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Raina Telgemeier. Smile
Scholastic $13.99 ISBN 978-0-545-13206-0 213 pg.
Reviewed by Koryn, Age 12

Raina is a normal girl in sixth grade, and plans to stay that way, but then she has an accident that wrecks her two front teeth! This is the true story of a girl growing up, and how she learnt to deal with her problems and smile. Read the life of Raina, the crazy story about her teeth, her mean “friends,” and self-esteem.

I adored Smile. I loved it so much I read it three times! The illustrations were amazing, and I loved the plot and characters. I could not stop reading it until it was finished, as it was so well written and drawn. I love drawing and writing, and I have always thought it would be awesome to write a graphic novel. Raina Telgemeier’s story was inspiring. The story is definitely for girls, as I don’t really think boys would enjoy it at all. This book is a great read for girls who are scared about getting braces, and it is a great read after a bad day at school or an activity, because it is a quick and uplifting read. This book is all about following your dreams and living your life to the fullest. That is a great lesson for everyone.

Raina Telgemeier has illustrated many books, including the adaptation of the Babysitters Club graphic novels and X-men: Misfits, which she co-authored with her husband. Smile is a true story about Raina’s middle school years. Smile is appropriate for ages 10-15.

I give Telgemeier’s graphic novel, Smile, five stars.


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