Books by Raina Telgemeier

GUTS by Raina Telgemeier
Released: Sept. 17, 2019

"With young readers diagnosed with anxiety in ever increasing numbers, this book offers a necessary mirror to many. (Graphic memoir. 8-12)"
Young Raina is 9 when she throws up for the first time that she remembers, due to a stomach bug. Even a year later, when she is in fifth grade, she fears getting sick. Read full book review >
SHARE YOUR SMILE by Raina Telgemeier
Released: April 30, 2019

"Honest and encouraging, this will get young storytellers started—and perhaps leave them wishing for more. (Nonfiction novelty. 8-12)"
A guide on how to distill the extraordinary from your own life and find a story to tell. Read full book review >
GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Telgemeier's bold colors, superior visual storytelling, and unusual subject matter will keep readers emotionally engaged and unable to put down this compelling tale. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
Catrina narrates the story of her mixed-race (Latino/white) family's move from Southern California to Bahía de la Luna on the Northern California coast. Read full book review >
SISTERS by Raina Telgemeier
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A wonderfully charming tale of family and sisters that anyone can bond with. (Graphic memoir. 7-13)"
Two sisters who are constantly at odds take a family road trip that covers more ground—both literally and figuratively—than they expect. Read full book review >
DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Brava! (Graphic fiction. 10-14)"
From award winner Telgemeier (Smile, 2010), a pitch-perfect graphic novel portrayal of a middle school musical, adroitly capturing the drama both on and offstage. Read full book review >
SMILE by Raina Telgemeier
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

Telgemeier has created an utterly charming graphic memoir of tooth trauma, first crushes and fickle friends, sweetly reminiscent of Judy Blume's work. One night, Raina trips and falls after a Girl Scout meeting, knocking out her two front teeth. This leads to years of painful surgeries, braces, agonizing root canals and other oral atrocities. Her friends offer little solace through this trying ordeal, spending more of their time teasing than comforting her. After years of these girls' constant belittling, Raina branches out and finds her own voice and a new group of friends. Young girls will relate to her story, and her friend-angst is palpable. Readers should not overlook this seemingly simply drawn work; the strong writing and emotionally expressive characters add an unexpected layer of depth. 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. (Graphic memoir. 12 & up)Read full book review >