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Raina Telgemeier

Author of Smile

40+ Works 22,106 Members 753 Reviews 6 Favorited

About the Author

Raina Telgemeier attended the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, as an Illustration and Cartooning student. She received her BFA in 2002. Raina is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, the co-author of X-Men: Misfits, which made the New York Times' Graphic show more Books Bestseller List, and the author and illustrator of Smile, which was recently named an Honor Book in the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Her other work includes Ghosts, Drama, and Sisters (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Raina Telgemeier speaks on the Main Stage at the National Book Festival, August 31, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress. By Library of Congress Life - 20190831SM1052.jpg, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82899302


Works by Raina Telgemeier

Smile (2010) 4,584 copies
Sisters (2014) 3,336 copies
Drama: A Graphic Novel (2012) 2,930 copies
Ghosts: A Graphic Novel (2016) 2,845 copies
Guts (2019) 1,925 copies
X-Men: Misfits (2009) 90 copies
Smile and Sisters (2014) 42 copies
Smile, Sisters, and Guts (2019) 21 copies

Associated Works

Explorer: The Mystery Boxes (2012) — Contributor — 475 copies
Flight, Volume Four (2007) — Contributor — 342 copies
Explorer: The Lost Islands (2013) — Contributor — 254 copies
Comics Squad: Recess! (2014) — Illustrator — 251 copies
Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. (2017) — Contributor — 178 copies
Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery (2006) — Illustrator, some editions — 107 copies
The Best American Comics 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 98 copies
YOU DIED: An Anthology of the Afterlife (2020) — Contributor — 52 copies
Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz (2015) — Contributor — 47 copies
Friends of Lulu Presents: Broad Appeal (2003) — Contributor — 16 copies


anthology (110) anxiety (64) autobiography (82) Baby-Sitters Club (125) babysitting (94) braces (177) children's (155) comic (86) comics (363) coming of age (115) family (237) fantasy (127) fiction (583) friends (75) friendship (384) ghosts (114) grade 5 (70) graphic (142) graphic novel (2,511) graphic novels (594) humor (146) juvenile (65) kids (64) memoir (197) middle grade (268) middle school (251) non-fiction (145) read (96) realistic fiction (313) relationships (64) school (101) series (170) short stories (84) siblings (74) sisters (141) teeth (101) theatre (117) to-read (447) YA (166) young adult (225)

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This story is such a great graphic novel for middle level kids! It has a great use of humor, storytelling, and unforgettable themes such as growing up and finding ones identity, that students can truly relate to!
kaylee.dicey | 299 other reviews | Apr 19, 2024 |
book for 5th-7th possibly. Super relatable graphic novel that middle school girls will love. This book is about a girl and her family and there road trip they go on, and all the bumps along the way. Great for kids to connect too, and read if they don't like reading.
Brianna.phelps | 299 other reviews | Apr 10, 2024 |
This book would work for older elementary (4-5 grade) students because of the length of the reading.
This book follows Raina as she navigates middle school life while also navigating a difficult recovery journey following an injury to her mouth.
This would be a good book to have available in the classroom for students to explore on their own. It's a good book for those that enjoy graphic novels as well as those beginning the transition to middle school.
mlutey22 | 299 other reviews | Apr 8, 2024 |
This story is about a little girl who needs braces to straighten her teeth. She is very worried about her outer appearance, boys, and gets bullied. Through her journey at school she is learning how to figure out who the true person she is. She realizes that smiling is good and okay to do. This book is great for 5-8th graders. I think that this book can be very encouraging to kids who may be going through the same experience, because middle school is a very awkward stage in life.
aubreysmithh222 | 299 other reviews | Apr 8, 2024 |



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