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Nat Enough

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Making friends isn't easy, but losing them is even harder!
Natalie has never felt that she's enough -- athletic enough, stylish enough, or talented enough. And on the first day of middle school, Natalie discovers that things are worse than she thought -- now she's not even cool enough for her best friend, Lily! As Natalie tries to get her best friend back, she learns more
Paperback, 240 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Graphix
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    Melanie Dulaney
    A digital advanced reader copy from Edelweiss Plus was provided to this librarian.

    Solid graphic novel for the 3rd-6th grader who enjoys books by Raina Telgemeier, Terri Libenson, Victoria Jameson and Shannon Hale. The story line is simple and straight forward—nerdy girl enters middle school and loses her best friend to a more popular student—and since most in the targeted age group have experienced that, readers will easily make connections. Scrivan’s artwork is bold and although definitely in
    This is a cute graphic novel. I'm torn on the voice of it though. It reminded me a lot of older comic strips, like Sunday morning cartoons than say, Raina Telgemeier. Sometimes there were really clever and funny jokes (especially in the background) that might go over the head of its audience. But they made me giggle aloud. What I find especially conflicting is how there are those really smart and clever jokes but then the storyline is SO BASIC. It's like it can't make up its mind, whether it ...more
    Lorie Barber
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to Graphix for a copy of this ARC to share with our reading group.
    A friendship book with themes of being who you are and what real friendship means will resonate with kids in elementary. Was hoping for a bit more depth into the characters, but my 5ths will enjoy this a lot.
    I have not read the full graphic novel-just the sampler sent out as advanced review copy- and I love the sampler SO much. I can’t wait to read the full book. It’s cute and snarky and silly and relatable for pre/teen girls.
    Ms. Yingling
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

    Natalie is starting middle school, but over the summer her best friend Lily has moved across town and befriended a much cooler girl and is being downright mean, calling Natalie a nerd. When we see flashbacks of Natalie's memories, we know that Lily has always been a bit this way, and wasn't a great friend to begin with. Still, it's hard to start a new year without a friend, and luckily she meets Zoe after an accident in gym that sends her to the nurse with a minor
    Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
    With the popularity of Telgemeier's books still going strong, authors/illustrators are continuing to produce realistic graphic novels with the familiar themes of friendship, belonging, and change that many middle grade readers relate to. Scrivan introduces Natalie, a girl who always feels like she's simply "not enough." Despite her lack of confidence in many areas of her life, Natalie loves to write and draw; she even helps tell the story with her own coloring pencil illustrations and clever ...more
    Kate Waggoner
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020-read

    Thank you to @mariascrivan and @scholasticinc for sharing an advance copy of Nat Enough with the #KidLitExchange network. This middle grades graphic novel will be released in April 2020. All opinions are my own.

    Natalie is starting middle school and her best friend, Lily, seems to have forgotten they're friends. After she moved over the summer, Lily decided she needed to hang out with people who were cooler. Natalie has never really felt like she was enough. She's feels she's not
    Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    “Nat Enough” by @mariascrivan is another fabulous graphic novel about growing up, dealing with challenging friendships and finding your true self! Natalie is low on self-confidence heading into middle school, but she has her best friend, Lily, to share this new adventure with. But Lily finds a new “cooler” friend and is really mean to Natalie. Natalie tries and tries to get Lily back by trying to be someone she isn't. She is worried about being nerdy and hesitates to enter the
    Allison Renner
    Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This graphic novel is about Natalie, who starts middle school to find her best friend has dumped her to be part of the popular crowd. Natalie tries to get Lily back, but while trying, she meets new classmates who show her she might not have been experiencing friendship before. Natalie has a lot to learn about being herself and finding true friends.

    This book reminded me of Terri Libenson books, and also maybe a bit of the comic strip Luann? Something about the cat and dog jokes on the new chapter
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Natalie is just starting middle school, but she's having some self-confidence problems and feels like she's not enough - not talented enough, not popular enough, not pretty enough. Also her best friend since 2nd grade, Lily, has found another friend and has turned mean, calling Natalie a nerd and ignoring her. Nat is obsessed with winning Lily back, and barely notices the good new friends she's made. But when her Language Arts teacher announces a story contest, Natalie has a great idea.

    Julie Overpeck aka Mrs. O's Library
    In this graphic novel, Natalie and Lily are best friends in elementary school, but before middle school starts Lily drops Natalie like a hot potato and hangs out with the cool kids. Natalie doesn’t understand why Lily has turned on her, so she launches “Operation Get Lily Back.” Even though she makes new friends with Zoe and Flo, she has to go through several embarrassing events before she realizes that some friendships are not worth pursuing. It includes an innocent crush, science experiments ...more
    Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Disclaimer: I work at Scholastic and the advance copies have just come in!! #publishingperks

    I didn’t have any input on the book though so my opinions are 100% based on reading it for this first time.

    But overall it was a really cute graphic novel! Nat speaks to me with her story, as I had a similar thing happen to me a couple of times. It took her a while to sort things out, and the resolutions did feel a bit rushed, but given the page count I thought it was super cute.

    In this day and age I
    Katie Reilley
    Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to the author and graphix publishing for sharing an early copy with our #bookexpedition group.

    Addressing the friendship and self-esteem issues that so many middle grade readers encounter, this graphic novel is perfect for students in grades 3+.

    Humor is delivered throughout the novel via the main character (Natalie’s) pet dog & cat. Message received: be the best you that you can be!

    Appreciated the author’s note at the beginning and will definitely purchase for my 4/5th graders
    Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
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    Darlene Earle
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I bought this through the book club at school. My 4th graders are loving all of these new graphic friendship novels. This one has a good, clean message without any of the boy drama for the girls that seems to be prevalent in a lot of the other novels. It's a good intermediate level story that you won't worry will introduce any themes that your students might not be ready for yet. I will look for more by this author!
    Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A great book for any age (but especially for kids 10-14) about the importance of staying true to oneself. Also a great reminder to appreciate those around you who like you for who you are.Maria Scrivan
    Nov 21, 2019 added it
    Heartbreaking and entirely relatable story about a young girl who loses her best friend to the flashy new girl and must now come to terms with accepting herself for who she is - and recognizing the friends she already has alone the way.
    Great back-story humour through keeps this from going too dark, but a good read for Raina fans.
    Danielle Norris
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I bought this book for my class and I wanted to read it to see who I wanted to choose to read it first. Oh my goodness I LOVE this book. It is about middle school and changes and finding out who you are and loving yourself! What a great book. I can hardly wait for Monday... Now I just have to decide who gets to read it first!
    Mrs. Porter
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020
    Natalie is ready to start muddle school with her best friend Lilly. Lilly, however, has changed. Natalie tried to figure out how to get their friendship back on track, while some new friends encourage her to be herself.

    So true to middle school. I see this take place all the time with my students. I loved the characters, loved their voices, and cannot wait to get this into students’ hands!
    Laura Gardner
    Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Nat Enough by @mariascrivan is a going to be WILDLY popular for grades 3+. Addresses friendship drama, self esteem issues, and bravery. Love the artwork!
    Perfect for fans of @goraina or @terrilibenson. Grades 3+
    Marta Boksenbaum
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
    Thanks to Scholastic for an ARC of this story. This is a great addition to the growing collection of graphic memoir stories for kids. This one is about fitting in and making friends when your old friends decide to move on. This is a great book to hand to fans of Smile and Best Friends.
    Chelsie Brown
    Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    As a 5th grade teacher that deals with regular friend drama, I love books like this. Fantastic theme and great advice for my students to be themselves and find friends who lift them up and not drag them down! Loved this sweet story ...more
    Stephanie Tournas
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Poignant and funny. Nat is obsessed with the friend who dumped her and feels likes she's just not good at anything. It takes figuring out who her real friends are and realizing her drawing talent to feel good about herself. Middle school drama!
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: own
    Cute book! A pretty simple, straightforward storyline, but cute.
    Charlie Easterson
    Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
    Good message but reads a little like an old fashioned comic strip. Maybe if Cathy was a YA character.
    Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    that you don't have to be popular to have friends
    Cute graphic novel that I definitely would have related to in junior high! Not a super standout but my students love this stuff so I might buy it for the library.
    cute, funny story of learning to be yourself under peer pressure to be cool
    Erin Varley
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Absolute perfection. My new fav GN! Kids this age are navigating friendships and this is the perfect book for that.
    Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed this middle grade graphic novel! It was realistic, funny, and a bit sad. I really liked the writing and the art! Great for fans of Terri Libenson and Raina Telgemeire. #ARC
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