Besties: Work It Out (The World of Click)
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Meet Beth and Chanda, two stylish best friends on their way to building their fashion empire! An unexpected business opportunity presents itself when the girls are asked to dogsit at Ms. Langford's luxurious house while she’s away, but it quickly turns into a disaster after an accident leaves one of Ms. Langford’s prized possessions in pieces! Now Beth and Chanda have to take on as many odd jobs as they can in order to afford a replacement. Car washing, book sales, interior decorating—you name it, Beth and Chanda are there! Will they be able to patch up their mistake in time?
New York Times best-selling author Kayla Miller and co-author Jeffrey Canino deliver a vibrant and honest story about middle school friendships and personal responsibility. Accompanied by Kristina Luu's fizzy, expressive art style, this graphic novel is the perfect companion to Olive's existing stories.
From the Publisher
A Conversation with the Creators of Besties: Work It Out
Could everyone speak to what their role in Besties is?
KAYLA: I’m one of the authors, and after a lot of planning with Jeffrey, I write the outline for the story and come back at the end of the process to help tighten up the dialogue and jokes.
JEFFREY: As a coauthor, I develop the story with Kayla and then write the full script.
KRISTINA: I am the main illustrator, so I’m inking and drawing—essentially taking the script and bringing it to life.
DAMALI: I’m the colorist, and it’s my job to take all the locals and flesh out the scenes that Kristina draws. Locals, or local colors, are the standard hues you would assign to each object.
Kayla, Besties reflects an expansion of the world that you’ve established in Click. What did you most respond to about directions that Jeffrey took?
KAYLA: I really liked the humor and energy that Jeffrey brought to the story. We wanted the book to have that feeling of when you’re a kid or a tween and you’re with your best friend and the crazy antics that you get up to.
Like a never-ending sleepover! I also enjoyed how Jeffrey took the characters and developed their voices through the dialogue and expanded their personalities.
What did you most respond to about the direction Kristina took?
KAYLA: How expressive the art is! The facial expressions are big and fun and lively. The attention to detail makes the world of Besties feel really full and lived in.
Jeffrey, were there themes in Besties you especially wanted to explore?
JEFFREY: I was most interested in exploring how Beth and Chanda were going to deal with the new concerns in their lives. Money, family, or status can be abstract to younger kids, but when you hit that tween or teenage stage, they become important in your life…to the extent that you’re concerned with them and your actions start to matter in a new way.
Seeing how the girls were going to deal with those new pressures—how they were going to figure out what mattered to them and make the right choices from there—was very fun to explore.
What did you want to bring forward from the Click storytelling?
JEFFREY: The things I like most about Kayla’s books are the heart and kindness of them. They’re extremely optimistic. They show growth between friends and people. There’s not a desire to write people off or give up. So I wanted to bring that here. These girls are not averse to getting into trouble, but there’s this core of love that I think is really important.
Do you have a favorite scene in the book?
KAYLA: I have two favorite scenes. I really like the second lamp break where Baxter is running in circles around the room and jumping on everything. I haven’t had a lot of chances with the Click books to write physical comedy, so it was fun figuring out each thing that needed to happen for that lamp to smash. That was the only scene Jeffrey and
I wrote together, and it involved me running around the house and showing how Baxter would do this, and then Beth would lean like that, so it was just a really fun experience of writing that scene. As far as my favorite scene in the finished book…I really like the dressing up in Ms. Langford’s closet scene. It reminds me of all the dressing room montages in movies from the 1990s and early 2000s.
It’s just so fun and brings me back to my childhood.
JEFFREY: My favorite scene is their final odd job being entertainers at the birthday party. I enjoyed writing the song, for one. The costumes—everything about it was a joy to squeeze in there at the end.
KRISTINA: My favorite scene is actually one of the sadder parts of the book, when the girls are fighting and they go to school. There’s something about that part that really got me like, wow, I know exactly what this feeling is, because we’ve all been there. We’ve all had a fight with our sibling, or our best friend at school, or one of our classmates. And you feel that almost-physical woe, especially when you’re young. It becomes so tangible. You guys did a really good job of writing that down, so making that part in the book was super fun, but also touching in a way. I’m having fun the whole time, so it was just kind of a switch when I got to this part. It was like, whoa!
DAMALI: I like the scenes with Lisa in them. I’m also an older sister and I find her relatable. After the girls confess about what happened at Ms. Langford’s house and she was like,
“OK, you can’t do that. You can’t break people’s stuff and you can’t wear their clothes when they’re not around” — that was my thought when I saw that dress-up montage. That’s fun, but those aren’t your clothes!
Do you have something you’re hoping readers will take away from the book?
KAYLA: I always come back to how I want my readers to communicate with other people.
So many of the problems that we face are misunderstandings that come about because we’re not expressing ourselves clearly.
So I think sharing your problems with others, talking with other people, and communicating clearly could help a lot of situations.
JEFFREY: I want to add on to what Kayla said, because that’s true even in a best friend relationship.
This book is very much about how you need to nourish that relationship. We can fall into thinking that your best friend is your best friend—you don’t necessarily
need to worry about them, they’re always going to be there—but that might not be the case, especially if you don’t make the effort to figure out where your best friend is at. There are these little moments of miscommunication or omitted communication between Beth and Chanda that they learn to work through. It makes their friendship stronger.
KRISTINA: I think the main lesson is that, overall, friendship takes work, and just because something gets bad doesn’t mean it’s always going to stay bad. The most wonderful relationships and friendships you have may face big conflict or have some problems that aren’t always easy to navigate.
But working through it is so worth it. Even when things feel really tough or uncomfortable, making the effort to figure things out can only make your friendships stronger.
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Publisher:Etch/Clarion Books (October 19, 2021)
Reading age:8 – 12 years
Grade level:3 – 7
Item Weight:14.4 ounces
Dimensions:5.5 x 0.72 x 8 inches