Thank you so much to Algonquin Young Readers for reaching out to me about being in a blog tour for Cub. This is such a fun graphic memoir about finding your voice.
Author: Cynthia L. Copeland
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Genres: MG Graphic Memoir
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Twelve-year-old Cindy has just dipped a toe into seventh-grade drama—with its complicated friendships, bullies, and cute boys—when she earns an internship as a cub reporter at a local newspaper in the early 1970s. A (rare) young female reporter takes Cindy under her wing, and Cindy soon learns not only how to write a lede, but also how to respectfully question authority, how to assert herself in a world run by men, and—as the Watergate scandal unfolds—how brave reporting and writing can topple a corrupt world leader. Searching for her own scoops, Cindy doesn’t always get it right, on paper or in real life. But whether she’s writing features about ghost hunters, falling off her bicycle and into her first crush, or navigating shifting friendships, Cindy grows wiser and more confident through every awkward and hilarious mistake.
- The art is fun and cartoon-y, with bright colors and expressive characters, perfect for depicting the 70s, and perfect for the MG audience.
- The use of 70s slang like “rad,” “far out,” and “neato” among others without any irony whatsoever had me giggling.
The main thread of this graphic memoir is Cindy’s becoming a Cub reporter for her local newspaper. I loved seeing her excitement for this new job, and the way her growth in writing is shown is so clever! It shows her typed-up articles with her mentor’s critiques and notes on it, and they slowly got better and better. That was such a cool thing to see.
On the other hand, that wasn’t the only way Cindy grew! She has to deal with a lot of friendship drama, boys, and some bullying, and while she’s learning to gain a voice through her writing, you can see her finding her voice among her friends as well. It ends with an incredibly satisfying climax that just had me grinning like crazy.
I think kids will really relate to Cindy’s journey and will be empowered to find their own voice and their own passions. I felt so warm and happy while reading this book. It has fun humor, fun art, and several beautiful messages about accepting who you are and speaking up about what you care about. I would definitely recommend it.