All Vera wants to do is fit in — but that's not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera's single mother can't afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range: Russian summer camp.
Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!
With a deft combination of emotional honesty and rolling-on-the-floor humor, Vera Brosgol's story about trying to fit in and dealing with a fulfilled wish that's not all it cracked up to be will resonate with many young readers.
"Triumphs come, but not before she undergoes moments of humiliation that are both funny and cringeworthy ('Is that candy?' Vera asks her older tentmates about a pack of maxi-pads). The dialogue rings true, the pace is seamless, and the panel artwork, in woodsy browns and greens, conveys feelings with clean, assured lines. By turns sardonic, adorable, and noble, Vera is a beguiling hero who learns how to recognize who's really on her side." — Publishers Weekly
|10 and up
|Apr 24, 2018