By Svetlana Chmakova
Published by Yen Press
Recommended for children of 8-12 years
SUNSPOTS! Jensen, a character briefly met in Svetlana Chmakova’s previous book Awkward, has an obsession about warning the world of the horrors of sunspots. We all remember that period when we had a passion that no one seemed to understand. Continuing the fantastic middle school universe from Awkward, we see Jensen trying to navigate warring friends, bullies, and finding a way to have his voice heard. I loved how the author spotlights that we should never trivialise bullying, and uses Jensen and his friends as a way of showing kids how to deal with these situations. That we shouldn’t run away, but try to be brave.