DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier
Kirkus Star

DRAMA

Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

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.

Seventh-grader Callie Marin is over-the-moon to be on stage crew again this year for Eucalyptus Middle School’s production of Moon over Mississippi. Callie's just getting over popular baseball jock and eighth-grader Greg, who crushed her when he left Callie to return to his girlfriend, Bonnie, the stuck-up star of the play. Callie's healing heart is quickly captured by Justin and Jesse Mendocino, the two very cute twins who are working on the play with her. Equally determined to make the best sets possible with a shoestring budget and to get one of the Mendocino boys to notice her, the immensely likable Callie will find this to be an extremely drama-filled experience indeed. The palpably engaging and whip-smart characterization ensures that the charisma and camaraderie run high among those working on the production. When Greg snubs Callie in the halls and misses her reference to Guys and Dolls, one of her friends assuredly tells her, "Don't worry, Cal. We’re the cool kids….He's the dork." With the clear, stylish art, the strongly appealing characters and just the right pinch of drama, this book will undoubtedly make readers stand up and cheer.

Brava! (Graphic fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-545-32698-8
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Graphix/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2012




BEST TEEN BOOKS OF 2012: RIB-TICKLERS:

ChildrenME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL by Jesse Andrews
by Jesse Andrews
ChildrenBETWEEN YOU & ME by Marisa Calin
by Marisa Calin
ChildrenLIA'S GUIDE TO WINNING THE LOTTERY by Keren David
by Keren David

MORE BY RAINA TELGEMEIER

ChildrenSMILE by Raina Telgemeier
by Raina Telgemeier

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenROLLER GIRL by Victoria Jamieson
by Victoria Jamieson
IndieCOREY TO THE RESCUE! by Meg Kimball
by Meg Kimball
ChildrenNOTHING CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG by Prudence Shen
by Prudence Shen
ChildrenWILL & WHIT by Laura Lee Gulledge
by Laura Lee Gulledge