*Starred Review* How bad was it in junior high? Comics artists visualize the anguish in this honest, acutely perceptive compendium of cartoon black humor. Editor Schrag, who relived her high-school years in several books, including Potential
(2000), adds herself to an impressive roundup of artists, including Aaron Reiner (Spiral-Bound,
2004), Lauren Weinstein (Girl Stories,
2005), and Daniel Clowes, whose comics were adapted into an Oscar-nominated movie, Ghost World
. Occasionally repetitious, the comics nevertheless hit the mark in terms of emotional content, whether the subject is making friends, embarrassing parents, or suffering through a first date. Wildly disparate in style, the black, white, and gray-tone artwork ranges from Eric Enright's minimalist contribution, with figures that look like toddler toys, and Jace Smith's freewheeling, bug-eyed monster-kid comic to Joe Matt's stark, crisply drawn contribution. Kids going through adolescence will relate; so will those who have come out on the other side. Stephanie ZvirinCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"How bad was it in junior high? Comic artists visualize the anguish in this honest, acutely perceptive compendium….Kids going through adolescence will relate."
—Booklist, starred review