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Friday, September 7, 2012

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

by Raina Telgemeier
Graphix (Scholastic)
ISBN: 978-0-545-32698-8
Suggested Ages: 10+
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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!

The Good Stuff
  • Boy does Raina grasp adolescent angst and honestly and realistically portrays it
  • Illustrations are delightfully appealing
  • Reminds me of the awkward stage of growing up and the confusing feelings we have towards boys at that stage
  • Sweet and funny
  • a story that will actually appeal to the suggested age range and not what parents think kids want to read - Librarians, Teachers, Parents take note -  you might want to get a couple of copies of this one
  • very realistic - damn think I have said that over and over - but that is one of its biggest strengths
  • Strong realistic gay character - makes the character accepted for who he is without the typical gay guys are bullied that we see in most books - I think it is age appropriate as well
  • Great messages about friendship, love and acceptance
  • Don't want to spoil the ending but it is beautiful, realistic and isn't stereotypical disney type ending
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Callie is an intelligent girl, do not understand why she would fall for Jesse when she already knows  he's gay -- doesn't really go with her character -- but than again hey us girls are always falling for boys that are not right for us

Favorite Quotes/Passages (Have to see the graphic novel to really get it)

"When you say he's cute, do you mean like.."
"Like, I Like boys? yeah."
"Oh. Huh."
"Um, is that cool? Is it okay that I told you?"
"It's cool.. I guess I was never really sure if anyone I knew was actually"
"Gay? you can say it. I don't mind."

"You are the best friend EVER!"
"Darn right I am."

"I want the audience to believe that the actors really live inside of the world on stage."
"I'd live in a world like this."
"It's one thing to dream it..and another thing to actually build it."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Absolutely perfect for theatre geeks (that is a compliment - love the theatre geeks)
  • Most likely will appeal more to girls, but boys might enjoy as well (just going by my experience with my 2 kids)
  • Recommend highly for all public and middle school library collections
  • Also teachers who don't freak out about the gay character - would be great for a classroom discussion (And for those teachers/parents/librarians who freak out about the gay character -- get over it - some people are straight - some people are gay - its all normal)
4.25 Dewey's

I picked up a copy at Book Expo America 2012

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