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Peanut

by Ayun Halliday
Illustrated by Paul Hoppe

Published by Schwartz & Wade, 2013
206 pages
ISBN: 978𢠥75-865909

Age 13 and older

A family move provides Sadie with the perfect opportunity to create a new梚f misguided梥chool persona. By faking a severe peanut allergy, she抣l be interesting to her new classmates and earn their instant sympathy. And in fact, although the mean girls she meets initially aren抰 worth the effort, Sadie does make a few new friends and even acquires an origami-folding, Luddite boyfriend named Zoo. However, trying to stay true to her peanut-allergy alter ego is a challenge. Not only does she have to constantly remember her 揷ondition, Sadie has to side-step the school nurse抯 increasingly urgent requests for a health form signed by her mom. The charade is exposed when a teacher believes Sadie has eaten a bake-sale cupcake containing nuts. Paramedics are called to the school, and soon everyone knows Sadie has lied. Her new friends are furious and Zoo feels betrayed. Sadie抯 humiliation and regret are painfully credible, but a glimmer of hope for the future sparks when Zoo makes an overture to stay connected. This fast-paced graphic novel employs a piece of red clothing to make Sadie immediately identifiable in the otherwise black-and-white illustrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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