older kids at camp, she would put down others to make them laugh, or give them things to please them. It wasn’t a real friendship. But when she was friends with the younger kids, they looked up to her, so she was more generous. I liked that Vera found her own Russian camp to go to, since she couldn’t go to the camps her friends from school attended. She embraced her culture, since they did Russian activities at camp, and they were only allowed to speak Russian at camp. One thing I didn’t like was when Vera went along with teasing the other kids. I felt that she did that for way too long in the book. Some parts were kind of depressing too, like when one girl lost her guinea pig and when Vera was being teased. The story was left on a cliffhanger, so I’m curious to see if it will continue.
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