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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  72 reviews
A laugh-out-loud funny and empowering graphic memoir about growing up and finding your voice.

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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers
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    Christi M
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley, other
    Cub, a graphic novel memoir, is a refreshing look at what it was like to grow up as a female in the school year of 1972 as we get to watch a young middle-grader navigate through friendships, boys, job/future opportunities, bullies, and more.

    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
    *thank you to Netgalley, Algonquin Young Readers and Cynthia L Copeland for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

    4 stars.

    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.
    Discovering a knack for writing, Cindy's 7th grade English teacher suggests she consider a career in it. But never having met a writer before -- this was the early 70s before the internet made them more accessible -- her teacher tracks down a local female reporter to show her the behind-the-scenes of being a journalist. Cindy's interest grows, as does her experience, and she knows she's found her passion when she sees her name in print for the first time.

    But this isn't just a graphic memoir
    chloe ♡
    a big thank you to algonquin young readers for sending me an advanced readers' copy in exchange for an honest review.

    4.5 stars

    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
    Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon

    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
    laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    An absolutely adorable middle grade graphic memoir about growing up and finding your voice!

    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,
    Cathi - LovesBooksMore
    Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Loved this! As a mother of two teen girls this girl empowerment book really hit home. I didn’t grown up in the 70’s, but I was born in them. This book can relate to all girls on all levels of early teen drama and getting into adult ‘real-world’ issues. It was inspirational to put a female as the main character in the limelight.
    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,
    Ms. Yingling
    Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

    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
    Jill Jemmett
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed this book!

    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,
    Melanie Dulaney
    Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
    Cynthia Copeland’s graphic novel is very similar to new ones by Shannon Hale, Maria Scrivan and others. Seems like personal retrospectives directed at girls are the latest trend in the genre, but with positive themes like finding your own voice and being happy in your own skin also being a part of those books, this librarian is OK with the similar feel in many recent releases. In “Cub,” young Cindy equates life in 1970s junior high with the predator-prey dynamic in the animal kingdom and battles ...more
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This graphic novel looks at life in middle school during the 1970’s, a time filled with bullies, bell bottoms, and possibilities. Cindy is in seventh grade and dealing with being one of the prey in a school with plenty of predators, particularly mean girls. Cindy plays dead and doesn’t react to the comments of people like Evie Exley, so they leave her alone. Cindy loves reading and creating art, so when her favorite English teacher suggests that she become a writer, Cindy jumps at the chance. ...more
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

    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
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received an ARC at NCTE (and immediately read it!). Thank you, Algonquin!

    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
    I read this from an ARC, so I haven't seen the color version of the art.
    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
    Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Look, I'm not going to sit here and pretend I know what a good book for a 12 yo is. There's this scene in this book where the older reporter who is mentoring our cub gives her The Second Sex, The Feminist Mystique and Silent Spring to read. I'd do that and even i didn't get through The second sex. So I'm kind of a bad judge.
    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
    Cub is the story of a "cub" reporter in the 1970's.
    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
    Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Cub is an absolute genius way to tell your story! I was a little worried about reading this because I tend to not read memoirs. It could be from all the years of having to do research papers for school, but memoirs just don't do it for me. I enjoyed every page of this! There were moments where I had to remind myself of the time period, but I thought it was interesting to see how much time has changed, but how much it also stayed the same. The accurate description of what it junior school is like ...more
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Thanks to Algonquin Young Readers for sending me an ARC of this book!

    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
    Katie Lawrence
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this! More later, but this was great! Especially as a former high school news reporter, I appreciated all of the details about writing for a paper. I also loved the strong 70's vibe, I feel like it's hard to find books about the 70's for middle grade readers. The fact that this is a graphic memoir means it will go like gangbusters at my library. I'm thrilled that readers will find it!
    Lara Lillibridge
    Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is a fun historical fiction graphic novel (based on true events). Mean girls AKA "the predators" are tough to navigate no matter the era, and this story about finding your tribe and your voice will resonate with kids of all ages. Copeland's juxtaposition of common social stresses with the historic rise of feminism, Watergate, and Vietnam make a compelling read.
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Read ARC: This was a great graphic memoir. Defintely for the Smile/Sisters/Guts crowd as it is biographical and takes place in a similiar time period.
    Queen Cronut
    For fans of Smile and Real Friends, Cynthia Copeland's memoir follows Cindy, an aspiring reporter trying to navigate through the challenges of middle school (mean girls, dating, figuring out who you are, etc). It was a pretty cute story with relatable themes and I loved how it incorporated 1970s news while also including feministic ideals as journalism was predominately led by men. While I enjoyed reading this one, I didn't connect with it as much and felt that the story lacked some depth in ...more
    Cassie Thomas
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this graphic novel so much! What a great way to inspire students to follow their dreams!
    Candyce Kirk
    Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    In all honesty, I don't know much about the '70s, except for what you hear on the news and some of the history I learned in high school. Cub takes us back and we see everything through Cindy's eyes. This may be her memoir, but I loved the history part of this story. I thought it was amazing how the author incorporated that in this graphic memoir. I definitely learned some new facts while reading.

    Our main character, Cindy loves writing and her 7th grade teacher suggests she tag along with a
    Lucy Goodfellow
    4 Stars

    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
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    First of all, thanks to NetGalley and Algonquin Books for sending me an eARC in exchange for a honest review.
    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
    Nicole Hewitt
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    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
    Panda Incognito
    This graphic novel is delightful and engaging, exploring the usual ups and downs of middle school against the backdrop of seventies cultural and world events. In this sense, it is similar to the Sunny series, but because this book is based on the author's experiences working as a cub reporter for her local newspaper, it has a particularly unique and inspiring appeal.

    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.
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Cynthia Copeland tells her story as a middle school kid in 1972 and 73. A crossroads in our nation’s history as women’s rights, the war in Vietnam, environmentalism, Watergate, and fashion try to distract her from the wild kingdom in the halls of Litchfield Junior High School.

    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
    Jan 23, 2020 added it
    I received a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

    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
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