Smells Like Trouble
by Marta Tedry
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Pub Date 12 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 01 Dec 2022
Center for Responsive Schools, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Winning the middle school science fair has been Dawn’s dream since elementary school. Her chronic anxiety makes participating scary, but she knows she can count on her best friend and science fair partner, James—a jokester who isn’t afraid of the spotlight—to do all the talking. But when James is accused of an over-the-top prank, he gets disqualified from entering the science fair. She knows he’s innocent, but her anxiety stops her from speaking up. Dawn must learn strategies to manage her anxiety if she’s going to go ahead with the science fair— and save her friendship.
A Note From the Publisher
Book Illustrator: Micah Amundsen
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Average rating from 24 members
Wow I've never read a book that talked about and showed executive dysfunction happening on a day to day basis like that!! So many people struggle with this, including me. This book did a really great job showing what anxiety and getting overwhelmed looks like from the perspective of the person with anxiety.
Smells Like Trouble by Marta Tedry is a excellent book for Junior High School children or young teens that are dealing with anxiety. This chapter book will teach you some create ways to try and help you get over your fear of anxiety. This chapter book will also show you how when you get in any type of trouble or problem to tell the truth because you will feel better about yourself and you will have a friend no matter what.
Thank you, Center for Responsive Schools, for the advance reading copy.
I absolutely love the graphic novel. The anxiety representation is done with great care and sensitivity. I appreciate the author's work and the facial expressions hit hard.
It is a story of a girl whose anxiety prevents her to participate in normal activities and it's affecting her school life. As much as her parents and friends are supportive, she still struggles everytime she has to participate in any activity.
However, when one of her closest friends gets in trouble for a prank he didn't necessarily do she knows she has to stand up and speak up about it.
The ending is everything. Such a good book and I can't help feeling it is going to be so underrated.
And yes the cover can be so much better! The content has so many better illustrations.