Libenson, Terri

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Terri Libenson is the cartoonist of the Reuben Award-winning syndicated comic strip, The Pajama Diaries, as well as the author of “Invisible Emmie,” a best-selling illustrated middle grade novel from HarperCollins. She was also an award-winning humorous card writer and illustrator for American Greetings. She lives with her husband, Mike, and their two daughters in Cleveland, Ohio.

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BECOMING BRIANNA (2020)

Middle school is full of challenges.

Everyone knows how much brainy Bri likes the spotlight (not). So why did she ever agree to something that forces her to learn a new language, give a speech, help organize a party, and juggle drama at school and home?! As the big event inches closer, Bri wonders if it’s all worth it. . . .

Told in alternating past and present chapters, Bri’s heartwarming story unfolds over the eight months leading up to her bat mitzvah—as well as over the course of the big day itself. (Ages 8-12)

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POSITIVELY IZZY (2018)

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! (Ages 8-12)

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INVISIBLE EMMIE (2017)

This is the story of two totally different girls—quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie—and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day, when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands. All the crushes, humiliations, boredom, and drama of middle school are compressed into one surprising day in this extraordinary novel. (Ages 8-12)

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