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Peanut by Ayun Halliday, Paul Hoppe

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375865909
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/26/2012
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 400,612
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: HL470L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About 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 :) .