Smile by Raina Telgemeier

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From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap.

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

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
Published July 29, 2014 by Graphix. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Telgemeier has created an utterly charming graphic memoir of tooth trauma, first crushes and fickle friends, sweetly reminiscent of Judy Blume's work.

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The New York Times

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A graphic-novel memoir about the author’s adolescent dental travails.

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Publishers Weekly

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Telgemeier's autobiographical tale follows her from sixth grade, when her two front teeth are knocked out during a fluke accident, through high school, when, her teeth repaired, she bids good-bye to her childhood dentist.

Dec 07 2009 | Read Full Review of Smile

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Raina Telgemeier Graphix/Scholastic / February / 9780545132060 / $10.99 / ages 12 & up

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The Telegraph

... Sinclair McKay is engaged by Barbara Ehrenreich's Smile or Die, an acidic demolition of the cult of positive thinking.

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Common Sense Media

As Raina's teeth go through extensive changes, Raina learns to stand up for herself and discovers that following her own interests, especially art, will lead to healthy friendships with people who like her for who she is.

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... SMILE OR DIE Barbara Ehrenreich Granta, £10.99.

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The Blue Bookcase

... Reviewed by Liesl Published: 2010. It's about: An autobiographical graphic memoir detailing Raina Telgemeier's life from 6th grade to 9th ...

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Story Circle Book Reviews

... In The Covered Smile, first-time author Sonja Lauren shows her reader a new dimension of childhood neglect. By the so-tender age of 13, ...

Jan 06 2004 | Read Full Review of Smile

Reading In Winter

... At the library, there is a display of books that are nominated for the Young Readers Choice Awards. Smile was one of the books on that display, ...

Feb 12 2013 | Read Full Review of Smile


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WAPL Teens

The best part about this great little graphic novel is that it's a true story - author and artist Raina Telgemeier really did knock out her two front teeth in 6th grade, and everything that happens here really happened to her.

May 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Smile

The Trades

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The Yalsa Hub

This sweet coming of age story revolves around the elaborate procedures to fix Raina’s smile.

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Provo City Library's Children Book Review

... Smile is an autobiographical graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. As a sixth- grader Raina suffered an unfortunate accident that would affect her ...

Sep 25 2010 | Read Full Review of Smile

Fabbity Fab Book Reviews

... I was a latecomer to Raina Telgemeier's award-winning Smile, but when I finally got .... Review: The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle Book 1) by Mag.

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Simply Stacie

... Review of the book, Smile by Raina Telgemeier. ... When a copy of Smile by Raina Telgemeier, the cover actually made me smile too – the ...

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Kevin's Meandering Mind

Graphic Book Review: Smile. Apr11 by dogtrax. I loved Smile. This graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier is so nicely done that it's hard to know where to begin.

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