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For fans of Smile and Real Friends comes a debut graphic novel about friendship and finding where you "click" in middle school. Olive wants to get in on the act . . . . . . Any act! Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade—until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her frie For fans of Smile and Real Friends comes a debut graphic novel about friendship and finding where you "click" in middle school. Olive wants to get in on the act . . . . . . Any act! Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade—until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up?         Author-illustrator Kayla Miller has woven together a heartfelt and insightful story about navigating friendships, leaning on family, and learning to take the stage in the most important role of all.  


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For fans of Smile and Real Friends comes a debut graphic novel about friendship and finding where you "click" in middle school. Olive wants to get in on the act . . . . . . Any act! Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade—until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her frie For fans of Smile and Real Friends comes a debut graphic novel about friendship and finding where you "click" in middle school. Olive wants to get in on the act . . . . . . Any act! Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade—until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up?         Author-illustrator Kayla Miller has woven together a heartfelt and insightful story about navigating friendships, leaning on family, and learning to take the stage in the most important role of all.  

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Monica

    This is a sweet graphic novel for middle schoolers. The illustrations are adorable, as is the colouring. It’s a story that deals with an issue that can be disheartening but remains very positive and solution-focused throughout. There is a talent show at Olive’s school and while she’d love to be part of it, not one of her many friends has asked her to join their group. She doesn’t want to force herself into one so she’s feeling down and unsure of how to proceed. Luckily, she has an amazingly resou This is a sweet graphic novel for middle schoolers. The illustrations are adorable, as is the colouring. It’s a story that deals with an issue that can be disheartening but remains very positive and solution-focused throughout. There is a talent show at Olive’s school and while she’d love to be part of it, not one of her many friends has asked her to join their group. She doesn’t want to force herself into one so she’s feeling down and unsure of how to proceed. Luckily, she has an amazingly resourceful aunt, a caring mother and an interested younger brother to inspire, support and encourage her. But Olive must do more than listen to the people around her; she must also listen to herself. I’m giving it three stars because it’s a decent story with a main character most readers will be able to relate to and cutesy graphics. On the other hand, it is overly educational and positive at times. I don’t think I have never known someone to have quite as many friends as Olive does. It doesn't feel one hundred percent realistic. But good for her. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  2. 5 out of 5

    Raina

    The Raina Telgemeier fans are going to eat this up. I took this out to local elementary schools in May/June 2019, and many kids asked me to talk about this one - kids totally gravitate to the cover. The illustrations are super accessible, full-color, easy to follow, tell the story well. There were a few moments when I wanted the illustrations to rest in a moment a little longer - i.e. go to a full-page panel for something, but it was mostly very effective. The cast is realistically diverse, and The Raina Telgemeier fans are going to eat this up. I took this out to local elementary schools in May/June 2019, and many kids asked me to talk about this one - kids totally gravitate to the cover. The illustrations are super accessible, full-color, easy to follow, tell the story well. There were a few moments when I wanted the illustrations to rest in a moment a little longer - i.e. go to a full-page panel for something, but it was mostly very effective. The cast is realistically diverse, and I liked the relationships with adults as modeled in the story (yeah, Aunt Molly). The word count is relatively low for a book aimed at the upper elementary age group. There are whole spreads with no words at all. It reminded me of Little Robot in that way, though the content is definitely aimed a couple years older. As such, it makes a great hi-lo, reluctant reader pick. This book is titled Click, and deals with struggling to find "your group." The inference is that we're talking about cliques, although I can't remember if that spelling is ever used. Although ultimately the message is about finding your place without needing a clique, it's not particularly down on cliques either. The cliques demonstrated here aren't particularly exclusionary, it should be said. We're not talking about mean girls and bullying, just finding your niche or sub-group. It was a bit of a different take on cliques than I've seen before, to the point where I've found myself feeling a touch conflicted about it. Maybe because Miller dances so close to the word Clique without actually addressing the societal phenomenon's historical problems. Meh, I did research in grad school on "clique lit," so I may be overthinking things, like I'm wont to do. :) Curious about others' thoughts on the topic, particularly as it relates to this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    What a cute middle grade graphic novel! I loved the story and the artwork. Olive was such a likeable character and I can't wait for the next book in this series!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hilda

    Places, everyone...Olive just wants to find hers. This was such a cute books and I loved Olive's #HomeTeam her true click, her family. Family was big in this story. It was so evident that they loved each other and were always going to help each other. I loved her mom and aunt. How different they were and would still, as adults, would fight. It was both real and endearing. They would fight but also loved each other very much. And they loved Olivia and her brother Simon just as much if not more. Ol Places, everyone...Olive just wants to find hers. This was such a cute books and I loved Olive's #HomeTeam her true click, her family. Family was big in this story. It was so evident that they loved each other and were always going to help each other. I loved her mom and aunt. How different they were and would still, as adults, would fight. It was both real and endearing. They would fight but also loved each other very much. And they loved Olivia and her brother Simon just as much if not more. Olive had to deal with two very big problems. 1) Not being included 2) How to tell your friend "no" without them hating you. The story itself was kind of simple to me. It was cute but not too deep. However, I can see this book being a great platform to talk about these issues. How do you ask to be included OR how to do you include others? How do you build relationships? How do you tell a friend no without losing that friendship? The topics were deep. I just wish the story had a little more meat to it. The solutions seemed too easy, but I'm an adult. I know my students would love this story and want to put on a play. GAH! I still remember the group that was fascinated with puppets. Side note, no one tells you going into education the things you will research and purchase for your students.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    This is one that I would definitely recommend for a middle grade audience that likes books by Raina Telegmeier. While this wasn't as good as anything written by Telegmeier, I do believe that it does its job reaching its target audience. The plot of the story wasn't truly that engaging, but I do understand that inability to relate comes from my age. I think that kids that are struggling with fitting into certain cliques or cliques in general may benefit from reading this book. I loved the artwork This is one that I would definitely recommend for a middle grade audience that likes books by Raina Telegmeier. While this wasn't as good as anything written by Telegmeier, I do believe that it does its job reaching its target audience. The plot of the story wasn't truly that engaging, but I do understand that inability to relate comes from my age. I think that kids that are struggling with fitting into certain cliques or cliques in general may benefit from reading this book. I loved the artwork, but couldn't find it in myself to give it four stars because of the behavior of Olive's mother towards the end. I'm a mother myself so I understand the overwhelming need to protect one's children, but Oliver's mom takes a shot at her confidence and even begins to blame Olive's aunt for the role that Olive wants to play in the 5th grade showcase. I don't think that relationship was explored enough and I couldn't find a way to justify her mother's before. There is a sequel to this graphic novel called CAMP. I'm not sure whether I plan to read it yet or not.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    My takeaway is that aunts are the best! 2020 challenge: a book written by an author in their twenties

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fatma

    A sweet short read for younger kids who are having trouble in finding a group or a best friend to belong to. That reminded me when i was a kid moving from the "ugly duckling phase" to "I'm friends with everyone but not anyone's best friend phase". The funny thing is that i can relate to the mom-aunt arguments about the way that we should/shouldn't bring the kids up with. I have that kind of discussions "aka accusations" with my sister all the time. A sweet short read for younger kids who are having trouble in finding a group or a best friend to belong to. That reminded me when i was a kid moving from the "ugly duckling phase" to "I'm friends with everyone but not anyone's best friend phase". The funny thing is that i can relate to the mom-aunt arguments about the way that we should/shouldn't bring the kids up with. I have that kind of discussions "aka accusations" with my sister all the time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    I loved this graphic novel! This book took me right back to my middle grade years and the roller coaster of emotions that ensues middle school! Olive’s fifth grade class is having a talent show and all her friends have paired off with other kids for their act, leaving Olive on her own. As everyone continues to practice for their act, Olive feels more and more alone. I think so many middle graders can relate to the emotions that Olive goes through. Some days you feel on top of the world with the I loved this graphic novel! This book took me right back to my middle grade years and the roller coaster of emotions that ensues middle school! Olive’s fifth grade class is having a talent show and all her friends have paired off with other kids for their act, leaving Olive on her own. As everyone continues to practice for their act, Olive feels more and more alone. I think so many middle graders can relate to the emotions that Olive goes through. Some days you feel on top of the world with the best of friends, and the next day, not a single friend. I totally clicked with this story and Olive!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Marshall

    Click isn't really my type of story, but I can see my 6th graders living this book. It's the story of Olive, she has tons of friends but when it is time for the 5th grade variety show all of her friends have plans and no one has asked her to join their group. It's a story of her finding her way and still being true to herself. A super cute story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Iman

    I think this book was ok because some things I liked but a lot of things I didn’t but something that I liked about the book book that Olive was left out out but she found a way to get over it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    The fifth grade talent show is coming up soon, and Olive is worried that none of her classmates have asked her to team up for an act. Does she have the guts to fly solo, or should she try to join in with a group that may not want her? This is a fine graphic for youngsters about cliques, friendship, and self-discovery. It is Miller's debut novel, and both her story and artwork are top-notch. I'm looking forward to much, much more from this talented young artist. The fifth grade talent show is coming up soon, and Olive is worried that none of her classmates have asked her to team up for an act. Does she have the guts to fly solo, or should she try to join in with a group that may not want her? This is a fine graphic for youngsters about cliques, friendship, and self-discovery. It is Miller's debut novel, and both her story and artwork are top-notch. I'm looking forward to much, much more from this talented young artist.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Olive is super excited about her class' variety show, but she feels in the lurch when all her friends pair off to create their own acts and no one asks her to be a part of their group. Olive has never felt like she's lacking friends, so why do none of them want her in their group? I wasn't sure about this when I first started, but it really grew on me! I liked Miller's approach to middle school social dynamics and "cliques" - instead of a story where a girl is isolated because she *doesn't* have Olive is super excited about her class' variety show, but she feels in the lurch when all her friends pair off to create their own acts and no one asks her to be a part of their group. Olive has never felt like she's lacking friends, so why do none of them want her in their group? I wasn't sure about this when I first started, but it really grew on me! I liked Miller's approach to middle school social dynamics and "cliques" - instead of a story where a girl is isolated because she *doesn't* have friends, Olive feels isolated because she has so many friends but isn't best friends with any of them. I feel so odd saying this as an adult, but this is something I could relate to so much. When I was in my 20s, I was friends with a lot of people I met at school and work, but had drifted from my closest high school friends (due to being busy with school and work, ironically). This left me in situation where I felt like I was friendly with a lot of people, but I was sorely lacking in a core group or 1-2 best friends. It's a weird feeling, and often frustrating and unpleasant and Miller very accurately depicts that. The solution to Olive's conundrum was nice too - sometimes it's okay to just do things on your own, and her idea also uplifted and supported her friends. The art is perfect for this type of story - very graphic and cartoony, with bold lines and bright colours. This will 100% appeal to fans of Raina Telgemeier and I'm always happy to have more readalikes for her in my arsenal for work. I'm so pleased that Miller already has a follow-up to this published. I already have a copy on hold at work and look forward to reading it. :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Very obviously targeted toward elementary school readers, this is a very effective story about a fifth grader dealing with cliques, the feeling of being left out, and the desire to fit in. I saw on the last page a second volume is already planned, so I've put it on hold it at the library.

  14. 5 out of 5

    vanessa

    Definitely would recommend this to young children who ask for Raina Telgemeier read-a-likes. This was missing a spark for me, but I think the idea is very believable and relatable for elementary-aged children (where do I fit in? is it better to have many acquaintances or one best friend?). The illustrations are cute. I would read the next book in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Cute illustrations and story! A great suggestion for those who enjoy Raina Telgemeier's books. Popsugar Challenge 2020 - A book written by an author in their 20's

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jill Kenna

    This was an adorable graphic novel about wanting to fit in with your friends and trying to find your own path! I loved Olive's aunt Molly, she was a great adult that Olive had in her life.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    What a fantastic first Graphic Novel for the Click Series. Beautiful art work, a great and relatable storyline. I'm so excited for part 3 "Act" released in May. I highly reccomend Click and Camp (the 2nd book) Olive is a great and likeable main character who struggles to find her place within her friendships. I really wanted to see the talent show at the end but it stops at the start of it, I know Olive would have slayed it though. Friendships are so hard, and again this Book shows the struggles What a fantastic first Graphic Novel for the Click Series. Beautiful art work, a great and relatable storyline. I'm so excited for part 3 "Act" released in May. I highly reccomend Click and Camp (the 2nd book) Olive is a great and likeable main character who struggles to find her place within her friendships. I really wanted to see the talent show at the end but it stops at the start of it, I know Olive would have slayed it though. Friendships are so hard, and again this Book shows the struggles, but sometimes you don't need a friendship clique! You'll find your place, and where you are happiest. Do what makes you happy and people will want to be around you to celebrate your successes and be there to support you in your times of distress. I would love to read more from this Author in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    3.5 stars. Pros: It's a very nice depiction of the life of a 5th grader who is well liked by everyone in class, but doesn't have a special friend or group. Loved the character of the aunt who listens to her and helps her find inspiration. The naggy mom rang true. Cons: It's very very basic, and could be unrelatable for kids who are not universally liked (which is many, many kids). Just too happy-go-lucky for me. Needs even a taste of drama. This low-stakes book is a good match for kids in 2-5th 3.5 stars. Pros: It's a very nice depiction of the life of a 5th grader who is well liked by everyone in class, but doesn't have a special friend or group. Loved the character of the aunt who listens to her and helps her find inspiration. The naggy mom rang true. Cons: It's very very basic, and could be unrelatable for kids who are not universally liked (which is many, many kids). Just too happy-go-lucky for me. Needs even a taste of drama. This low-stakes book is a good match for kids in 2-5th grade, especially those who like Raina Telgemeier.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christiana

    My new favorite Raina Telgemeier read-alike. Was I bought by the cool aunt storyline? WHO'S TO SAY.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marathon County Public Library

    Olive seems to be friends with everyone in her 5th grade class. She has friends on the bus, in science class, and on the playground. When Mr. Florez announces the annual 5th Grade Variety Show, Olive is ecstatic! Before she knows it, everyone seems to have a group for the variety show, except Olive. Olive realizes she doesn't belong to a clique. While Olive is friends with everyone, she realizes she hasn't "clicked" with anyone in particular and doesn't have a best friend. With some help from he Olive seems to be friends with everyone in her 5th grade class. She has friends on the bus, in science class, and on the playground. When Mr. Florez announces the annual 5th Grade Variety Show, Olive is ecstatic! Before she knows it, everyone seems to have a group for the variety show, except Olive. Olive realizes she doesn't belong to a clique. While Olive is friends with everyone, she realizes she hasn't "clicked" with anyone in particular and doesn't have a best friend. With some help from her cool Aunt Molly, Olive learns the true value of friendship and how to "click" with the most important person in Olive's life: herself. This graphic novel is recommended for any fans of "Smile" and "Sisters" by Raina Telgemeier and "Roller Girl" by Victoria Jamieson. If you are a tween who loves graphic novels about kids like you, you will love this debut graphic novel by Kayla Miller. Taylor W. / Marathon County Public Library

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cadence

    "I liked the book because Olive wants to host her classes variety show. She has a ton of friends and is in fifth grade. She ended up trying to host it and it ended so I hope she did okay. I already read Camp and this one was supposed to come before it. Owell. I'll read the third one now." -Cadee, age 8

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Cute. I liked the sweet family dynamic. Popsugar 2020-A book written by an author in their 20's

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Meh, I don't know. Some kids in my class seem into this series and I think there are a lot of better graphic novels out there. I just felt like it was lacking any depth to the plot or characters, nuance, or clever writing (and yes kid’s books can have those). Real Friends,Sheets or Sunny Side Up are to me better examples of realistic fiction graphic novels for elementary/middle grade. That said, the kids like it, it's fun and it's relatable as it has the universal theme of "Where do I fit in?" I Meh, I don't know. Some kids in my class seem into this series and I think there are a lot of better graphic novels out there. I just felt like it was lacking any depth to the plot or characters, nuance, or clever writing (and yes kid’s books can have those). Real Friends,Sheets or Sunny Side Up are to me better examples of realistic fiction graphic novels for elementary/middle grade. That said, the kids like it, it's fun and it's relatable as it has the universal theme of "Where do I fit in?" I'm obviously not the intended audience so take my thoughts with a grain of salt. :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Misti

    Olive is the kind of kid who gets along with everyone. She has a group of friends she sits with on the bus, a different group she eats with in the cafeteria, and another group she plays with at recess. What she doesn't have is a specific best friend. And this hasn't been an issue . . . until the fifth grade variety show comes along, and everyone seems to have a group act, except for Olive. She doesn't want to have to ask to be included in someone's group, and she really doesn't want her mom to c Olive is the kind of kid who gets along with everyone. She has a group of friends she sits with on the bus, a different group she eats with in the cafeteria, and another group she plays with at recess. What she doesn't have is a specific best friend. And this hasn't been an issue . . . until the fifth grade variety show comes along, and everyone seems to have a group act, except for Olive. She doesn't want to have to ask to be included in someone's group, and she really doesn't want her mom to call her friends' parents and fix things that way. It isn't until a weekend visit with her cool Aunt Molly that something clicks, and Olive realizes what she really wants to do in the variety show. This delightful graphic novel is another lovely exploration of middle-grade friendship, and the drama that can exist even when things are going well. Recommended to fans of Shannon Hale's Real Friends and other realistic middle-grade graphic novels that focus on friendship.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Cute story of what happens when you want to fit in with all your friends, when all of them are in different circles. Olive wants to fit in, but can't figure out where. There is a talent show, and no one of her groups of friends have invited her to be with them. So, the solution is quite novel, and shows how Olive can really shine, without having to pick one group of friends. Good story of friendship and thinking and marching to your own drummer at the same time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    This is a cute book, but it has a very basic plotline with a low-stake conflict that was quickly solved. I wish that there had been a bit more drama, but it seems like a nice book for elementary and middle-grade kids.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joelie

    This was freakin cute! very meaningful and just darling.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    A very cute story about a girl with loads of friends, but no real best friend, and what that means when it's time for the school's variety show. I love the friendships and family relationships in this book. They're warm and kind and the conflict isn't the usual "I don't have any friends" sort. It's nice to see a different sort of friendship complication tackled and in such a cute way. I don't expect this one to sit on the shelf for long at all!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Destiny Henderson

    Cute and relatable

  30. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Koval

    Super cute! Nicely presents friendship and staying true to who you are will bring happiness. Loved the Aunt!

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