Positively Izzy* is the second book in the drama-filled world of Emmie & Friends. It’s a spin-off of Invisible Emmie, starring Emmie’s lovably brainy bff, Brianna, and an entirely new character, Izzy. This book is perfect for anyone who likes humor, heart, and ridiculously fun drawings. Ages 8-12.
*note: all these books can be read in order as written or as stand-alones.
Middle school is all about labels.
Izzy is the dreamer. There’s nothing Izzy loves more than acting in skits and making up funny stories. The downside? She can never quite focus enough to get her schoolwork done.
Bri is the brain. But she wants people to see there’s more to her than just a report card full of As. At the same time, she wishes her mom would accept her the way she is and stop bugging her to “break out of her shell” and join drama club.
The girls’ lives converge in unexpected ways on the day of a school talent show, which turns out to be even more dramatic than either Bri or Izzy could have imagined.
You can order IZZY, hardcover or paperback, from any of these sites (or go to your favorite indie bookstore!):
“Libenson captures middle-school dramas—family, friendships, crushes, stereotypes, grades, self-discovery—with candor, fast pacing, and authentic, relatable characters. Positively satisfying.” (The Horn Book)
“Libenson nicely touches on classic middle-grade tropes, such as shifting friendships, crushes, and developing confidence. A poignant twist ending adds a heartening note to an already charming story.” (Booklist)
“The story is light but resonant for middle graders, with constant comedic asides in the illustrations.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“It’s refreshing to see how these kids address issues of friendship and getting to understand other people better (including their family members) without it needing to be high drama. It’s comforting and encouraging, aided by the welcoming cartoons. A great read for kids wanting more graphic novels about their age group.” – Comics Worth Reading
“With bright and colorful comic panels, this is a story of middle school that many will relate to and has plenty of exciting twists.” – Mid-Ohio Valley Parent magazine