Squad Up (A Power Up Graphic Novel #2)

by Sam Nisson (Author) Darnell Johnson (Illustrator)

Squad Up (A Power Up Graphic Novel #2)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Sixth-graders Rhys and Miles overcome challenges in friendship and gaming in this graphic novel told in multiple art styles and set in both the real world and inside the boys' favorite video game. A sequel to Power Up.

After their victory in the Every Game Ever tournament, unstoppable video game duo and, now, IRL best friends Rhys and Miles are enjoying their last few weeks of sixth grade. Miles's successful streaming channel gives him popularity points at school. Rhys's skill in Mecha Melee attracts the attention of elite gamers from around the world. And the duo is competing to be the first ever to beat Mecha Quest 21. If life were a video game, they have definitely levelled up.

But when the challenges of gaming at this level are compounded by shifting priorities, a mysterious online bully, and the academic demands of middle school, the pressure on the duo threatens to break them apart. In this graphic novel about friendship and loyalty, Rhys and Miles discover that sometimes you need to tap your squad to get the win.

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Sam Nisson
Sam Nisson has spent his working life creating worthwhile media for kids. For many years, he produced outstanding video games based on brands like I Spy and The Magic School Bus. More recently, he has worked on the Carmen Sandiego series on Netflix, and has written and directed audio shows for Pinna. He lives in Brooklyn.

Darnell Johnson
, a Miami, Florida native, discovered his passion for art when watching Saturday morning cartoons as a kid. He would spend time designing his own characters and making comics about them. It was in high school that Darnell knew he wanted to pursue a career in art. Currently he lives in Alpharetta, Georgia. Visit him on Instagram @darnelljohnson_305.
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Guided Reading Level
Clarion Books
Publication date
August 20, 2022
A Power Up Graphic Novel
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV036000 - Juvenile Fiction | Science & Technology
JUV008000 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | General
JUV039230 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Bullying
JUV039100 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Peer Pressure
JUV032040 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Games - General
JUV049000 - Juvenile Fiction | Computers & Digital Media
Library of Congress categories

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