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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As an afterword, the author includes a photo of her smiling, showing off the results of all of the years of pain she endured. Irresistible, funny and touching—a must read for all teenage girls, whether en-braced or not.

Dec 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Smile

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Here, then, is a story to comfort readers traversing the years between childhood and adulthood: it presents a kind of worst-case scenario with a happy ending.

May 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Smile

Publishers Weekly

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This book should appeal to tweens looking for a story that reflects their fears and experiences and gives them hope that things get easier.

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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.

Jan 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Smile

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.

Feb 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Smile

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

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The Blue Bookcase

Reading Recommendations: Give it a whirl. Anyone. Give it to your kid. Give it to your mom. Just read it.

Dec 18 2016 | Read Full Review of Smile

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

WAPL Teens

If you've ever had braces (7 years, guys, SEVEN YEARS) or a really bad experience at the dentist, this one's for you! The best part about this great little graphic novel is that it's a true story...

May 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Smile


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The Yalsa Hub

By the end I was rooting for her bravery and strength, especially when she establishes supportive friendships. I only wish that I had read a book like this to read when I was growing up.

Mar 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Smile

The Trades

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Jan 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Smile

Kevin's Meandering Mind

What works so well is Telgemeier’s writing and art, as they come together with wisdom and lead us in the end not to some dramatic moment or plot twist, but instead, to the understanding that our path through life takes us in many directions...

Apr 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Smile

Provo City Library's Children Book Review

A great read with warm and friendly illustrations. Reading Smile was like spending time with a friend from junior high, and don't worry that can be a good thing.

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

I would highly recommend Smile for girls (and women) of all ages because it is a fun graphic novel with a great message about finding confidence in yourself!

Aug 04 2010 | Read Full Review of Smile

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