Peanut (Library Binding)

By Ayun Halliday, Paul Hoppe (Illustrator)

Schwartz & Wade Books, 9780375965906, 206pp.

Publication Date: December 26, 2012

Winter 2012 Kids Next List

“This graphic novel follows Sadie, a 10th grader, who has just transferred to a new school. To make herself appear more interesting, Sadie fakes a peanut allergy, which ends up landing her a boyfriend and a group of interested friends in spite of her duplicity. Peanut is incredibly accurate in its depiction of teenage life, including language and emotions, but it also remarkably portrays the ignorance of food allergies to non-sufferers. An important book on many levels.”
— Halley Pucker, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
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""Before you write me off as a delusional psycho, think about what it's like to be thrown into a situation where everyone knows everyone . . . and no one knows you."" Sadie has the perfect plan to snag some friends when she transfers to Plainfield High pretend to have a peanut allergy. But what happens when you have to hand in that student health form your unsuspecting mom was supposed to fill out? And what if your new friends want to come over and your mom serves them snacks? (Peanut butter sandwich, anyone?) And then there's the bake sale, when your teacher thinks you ate a brownie with peanuts. Graphic coming-of-age novels have huge cross-over potential, and Peanut is sure to appeal to adults and teens alike.

About the Author

AYUN HALLIDAY is the author of the picture book, "Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo, " and four memoirs, notably" No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late." She writes and illustrates the "East Village Inky, " a parenting zine. She lives with her husband, Greg Kotis, the creator of the Tony-winning musical "Urinetown, " and two children.

PAUL HOPPE is the author and illustrator of two picture books, "Hat "and" The Woods." He also illustrated "Metal Man" by Aaron Reynolds. He is the co-founder of the comic anthology, "Rabid Rabbit.""