Smile

Author: Raina Telgemeier
Reading Range: 2.6 (AR Finder)
Interest Range: 4-8 (AR Finder)
Plot: This is the humorous autobiographical story of Raina Telgemeier. She tells the story of how she lost her front teeth and the things she had to do to fix them. This happened when she was starting middle school. She was coming home from a girl scout meeting. She and her friends start to run home when she falls and knocks her front teeth out. Eventually they were able to fix her teeth but she had to endure a lot before it was done. She lives through an earthquake. She has to see good dentists and bad dentists. She starts to become comfortable with herself and her teeth. She discovers who her friends are but also who she is.
Review: Many of my students enjoy this book. They like reading about Raina and what she goes through. She makes it funny even through at the time it must have been very hard for her to go through this. It sounded like it was very painful. I imagine she took a lot of pain medicine. I liked this book because many people have something they do not like about themselves. Raina has her teeth and it makes it hard for her to accept herself. Also, it shows how hard middle school can be when someone is different. I liked the fact that she was able to stand up to her friends when they were treating her bad. Her friends say some insensitive things to her about her teeth. Raina choose to tell her story in a graphic novel form. I enjoyed reading her story and seeing how she saw it.
Additional Info:
This is a true story.
Main Characters:
Raina-She is the main character. She loses her front teeth and has to go through a number of horrible dental procedures before they are fixed.
Mom-She helps Raina through this as best she can.
Amara-She is Raina’s sister.
Will-He is Raina’s brother.

Theme:  Coming of Age, Empowerment, Growing up

Bibliographic Info: Telgemeier, R. (2010) Smile. Scholastic: New York, NY

Tagline:  Family, Friends, Boys. . .Dental Drama?!

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