Seventh grader Callie loves everything about the theater, but when her school puts on a play, there’s also lots of real-life drama with a diverse cast of characters. Simple illustrations in warm colors. (9-12)
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A Stonewall Honor Book in Children’s and Young Adult Literature — From 2013 Stonewall Book Awards
From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 "New York Times" bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of "Smile" and "Sisters"
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of "Moon over Mississippi," she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department's 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
About the Author
Raina Telgemeier is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling, multiple Eisner Award winning creator of "Smile" and "Sisters," which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of "Drama," which was named a Stonewall Honor Book and was selected for YALSA s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at www.goRaina.com.
"Callie has ambitious plans for her school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi. She has more to contend with than the logistics of building a working stage cannon, though, including the tension between stage crew and actors and her confusion about her new friend, Jesse. Does he like her, or is he gay like his twin brother? Telgemeier deftly portrays the ambiguity of sexual identity in the middle-school years in a story that simultaneously appeals to that audience. Callie is a strong character, confident in her ability as an artist and warm and friendly to her peers. She and her fellow students grin frequently, to the point of seeming unrealistically well adjusted. More often, however, Telgemeier is just showing the best side of teens. “Keep it professional,” the stage crew head tells the group, and they do. The full-color cartoon-style illustrations are graceful, assured, and, along with the twists and turns of the plot, guarantee an entertaining and enlightening read." – Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY, Starred review
Praise for SMILE
"An utterly charming graphic memoir of tooth trauma, first crushes and fickle friends, sweetly reminiscent of Judy Blume's work. . . . Irresistible, funny and touching–a must read for all teenage girls." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
"A charming addition to the body of young adult literature that focuses on the trials and tribulations of the slightly nerdy girl." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"It hits home partly because there is nothing else out there like it." --THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW