Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland
You are who the other kids say you are.
But I'm not OK with that.
I'll say who I am.
Established author Cynthia L. Copeland’s first graphic novel sparkles with wit and warmth.
Twelve-year -old Cindy navigates a tightrope of middle school complexities: shifting alliances among the microcosm of students, moving from platonic relationships to the first stirrings of romantic interest, and a growing awareness of the world beyond junior high school.
Divided into the three seasons of the school year, Cub introduces fresh-faced and free-wheeling Cindy entering seventh-grade. An individualist, she's not part of the vicious circle who take pleasure in taunting other students. She copes by appearing "dead," that is invisible and unresponsive to personal attacks.
Small details highlight the 1970's era: candy buttons attached to paper strips, flared jeans, troll figure collections, memories shown as a scattering of Polaroid snapshots.
Faces are rendered with simple eyes and noses. It's the expressive eyebrows and mouths, especially a mouth full of braces which poignantly reveal emotion.