Title: Smile

Author: Raina Telgemeier

IBSN: 0545241820

Publisher: Graphix

Copyright Date: 2010

Genre: Graphic novel

Reading Level: 5th grade

Interest Age: 13 yrs. +

Challenge Issues: N/A

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Information about author: Raina Telgemeier was born on May 26, 1977. She was born in San Francisco, California. She became a cartoonist. She attended the School of Visual Arts. Her real life experiences served as inspiration for her books.

Telgemeier has some experiences writing books. She has written X-Men: Misfits, Flight and Take Out. Although she is known for Smile. For Smile she won multiple awards. She won the Boston Globe-Horn Award and New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.

Plot Summary: This is Raina Telegemeier’s autobiographical graphic novel. This books starts as she is in the eighth grade and goes into her high school years. It mainly tells about her struggles with dental work after an accident. But along the way like most teen girls she deal with bullying, middle school, and puberty. Of course, she also deals with both friendships and romantic relationships.

Critical Evaluation:

Reader’s annotation: Have you ever felt like you were too fat, too ugly, too..fill in the blank? Read how Raina Telegemeier overcame all those “too..fill in the blank” to simply become Raina.

Book talk ideas: Smile is about Raina Telegemier’s battle with dental problems through her teen years and learning about herself.

Why did you include this book?: This book advocates for girl’s self esteem. During the teenage years, it is important for girls to build a positive self-esteem.

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