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Brave New Pond by Jennifer L. Holm
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Mar 13, 12

bookshelves: bullies, graphic-novels, science
Read in March, 2012

I don't know how they got the idea for a graphic novel series about an amoeba named Squish and his adventures at school, but Jennifer and Matthew Holm put their considerable talents together to create a fun-filled but issue-driven story here. Squish sets off for school--the pond--with his friend Pod, but he tells himself that this year is going to be different. There are all sorts of interesting characters here: Peggy the Paramecium who seems to have a crush on Squish, the athletic Algae Brothers who run the school and enjoy bullying others, even Principal Planaria. The gist of the story involves Squish finding it almost impossible to stand up to the Algae Brothers until they send him off to bother Pod. Finally, Squish realizes just what he's made of, and does the right thing. One aspect of this graphic novel that I really enjoyed was the use of arrows with asides that add the author's observations to the story. Plus, the informational facts included in the story are a boon to science teachers. This one is plenty of fun.
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