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Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Smile (edition 2010)

by Raina Telgemeier

Series: Smile (1)

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Authors:Raina Telgemeier
Info:GRAPHIX (2010), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Graphic Novels, Realistic Fiction, Middle School, Autobiography, Comics, Female Protagonist, Braces, Awkward Teens

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Smile by Raina Telgemeier

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This book talks about a young sixth grade girl named Raina. Unfortunately during her stay at summer camp she falls and breaks her two front teeth. She has to endure several dental surgeries, where embarrassing head gear, and wear braces on and off throughout the school year. Not only does she have to deal with the braces, but she also deals with the everyday struggles a middle school girl deals with. Boys and friends who turn out not to be friends also hinder Raina's life.

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This book was very realistic. I actually could relate to several of the circumstances which were described throughout the book. Even though the main character endured several physical/emotional pain she still found the good in life. I recommend this book to any young teen.

Classroom Extension:

1. Teach the importance of dental care.
2. Have students discuss a painful experience in their life and how the dealt with it.
3. Discuss the importance of being a good friend and not bullying someone because of an experience they are dealing with.
4. Discuss self-esteem and how to improve on it. Have students draw a self-portrait and write ten positive affirmations about themselves. ( )
  cwarren0123 | Oct 26, 2016 |
Smile is a true autobiography of a girl named Raina and her adventure as she gets her two front teeth knocked out one day.
  sehuff | Oct 26, 2016 |
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader.She trips and falls after Girl Scouts and injures her two front teeth. Lots of adventure happens following braces, embarrassment, and boy confusion.
  Jennifer LeGault | Oct 17, 2016 |
Smile is a great book that I myself remember reading with my mom as I was preparing to leave elementary school and go onto middle school. I would recommend this book for children who are about to go into middle school or are already in middle school. ( )
  Madima6781 | Oct 16, 2016 |
I would recommend this book for children who are about to go into middle school or are already in middle school. It is a hilarious book about a girl having to deal with the daily drama of middle school and having to learn to love herself the way she is. It is written as if it is a comic strip throughout the book which makes it all the more funny.
  TaylorMcMillan | Oct 2, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Raina Telgemeierprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Falco, PhilDesignersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, JohnDesignersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pelham, CassandraEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yue, StephanieIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.
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From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

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