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ISBN13: 9780545132060
ISBN10: 0545132061
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"Handsomely illustrated and cleverly written by Telgemeier, Smile is a simple, fast-paced, yet unforgettable story that will resonate with anyone who survived those tumultuous teen years. Younger readers will likely relate to Raina's tribulations at school and home, and those who are facing the dreaded braces will certainly feel grateful they didn't have to live through Raina's trauma." Chris Bolton, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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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.

This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.

Review:

"A charming addition to the body of young adult literature that focuses on the trials and tribulations of the slightly nerdy girl. 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. Like heroines stretching from Madeleine L'Engle's Vicky Austin through Judy Blume's Margaret to Mariko and Jillian Tamaki's Skim, Raina must navigate the confusing world of adolescence while keeping her sense of self intact. Many of her experiences are familiar, from unrequited crushes to betrayals by friends to embarrassing fashion choices. The dramatic story of her teeth, however, adds a fresh twist, as does her family's experience during the San Francisco earthquake in 1989. Although the ending is slightly pedantic, Telgemeier thoughtfully depicts her simultaneous feelings of exasperation and love toward her parents, as well as her joy at developing her artistic talent — she's deft at illustrating her characters' emotions in a dynamic, playful style. This book should appeal to tweens looking for a story that reflects their fears and experiences and gives them hope that things get easier. Ages 9–13." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Telgemeier has created an utterly charming graphic memoir...sweetly reminiscent of Judy Blume's work....Irresistible, funny and touching — a must read for all teenage girls, whether en-braced or not." Kirkus Reviews

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"Both adults and kids...are vividly and rapidly portrayed, giving quick access to the memoirist's world. Telgemeier's storytelling and full-color cartoony images form a story that will cheer and inspire any middle-schooler dealing with orthodontia." Booklist

About the Author

Raina Telgemeier graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her comics have been nominated for Ignatz and Eisner Awards, and her illustrations have been featured in magazines, books, and newspapers. Raina currently lives in Queens, New York.

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bluefeatherstar, April 15, 2014 (view all comments by bluefeatherstar)
I'm happy that there's a book like Smile. It felt good to be able to relate to someone who was going through similar dental drama like I was. I'm grateful the author decided to share her story.
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bluefeatherstar, April 15, 2014 (view all comments by bluefeatherstar)
I'm happy that there's a book like Smile. It felt good to be able to relate to someone who was going through similar dental drama like I was. I'm grateful the author decided to share her story.
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alexis.fresh5031, March 23, 2010 (view all comments by alexis.fresh5031)
Smile by Raina Telgemeier is a great graphic novel that represents a girl living in San Francisco that has major mouth problems. Raina, the main character, has a very interesting life. Her friends tease her, theirs two boys she likes, and she wants to get her ears pierced but her mom never lets her. Raina just wants to be a normal kid, no "geeky" mouth piece. This book is interesting because Raina is the author and this is a true novel based on her.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545132060
Author:
Telgemeier, Raina
Publisher:
Graphix
Illustrator:
Yue, Stephanie
Author:
Gulledge, Laura Lee
Author:
Telgemeier, Raina
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - Biography
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A charming addition to the body of young adult literature that focuses on the trials and tribulations of the slightly nerdy girl. 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. Like heroines stretching from Madeleine L'Engle's Vicky Austin through Judy Blume's Margaret to Mariko and Jillian Tamaki's Skim, Raina must navigate the confusing world of adolescence while keeping her sense of self intact. Many of her experiences are familiar, from unrequited crushes to betrayals by friends to embarrassing fashion choices. The dramatic story of her teeth, however, adds a fresh twist, as does her family's experience during the San Francisco earthquake in 1989. Although the ending is slightly pedantic, Telgemeier thoughtfully depicts her simultaneous feelings of exasperation and love toward her parents, as well as her joy at developing her artistic talent — she's deft at illustrating her characters' emotions in a dynamic, playful style. This book should appeal to tweens looking for a story that reflects their fears and experiences and gives them hope that things get easier. Ages 9–13." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Handsomely illustrated and cleverly written by Telgemeier, Smile is a simple, fast-paced, yet unforgettable story that will resonate with anyone who survived those tumultuous teen years. Younger readers will likely relate to Raina's tribulations at school and home, and those who are facing the dreaded braces will certainly feel grateful they didn't have to live through Raina's trauma." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Telgemeier has created an utterly charming graphic memoir...sweetly reminiscent of Judy Blume's work....Irresistible, funny and touching — a must read for all teenage girls, whether en-braced or not."
"Review" by , "Both adults and kids...are vividly and rapidly portrayed, giving quick access to the memoirist's world. Telgemeier's storytelling and full-color cartoony images form a story that will cheer and inspire any middle-schooler dealing with orthodontia."
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