“You are who the other kids say you are. But I’m not okay with that. I’ll say who I am.”
– Cynthia L. Copeland, Cub
Twelve-year-old Cindy has just dipped a toe into seventh-grade drama—with its complicated friendships, bullies, and cute boys—when she earns an internship as a cub reporter at a local newspaper in the early 1970s. A (rare) young female reporter takes Cindy under her wing, and Cindy soon learns not only how to write a lede, but also how to respectfully question authority, how to assert herself in a world run by men, and—as the Watergate scandal unfolds—how brave reporting and writing can topple a corrupt world leader. Searching for her own scoops, Cindy doesn’t always get it right, on paper or in real life. But whether she’s writing features about ghost hunters, falling off her bicycle and into her first crush, or navigating shifting friendships, Cindy grows wiser and more confident through every awkward and hilarious mistake.
Thanks to @algonquinyr @algonquinbooks I got to read Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland – a super cute middle-grade graphic memoir about her time as a 12 yr old just beginning 7th grade.
This was such an easy read, the illustrations were so suited to the style of writing and I instantly felt a connection to the characters. I was transported back to my early school years.
There was a great commentary on how the ’70s were still so male-dominated – women weren’t asked about their hopes and dreams, they were just expected to do their duty as an at-home-wife. Cynthia L. Copeland did a fantastic job at breaking down this conversation in a way that makes it easier for younger readers to understand. I felt totally empowered by the end of this, and would without a doubt recommend this to any parent who’s children are second-guessing themselves.
4 from me