Sadie moves to a new town for her sophomore year of high school. Overwhelmed in a environment where no one knows anything about her, she comes up with a lie to get some attention—faking a deadly peanut allergy. This instantly makes her unique and interesting to her classmates, but it proves to be more difficult than she anticipated for Sadie to keep up with this tiny lie.
Peanut is a clever, age appropriate graphic novel with some very important themes about being yourself and the adolescent desire to be accepted by peers. Beautiful illustrations with a unique color scheme and eye-catching jump out images sprinkled through the pages. Peanut would work well as part of a graphic novel unit in a language arts or reading class, and is a great book to offer to reluctant or unconfident readers, especially ESL students because of the inferences that can be made from the great illustrations.
Halliday, Ayun, and Paul Hoppe. Peanut. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2013.