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Smile (edition 2010)

by Raina Telgemeier

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Title:Smile
Authors:Raina Telgemeier
Info:GRAPHIX (2010), Paperback, 224 pages
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Smile by Raina Telgemeier

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Raina is a typical pre-teen worried about things like fitting in with her friends, getting her ears pierced, attending a school dance, etc. She's also dealing with the aftermath of a fall that knocked out her front two teeth, thus requiring many, many trips to various dental experts to fix.

This is a compelling memoir set in San Francisco during the late 80s/early 90s and told in a comic book format. Telgemeier's cartoon-style illustrations are a good fit for the audience of middle school girls (and boys, I would argue). Her candor is refreshing, and I'm sure appreciated by the intended audience, who could relate to boy crushes, fake friends, and finding one's true self. (On that last point, I was glad to see Telgemeier spell out that being herself with new friends was super beneficial to her well-being, but she also doesn't beat kids over the head with a moral lesson.) The story of Telgemeier's numerous woes with braces and other dental work may be a tad scary for kids who haven't yet worn braces, but it could also be useful for kids who are currently wearing braces as an identifiable anecdote.

In short, even though I wasn't the target audience for this graphic novel, I still found it a quick and enjoyable read. I'd recommend it for tween girls and boys who are looking for realistic books to read. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Aug 31, 2016 |
This would be excellent for teenagers who want to be understood. It would spark an interest in any young woman who's been through awkward experiences and we all have!
  knoelle27 | Aug 12, 2016 |
This book gave me flash backs to my middle-high school years. Getting braces was the worst experience for me and I only needed them for one year. This is a great and easy read for girls who are struggling with the issues of growing up and fitting in. It helps them realize they are not the only ones, especially since the author wrote this book about her own story!
  katiegotur | Aug 5, 2016 |
My biggest problem with graphic novels is that they typically can't go as deep as a book with common prose. While that was still the case with this book, it covered many years in the life of the main character, which was a really cool way to get to know her. Rather than really getting to know a character at one moment in this girl's story, you get to know her through the major events in her life that shape who she is. This is also an autobiographical work, so this could lead to fun activities for students to do. ( )
  alaina.loescher | Jul 18, 2016 |
Smile is about a girl named Raina Telgemeier. She has one sister named Amara. Raina also has a younger brother named Will. Raina is about to start seventh grade. She is getting braces soon. At her friends house, Raina trips and loses her two front teeth. Some of Raina's friends start to bully her because of her teeth.

Raina starts seventh grade. She meets a sixth grader in music class and she really likes him. Raina's friends start bullying her more often. One day, she meets another boy, who she really likes. One day, as Raina is standing in line, her friends pull a really mean prank on her. They run up and pull down her pants during school. Raina makes the right choice and leaves her old friends and gets new better friends. ( )
  dannya.b4 | May 31, 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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