Friday, April 5, 2013

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

By Raina Telgemeier
Published by Scholastic, Inc., 2012
240 pages (paperback)

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! Following the success of SMILE, Raina Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama! (from

Raina Tegemeier is quickly becoming one of my favorite author/artists. Her books are creative and reflect the thoughts and emotions of teens. Any time a new book of her’s comes out I have students (and staff) beg for copies and her books are all almost always checked out.

Overall, this book is about finding friends outside your comfort zone and how amazing things can happen when you are simply YOU. Sure, there were some unexpected plot twists and it is a great story, but really this book is just a fun read that girls and guys will enjoy.

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