Drama by Raina Telgemeier


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The Horatio Alger of graphic novelists, Telgemeier draws up-by-their-book-bags characters who value hard work and seize a chance that has nothing to do with looks or even with love.
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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 Raina Telgemeier

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Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, then moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. She is the creator of SMILE, a critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, which was a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller and winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and received a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor. Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, which were selected for YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and BOOKLIST's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Her new graphic novel for Scholastic is titled DRAMA. Raina lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband, Dave Roman. To learn more, visit her online at www.goRaina.com.
Published September 1, 2012 by GRAPHIX. 240 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction
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on Jul 22 2012

With the clear, stylish art, the strongly appealing characters and just the right pinch of drama, this book will undoubtedly make readers stand up and cheer.

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Publishers Weekly

on Dec 07 2016

Telgemeier’s manga-infused art has some moments of heartache, but the generally cheerful and affirming story should be eagerly devoured by her many fans.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Ada Calhoun on Aug 23 2012

The Horatio Alger of graphic novelists, Telgemeier draws up-by-their-book-bags characters who value hard work and seize a chance that has nothing to do with looks or even with love.

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Kidz World

on Dec 07 2012

It is all about the love of theater, and the modern issues that we face in middle school, like auditions, rejection, multiculturalism, gay friends, and secret crushes. This graphic novel is a great read, and has a surprise twist ending! Kidzworld definitely recommends Drama!

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A Book and a Hug

Reviewed by Pamela Thompson on Oct 01 2012

Smile, her first graphic novel , got rave reviews. I have no doubt, Drama will satisfy teen readers. Several cultures are represented by her characters, and fans of LGBT genre will identify with some characters and their problems.

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WAPL Teens

Reviewed by Megan on Jan 12 2013

For drama nerds, art fiends and band and choir geeks everywhere, spend an afternoon with some smile-worthy Drama!

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W. 11th & Bluff

Reviewed by Andrew on Sep 24 2012

This is a fairly contained book, without a lot of spectacle and explosions. That may not suit all readers, but it was right up my alley. The quiet sincerity and emotional honesty were what I enjoyed in the author’s previous work and are what I look forward to in whatever she does next.

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Reviewed by Nick Smith on Sep 14 2012

The title refers not only to the drama of theater, but also to the drama of life in middle school, and it’s a drama well worth experiencing. Also, any young teens who are concerned about gender issues may find it supportive and comforting.

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Reviewed by ESTHER KELLER on Sep 17 2012

This is going to be on every upper elementary school, middle school, and even high school shelf. Readers, especially young female ones, will eat up the title.

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