Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense

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Annie has just started high school and she’s a mess. Her older brother has told her that her freshman year will strongly affect the rest of her life, and if that’s true her future is looking grim: She’s a loser at sports, is jealous of everyone, and has totally fallen in love with her best friend’s older brother. When she gets cast as a moaning, hunched-over old lady in the school play, she starts to forget about the rest of her life. Now she just wants to make it through ...

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Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense

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Overview

Annie has just started high school and she’s a mess. Her older brother has told her that her freshman year will strongly affect the rest of her life, and if that’s true her future is looking grim: She’s a loser at sports, is jealous of everyone, and has totally fallen in love with her best friend’s older brother. When she gets cast as a moaning, hunched-over old lady in the school play, she starts to forget about the rest of her life. Now she just wants to make it through freshman year.

This unique take on the beginning of a new school venture will make the perfect back-to-school gift.

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“Mucha’s loose, comic strip inspired style perfectly renders short, snarky stories that paint a true picture of the bizarre world of high school.” — School Library Journal

YALSA Great Graphic Novel 2012

Honored as a Texas Library Association Maverick Graphic Novel

Honored by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center as a Recommended Graphic Novel for Teens
 

Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
For high school freshman Annie, the first year of high school is full of personal drama and crises. Annie's grade-obsessed older brother just told her that freshman year will affect the rest of her life, and Annie's convinced that her rotten social life and lack of sports skills will doom her to life as a grouchy old lady. To make matters worse, she's fallen in love with her new best friend's brother Luke, who just happens to be dating Annie's number one rival Veronica. But when Annie tries out for the school musical and gets cast as a 2000-year-old hag, she's convinced her dismal future has caught up with her. Can her friends and a possible spot as a singer in a new rock band pull Annie out of her funk? Or will she learn that freshman year really is the first step to a life of mediocrity? Told through a series of episodic chapters that focus on everything from locker combinations to student study strategies, this young adult graphic novel reads like a high school newspaper comic strip (albeit with more swearing). It is alternately funny and annoying as Annie moans about her pathetic life. The plot does start to picks up after Annie joins the school play and has to deal with the irony of playing a character who is basically a parody of her own self-pitying self, yet the graphic novel as a whole is full of hit-or-miss comic episodes. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981973364
  • Publisher: Zest Books
  • Publication date: 7/6/2011
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 620,690
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Lexile: GN300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Corinne Mucha is a Chicago-based author and illustrator. Among her credits are the Xeric Award-winning graphic novel My Alaskan Summer, several minicomics, and the Philadelphia Inquirer comic-strip etiquette column "Barnyard Etiquette."

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    Really liked this book and it made me laugh! Wish there were al

    Really liked this book and it made me laugh! Wish there were all the grades: Sophmore, Junior & Senior! My teenage daughter seemed to like it too and I hope some of it hits home and gives her an idea about life!

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    Cute book!

    Annie is 14 and starting her freshman year of high school. She is filled with all the normal insecurities most girls of her age go through. Before the first day of school her brother warns her that her freshman year of high school will set the stage for the rest of her life. Then on her first day of high school, a friend of hers that she had gone through every year of school with won't even let her sit with her table at lunch time. Poor Annie is beginning to think her brother might be right after all. The world she knew is not there anymore. Her friends are not friends, and boys are just well, boys. I think young girls and woman will enjoy this book. For those of us who are older we still remember what it was like starting high school. For young women you will find that your first year in high school will pass by very quickly and just think then you will be, a sophomore.

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