Twelve-year-old Cindy has just dipped a toe into seventh-grade drama—with its complicated friendships, bullies, and cute boys—when she earns an internship as a cub reporter at a local newspaper in the early 1970s. A (rare) young female reporter takes Cindy under her wing, and ...more
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There is so much to love about this graphic novel. Admittingly, I went into it rather skeptically. I’m not a big fan of the 70s decade, although it did give us Star Wars, and I question my ability to properly evaluate graphic novels. But only a page ...more
Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland, is an entertaining and well told story about a 12 year old girl who becomes a Cub Reporter, while also dealing with day to day life of being 12 years old and facing the minefield of the usual ups and downs of school life, with friendships, bullies, dating, hair and make up, and also discovering who you are. It's a lot to go through. ...more
But this isn't just a graphic memoir ...more
cub is a fun middle grade graphic novel with some amazing lessons. in the book, the main character, cindy, a seventh-grader who aspires to become a reporter someday, gets an internship at a local newspaper, and starts discovering more about herself along the way.
cindy is such a relatable character, and i'm sure both young children and adults alike would find her story an ...more
Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with a free e-ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest opinion.
This graphic novel is a memoir following Cynthia L. Copeland as she discovers her true passion for writing and being a reporter during the 1970s as she is twelve years old. She is given the opportunity to go on the field with another reporter thanks to her English teacher and becomes a cub reporter.
I have very rarely been disappointed by Middle Grade books and this ...more
Cindy Copeland loves to write, but has never met a woman writer! When her English teacher hooks her up with an internship with a reporter for the local paper, Cindy starts to hone her craft, learn to observe and report—and realizes that flying under the radar isn't all that!
I utterly adored this. It was cute, sweet and poignant—and damn doesn't 1972 resemble 2019 an awful lot...
Our country is in turmoil,...more
Cindy is 12 and in 7th grade. She gets the opportunity as a new ‘cub reporter’ at the local newspaper. She sees up close how in the 70’s the job market was ruled by men, ...more
Cindy finds that middle school in the early 1970s is fairly stressful-- all the cool girls are wearing elephant bells and blue eyeshadow, but her parents are more conservative and make her wear longer dresses and sensible shoes. She also finds that they encourage her brothers more than they encourage her. She has one really good friend, but that friend starts hanging out with the cool, mean girls. On the bright side, she finds a boy in her class with whom she has ...more
It is set in the 1970s, but there were many parallels with today’s world. There were many news headlines that are similar to the ones today, like the Watergate scandal, women’s rights, and environmental concerns. This could make the story more relatable for kids today, even though it is set decades ago.
There were also universal parts of growing up in this story. Cindy had her first boyfriend, and she also had to deal with bullying and losing friends. At the same time, ...more
This was pretty cute, I love middle grade graphic memoirs, so I was excited to read this, but unfortunately, this didn't quite reach the level of other books in this genre that I've loved like Smile, Real Friends, and El Deafo. I think this book just maybe has less crossover appeal for general audiences. The other books I've mentioned are books that I feel children and adults can enjoy, but this one felt more like ...more
CUB is the story of 7th Grade student Cindy as she navigates a year in middle school (1972-1973). She is a shy kid who aims to stay under the radar, until a teacher connects her with a local reporter. Slowly, Cindy begins to come out of her shell, both in her writing and with her family and friends. Of course, this means she also becomes a bigger target for the school mean girls group...
I admit I don’t often read books ...more
While not quite as good as the best graphic non-fiction for middle-school readers, it's certainly a really good read. Because so much of the story is fixed in a specific time, it can be a little distracting. The main character is in 7th grade when Nixon is re-elected and the announcement of the end of the Vietnam war is made, so these things dominate the scenes in which she is learning about how to be a reporter. There is ...more
However, I do have to say that I agreed -and enjoyed- all that was there in this book. I was cheering for our 12 yo feminist reporter, photographer, artist, hybrid person all ...more
Our MC Cindy begins to shadow a female journalist and is taught how to write articles for her local newspaper.
Cub is a really good Coming-Of-Age story that shows Cindy trying to navigate life at school, life at home, life at work/job-shadowing, and also trying to navigate the highs and lows of friendships and dating. Cub shows Cindy come into her own and the hard but necessary journey along the way.
I love that the story is based in the 1970s ...more
Cub was an awesome read! I read this in one sitting and loved every page of it.
Even though Cub was a book way out of my normal genre - a children's nonfiction graphic novel, which I've never read before - I'm so glad that I got to experience it. Cub is a memoir about the author and her middle-school experience as a "cub reporter" in the 1970's, where she gets to be an intern for a local newspaper editor. Cub isn't just about ...more
Our main character, Cindy loves writing and her 7th grade teacher suggests she tag along with a ...more
A laugh-out-loud funny and empowering graphic memoir about growing up and finding your voice.
I like how the reader gets to see Cindy's progression from novice to trainee as she learns how to write like a journalist and find her purpose in the world. She develops as a person and learns to question the systematic oppression of the female voice in the media- teaching young readers how to make their voice heard. This graphic memoir gives easy tips on how to overcome the common mistakes an ...more
You have to know English isn’t my first language, so feel free to correct me if I make some mistakes while writing this review.
I don't think, as Italians, we can experience working as a (cub) journalist at the age of 12 - surely not where I grew up - but with all her middle school problems, heck if Cindy didn't bring me back to my time as a twelve-year-old girl.
It doesn't matter if it's ...more
I’m guessing this graphic novel will be a big hit with middle graders! It’s perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier’s books because it’s very similar to her books in style (and some of the themes). I especially loved that Copeland included empowering messages about young girls without hitting us over the head with them. She shows the ways that she was treated unequally without having a graphic novel that constantly ...more
However, even though I would have liked to give this book four stars, I docked it a star for its one-sided treatment of the ERA. ...more
She enjoys hanging with her friends, riding her tandem bike with her BFF, and trying to stay away from the predators, the kids who want to dominate the middle school food chain. One afternoon she visits with her English ...more
This is my first graphic memoir. In fact, I hadn’t heard of this until I was emailed with the opportunity to review this book. I am so glad that I said yes. I enjoyed this and will probably check out more graphic memoirs because I have found that this format makes it easily consumable. I liked that we got to experience middle school with Cindy, that part makes it easily relatable -if you are currently in middle school or ...more