Blog Tour| Cub – Cynthia L. Copeland

In all honesty, Cub wasn’t on my radar. Not until the publisher contacted me to see if I wanted to be a part of the blog tour. This middle grade graphic memoir sounded really interesting, so I couldn’t say no. Cub is out in the world tomorrow, but today I wanted to talk about what I thought!

A big thanks to Algonquin Young Readers for providing me with a Netgalley widget to read and review!

Blog Tour| Cub – Cynthia L. Copeland

A laugh-out-loud funny and empowering graphic memoir about growing up and finding your voice.
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.

Cub by Cynthia L Copeland
Published by Algonquin Young Readers on 07/01/2020
Genres: Memoir
Pages: 240
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley


In all honesty, I don’t know much about the ’70s, except for what you hear on the news and some of the history I learned in high school. Cub takes us back and we see everything through Cindy’s eyes. This may be her memoir, but I loved the history part of this story. I thought it was amazing how the author incorporated that in this graphic memoir. I definitely learned some new facts while reading.

Our main character, Cindy loves writing and her 7th grade teacher suggests she tag along with a female journalist during the school year. Of course, this is a great adventure for Cindy. I loved how much this journalist was a role model to Cindy in such a positive way. My favorite part was the fact that she learned a lot from Cindy as well. We also get a glimpse at the articles Cindy writes as time goes on and this was such a fun touch.

“I know how it’s supposed to work in seventh grade: you are who other kids say you are. But I’m not ok with that. I’ll say who I am. I’ll write my own story.”

Cub isn’t only about journalism, writing and thinking about future careers. Cindy is a 12 year old and she’s starting to grow up and things are changing. Her best friend starts talking to someone Cindy sees as a bully and she hates that things are starting to change. That is until a new girl moves to their town and she sees the world through her eyes. I think Cindy learns that things change and eve she sees things differently than in the past. Her first crush and boyfriend also come in to play and it really takes on everything 12 years olds start to experience.

Not only does Cub have an amazing storyline, but the graphics are a lot of fun and fit this memoir perfectly. I really enjoyed Cub and think it’s good for the middle grade age group, along with adults like me who love learning more as well. I think most of us can remember what it was like being that age as well.

This was such a creative way to write a memoir and perfect for this age group! I really enjoyed this story and hope more memoirs are published this way! Have you ever read a graphic memoir? I’d love to know if you have!

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