All Vera wants to do is fit in – but that’s not easy for a Russian girl who’s just moved to the US suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of thing, but there’s one summer camp that is in her price range – Russian summer camp.

Vera is sure she’s found the one place where she can fit in. But camp turns out to be different from how she imagined it. And nothing could prepare her for all the ‘cool girl’ drama, endless Russian history lessons, and worst of all . . . outhouses!

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Praise for Be Prepared

Be Prepared is a complete delight… Vera is a heroine for the ages.”—The New York Times

“Beautifully drawn, brutally funny, brilliantly honest. Vera is such a good cartoonist I almost can’t stand it.” – Raina Telgemeier

“While the culturally specific references will particularly resonate with kids of Russian heritage, the larger story will strike chords with any kid who has ever struggled to find a place to belong.”—Kirkus

“There’s no real villainy here, just the quotidian slings and arrows carelessly shot by kids more concerned with fun than empathy. That makes Vera a character with appeal to every tween who’s ever felt disappointed by peers—or by a fulfilled wish that didn’t live up to its bright, shiny promise.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

The Author

Be Prepared was written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol

Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, and moved to the United States when she was five. Her first graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost, was published by First Second and won Eisner, Cybil, and Harvey Awards. Her picture book Leave Me Alone was a 2017 Caldecott Honor book. She was a storyboard artist for Laika for ten years, working on animated films including Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. She lives in Portland, Oregon and actually really likes camping now.


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