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In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different --- math is hard, getting along with friends is hard...Even finding a partner for the class project is a huge problem when you always get picked last. And the pressure's on even more once the school newspaper's dynamic duo, Jenny and Akilah, draw Jensen into the whirlwind of school news, social-experiment projects and behind-the-scenes club drama. Jensen has always played the middle school game one level at a time, but suddenly, someone's cranked up the difficulty setting. Will those daring daydreams of his finally work in his favor, or will he have to find real solutions to his real-life problems? The charming world of Berrybrook Middle School gets a little bigger in this highly anticipated follow-up to Svetlana Chmakova's award-winning AWKWARD with a story about a boy who learns his own way of being brave!

Svetlana Chmakova's AWKWARD was an instant hit with middle grade readers in 2015, being named one of YALSA's Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2016 and earning an Eisner nomination in the Best Publications for Teens category. Now Chmakova returns to the halls of Berrybrook Middle School, hot on the heels of this success, with BRAVE!

Click here to see the 35 winners selected to receive a copy of the book.

by Svetlana Chmakova


Allison from Yorktown, VA
Allison from East Providence, RI
Angela from Niceville, FL
Angela from Columbus, OH
Angie from South Elgin, IL
Ann from Wappingers Falls, NY
Anne from Emmett, MI
Cathy from Irving, TX
Chrisy from Lake Mary, FL
Connie from Coronado, CA
Daniel from Bethesda, MD
Denis from Belfast, ME
Diana from Towson, MD
Edward from Florence, KY
Farrah from Midland, NC
Jae from Lucerne Valley, CA
Jane from Nazareth, PA
Jennifer from Oklahoma City, OK
Jerry from Oak Forest, IL
Jessie from King George, VA
Joanne from Glenview, IL
Johannah from Clifton, VA
John from Jasper, TX
Julie from Pittsboro, NC
Lily from Las Vegas, NV
Marcie from San Diego, CA
Paige from Dallas, TX
Rachel from Zachary, LA
Roger from Queen Creek, AZ
Shannon from Moab, UT
Susan from Bucyrus, OH
Tina from Carlisle, OH
Vera from Stonewall, LA
Vergie from New Site, MS
Vickie from Collinsville, MS