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Publisher's Note:

Raina Telgemeier, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Eisner Award winner, SMILE, brings us her next full-color graphic novel . . . DRAMA! 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.…


by Raina Telgemeier

Overall Book Review:

The first book I read by Raina Telgemeier was Smile,and even though I read it when I was about 17 years old, I still enjoyed it. The funny thing is, even though I never had braces but two of my sisters did, I didn’t feel like I could recommend this novel to them, as they would find it too juvenile (even though they are younger than me!). However, I think tweens, teens, and adults can all enjoy the same book if they have the right perspective. I still find myself drooling over picture books and their beautiful illustrations.

When Sisters was released a while ago, I secured a copy from our library as soon as possible, which was not an easy task, as all of the middle-school girls in our town were trying to do the exact same thing. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Smile, but it was still a fun, quick read. Drama is geared for a slightly older crowd, but still has the same feel as the author’s other two books. I think that if I were a teen that struggled with reading, I would naturally gravitate towards books that were simpler. This book isn’t simple as in dumb, but since it is set in a comic book/graphic layout it is a fast and easy read. The illustrations are really fun, and I could relate to the characters even though most of the issues they faced are in my past. I think all of Telgemeier’s books are not only something an elementary student, tween or teen could read on their own, but it might also help their parent connect with them and talk about social issues that the child may be facing or might face in the future.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  None

Sex/Nudity:  Minors kiss.

Mature Subject Matter:

Gender/Sex Identity Issues.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.