Books – Drama


Written and drawn by Raina Telgemeier
Colors by Gurihiru

Scholastic/Graphix, September 1, 2012
240 pages, Full-color
Ages 10-14

Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0545326988
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0545326995

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Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she’s a terrible singer. Instead she’s the set designer for the 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! Following the success of SMILE, Raina Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!

Praise for DRAMA

* A Stonewall Honor Book

* Harvey Award Nominee

* NPR: 5 Great Summer Reads for Teens

* A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012

* A Washington Post Best Book of 2012

* New York Times Editors’ Choice

* Booklist Editors’ Choice

* NPR: Graphic Novels that Flew Under the Radar

* New York Public Library’s 100 Titles For Reading and Sharing

* School Library Journal Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2012


The author follows up her award-winning graphic novel Smile with another dead-on look at the confusing world of middle school, sweetly capturing all the drama swirling around the school production. . . . Should be eagerly devoured by her many fans.
–Publishers Weekly, starred review


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!
–Kirkus, starred review


In this realistic and sympathetic story, feelings and thoughts leap off the page, revealing Telgemeier’s keen eye for young teen life.
–Booklist, starred review


An entertaining and enlightening read.
–School Library Journal, starred review


Telgemeier draws up-by-their-book-bags characters who value hard work and seize a chance that has nothing to do with looks or even with love. . . . The better Telgemeier’s books sell, the less hand-wringing to do over the next generation. If this is what the youth of America are into, the kids are all right.
New York Times Book Review


Hilarious. . . . Telgemeier’s graphic artist skills make this novel a pleasure to read and re-read.
–Horn Book


Raina Telgemeier delivers a star turn with her graphic novel follow-up to Smile, with this tale of Callie and her middle-grade drama (double entendre intended). Encore!
–Shelf Awareness