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Peanut (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

Peanut (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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by Ayun Halliday

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Before you write me off as a delusional psycho, think about what it's like to be thrown into a situation where everyone knows everyone... and no one knows you. Sadie has the perfect plan to snag some friends when she transfers to Plainfield High—pretend to have a peanut allergy. But what happens when you have to hand in that student health form your


Before you write me off as a delusional psycho, think about what it's like to be thrown into a situation where everyone knows everyone... and no one knows you. Sadie has the perfect plan to snag some friends when she transfers to Plainfield High—pretend to have a peanut allergy. But what happens when you have to hand in that student health form your unsuspecting mom was supposed to fill out? And what if your new friends want to come over and your mom serves them snacks? (Peanut butter sandwich, anyone?) And then there's the bake sale, when your teacher thinks you ate a brownie with peanuts. Graphic coming-of-age novels have huge cross-over potential, and Peanut is sure to appeal to adults and teens alike.

"A smart, affecting graphic young adult novel." —The New York Times

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Inventing a deadly peanut allergy isn’t the first thing the average teenager would think of to make herself more interesting, but Halliday (Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo) takes the idea and runs with it. The moment that sophomore Sadie Wildhack puts her scheme into action, tension starts to build. Chatter from new classmates (“I’m like ‘Oh my God, stop acting like you’ve got cancer!’”) makes it clear Sadie will find little sympathy. Commentary from homeroom teacher Mr. Larch provides just the right ironic counterpoint: “Ladies, please! This is algebra, not some tatty Guy de Maupassant story.” The story’s arc is a long, slow fall into public embarrassment; only the attention of Chris “Zoo” Suzuki, a Luddite who hand-delivers his love notes because he doesn’t have a cellphone, saves Sadie from complete social failure. In loose gray cartoons accented with coral, Hoppe (Hat) provides maximum visual information without drawing attention to himself, nailing sequences like one in which Sadie imagines confessing, but struggles to find the words. It’s not easy being both hip and life- affirming, but this team has the secret formula. Ages 11–14. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Jan.)¦
VOYA - Laura Panter
Sadie has lived in eight houses since birth, never spending many years at any school she attends. Fitting in at a new school is complete torture for Sadie when everyone knows everyone and no one knows her. With plans to make an impression at Plainfield Community High School, Sadie’s brilliant idea is to tell everyone she has a peanut allergy. She even goes as far as ordering a specialized medical bracelet online. At first, this gains her tons of attention, new friends, and a boyfriend. Her carefully constructed new life at PCHS comes crashing down when a teacher discovers she has eaten a chocolate zucchini cake with a walnut center. As the paramedics rush to Sadie’s aid, she must confess her lies to the nurse, her teachers, and her classmates. From shining star to shunned outcast, Sadie must live with the consequences of her actions, wondering if her storytelling was really worth it. Halliday and Hoppe have written a realistic graphic novel about teenage insecurity and the desire to belong. Emphasis is put on the importance of Sadie having friends, which will resonate with teenage girls who put popularity at a premium. Information on what teens really go through having a life threatening food allergy gives other teens an educational awareness for peers who have to check everything they eat each day. The black-and-white illustrations are well drawn, with the choice to depict Sadie wearing a red top in each frame a symbolic color for her situation. This is a good selection for both public and school libraries with graphic novel collections. Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
A faked allergy spins wildly out of control in this prosaic graphic novel. Starting at a new school, sophomore Sadie Wildhack is led by first-day jitters to concoct one whopper of a lie: She informs her classmates that she is gravely allergic to peanuts. Her feigned condition serves as the perfect segue into new conversations, and it eventually helps Sadie find friends and even a handsome boyfriend named Zoo. As most lies do, Sadie's catches up with her, and predictably, she is forced to confess to her prolonged pretense. While the theme of the story is universal (lying is bad!), here it is sadly pedestrian in its execution, verging on didactic. The notion of faking a peanut allergy feels juvenile, something better suited to a middle schooler than a high school student. Despite this, Hoppe's artistic style helps add some interest. Sadie's feelings of unease are visually palpable, evinced through her always-red shirt (and many wardrobe changes) set adrift against a backdrop of blacks, whites and grays. With its odd subject, this at times feels like an after school special, trying to show how relevant and edgy it could be, and is reminiscent of the failed Minx line from DC Comics. If readers can suspend some disbelief and simply roll with what's offered, perhaps this will work for them. (Graphic fiction. 12 & up)

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Meet the Author

AYUN HALLIDAY is the author of the picture book, Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo, and four memoirs, notably No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late. She writes and illustrates the East Village Inky, a parenting zine. She lives with her husband, Greg Kotis, the creator of the Tony-winning musical Urinetown, and two children. 

PAUL HOPPE is the author and illustrator of two picture books, Hat and The Woods. He also illustrated Metal Man by Aaron Reynolds. He is the co-founder of the comic anthology, Rabid Rabbit.

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Peanut 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
My daughter received this book to read and I loved the solid blue cover with a single raised peanut in the center so much I decided to read and review it myself. Being the mother of two daughters, fifteen and nine, I could absolutely relate to everything poor Sadie was going through. The teen years are some the hardest years of a girls life and all they want to do is fit in, be liked, and do well (for the most part) but it rarely goes this smoothly. Sadie is a high schooler who recently transfers in to a new school and wanting to fit in and give her peers something to remember her by, tells them she has a severe peanut allergy, hence the title and nickname peanut. The downfall is trying to live her lie when she doesn't actually have a peanut allergy, or any allergy for that fact. The author did a great job showing the reader just how difficult high school still is and all of the agonies and drama that go hand in hand. You couldn't pay me enough to relive my teenage years. Fantastic addition to my graphic novel collection!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great graphic narrative about the troubles of being a kid. Loved it,!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a very interesting plot that teenagers can relate to. I think it accurately portrays a real-life situation and how to deal with it. This book has exceptional illustrations and even without the illustrations, this book would still be good because the words are powerful and make you emotional. The characters are well structured and you get to know them well. In the end, Sadie and "Zoo" learn lessons and end up tying the loose ends. This story solves up just enough problems, but still leaves some things to be pondered about. This book is very good and it would be recommended to kids/teens from ages of about 10 and up :) .