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 Cindy soon learns not only how to write a lede, but also how to respectfully question authority, how to assert herself in a world run by men, and—as the Watergate scandal unfolds—how brave reporting and writing can topple a corrupt world leader. Searching for her own scoops, Cindy doesn’t always get it right, on paper or in real life. But whether she’s writing features about ghost hunters, falling off her bicycle and into her first crush, or navigating shifting friendships, Cindy grows wiser and more confident through every awkward and hilarious mistake.
|Publisher:||Algonquin Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Cynthia L. Copeland is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 25 books, including Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me and The Diaper Diaries. Her books have sold more than a million copies in eight languages, and have been featured on Good Morning America, selected for Oprah’s “O List” in O: The Oprah Magazine, and recommended by Ann Landers. Ms. Copeland lives in New Hampshire with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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 and that it's more of a "modern" historical fiction. I also loved that the actual things that were taking place in the news at the time the story takes place, are also talked about in the book.
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, she made new friends, who she didn’t expect to like. This was a great graphic novel! Thank you Algonquin Young Readers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love this take on the coming of age genre. While Cindy has to deal with all the friendship drama common to 12-year-olds of every generation, her internship as a cub reporter allows us a glimpse into the news stories of the time, and a sense of the larger political drama of the time. Copeland's juxtaposition of common social stresses with the historic rise of feminism, Watergate, and Vietnam make a compelling read. It’s hard to believe I’m old enough for my childhood to be historical fiction, but that made it extra enjoyable for me. Since it is set in the not-too-distant past, it can allow young readers to feel what it was like to be female in the 1970s, and see how far we’ve come. My 11-year-old is partial to graphic novels, so I am always on the lookout for them, particularly of the social issue variety. The illustrations are bright, expressive, and enhance the fast-paced story. Get your copy online at IndieBound, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or find it at your local bookstore or library. Thanks to Algonquin Young Readers for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.