THE POPULARITY PAPERS: THE LONG-DISTANCE DISPATCH BETWEEN LYDIA GOLDBLATT AND JULIE GRAHAM-CHANG, by Amy Ignatow (Amulet 2011)(ages 9-13). As best friends Julie and Lydia are preparing for the first day of junior high, Lydia gets the worst news ever: Her mom is moving them to London for six whole months!
They vow that even England won't break up their friendship and that when Lydia comes back, they'll be HUGELY POPULAR! Over the next six months, Julie seems to be living her dream: she becomes a member of the popular clique, the Bichons. And, in the UK, Lydia takes charge of a group of outsiders (although they might just be frightened of her)...Can their friendship ever survive?
This second book in the POPULARITY PAPERS series of graphic novels offers a funny and genuine look at the vicissitudes of junior high popularity. And culture shock. The characters -- adults and children alike -- are (at times) engagingly clueless, exuberantly emotive, and charming.