Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

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by Raina Telgemeier
233 pages
Graphic Novel
September 2012

Book Jacket Summary

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

My Thoughts
Raina Telgemeier has middle school down pat. Between Drama and Smile, the relationships and friendships that take place during the middle school years are spot on (at least my years there). Drama focuses on Callie, her love of theater, and all the fun that comes with working backstage.
Callie is a theater geek and loves working on building sets. Her whole world revolves around the theater and now they are putting on Moon Over Mississippi. She has big plans and hopes to pull off a cannon for the battle scene, if her relationships let her. She meets Justin and Jesse at the theater signups and they are instant friends. Friendships, love, crushes, and theater are the big themes of this book. I really do not want to give much away because there are so many twists and turns- just like middle school!
I would recommend this one as a keeper because the story and the illustrations are wonderful. I am a huge fan of Raina and I always buy her graphic novels!

Book Pairings
Zebrafish by Peter M. Reynolds and Fable Vision 
Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Smile by Raina Telgemeier 
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge


1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed reading Drama, too, and I thought of you when I was reading it last year. :) Telgemeier has an amazingly accurate voice in this book, so I should really check out Smile when I can. Thanks for your great review, Karen!


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