44. Telgemeier, Raina,Smile. Graphix, 2010. 213pages. Tr. $15.91 ISBN 9780545132060
Brief Plot Description: This graphical novel is about a sixth grade girl named Raina who accidentally breaks her two front teeth after falling down on her way back home. After that, she has to endure endless and painful dental procedures, and deal with many problems in life until entering high school.
Genre(s)/Subject(s): Graphic Novels and Comic Books, Autobiography, Comedy and Humor, Adolescent Issues, Middle School, Pride and Self-Esteem, Friends and Friendship
Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Awards: Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (2012), Iowa Children's Choice Award (2012), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2010), YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens (Top Ten) (2011)
Books Similar in Style, Content, Theme, or Characters: Diary of Wimpy Kidby Jeff Kinney, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by Chris Tebbetts and James Patteson
Programming/Lesson Ideas: Children can discuss the graphic novel in a group and share their own unforgettable stories that have had great influences on themselves from middle school to high school.
Personal Thoughts: This is a fun book for tweens to read with its colorful cartoons, humorous language, and realistic plot. Tweens can easily relate with the main character Raina, since dealing with issues is what it takes to grow up.