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Preview — Drama by Raina Telgemeier
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 carpe...more
Raina Telgemeier does it again. She has a knack for telling a serious yet humorous story with colorful, fun artwork. I loved her main character Callie- she was a very real 7th grade girl. I also loved that this book was not about the lead actress in a musical- it was about the stage crew (though some actors did play a part). Raina also does a wonderful job at introducing middle school boys who are questioning their sexuality in an unbiased, no...more
I am absolutely giddy in love with Raina Telgemeier’s work.
Drama is the first graphic novel I’ve ever read and while it only took me about an hour to get through it, I couldn’t stop going back and smiling over the details in these colorful scenes and how perfectly Raina has been able to capture the middle school experience.
And for the theater lovers, finally: a book that celebrates those dear people who work on the stage crew, the kookiness tha...more
I was not pleasantly surprised by Drama. I was suprised in an unpleasant sense. I too was happy to see that Raina had a new book coming, but this one brings up an inappropriate topic for many young kids.
It almost seems trendy these days to throw in some hot-button issues when writing a tween/YA book. Is it in order to be considered for an award? The problem is that it is done without much thought. Yes, homosexuality is a real issue that many kids must deal with, but it...more
Guest Post by Addie, my 9-year-old daughter
DRAMA is about girl named Callie who is in a acting class at school. She likes a boy who finds out he is gay in acting class. Callie loves to read acting books at the library. In this book Callie is a set designer and at the end of the she becomes the stage manager.
I would recommend this book to my friends because I think they would like it. Callie learns about gay people and how she can still be friends with them.
My reaction: Well, I guess I probably s...more
Raina Telgemeir, whose SMILE was such a fantastic middle-grade memoir, returns to the middle school hallways with this graphic novel. Callie, a 7th grade theater geek and stage techie, is in charge of set design for her school’s spring musical, MOON OVER MISSISSIPPI. Callie’s comfortable in her role in the crew (she learned long ago that her voice would never win her a leading role), and she loves w...more
That's not something I'd normally do; I have no problems with gay characters in books, but I don't normally go out of my way to look for them. What made this book different was that it was a middle-grade book, meant for kids as young as second grade. I didn't know such a book existed, let alone one published by Scholastic. After I heard about Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant's story with Remnatns, I sor...more
Every so often I just want to gush thanks and praise at an author, and I am totally there with this one right now.
I was a stage crew geek in high school, and this book is a totally accurate and wonderful representation of the under-represented behind the scenes folk. Stage crew is important and awesome too!! Also, I loved the LGBT themes Raina brings up in this one (although it seems a liiiiittle more high schoolish than middle schoolish -- the whole time I was reading this I was thinking, "hmm, this feels more like a high school than a middle school..."), and the awkwardness of first lov...more
Just the right amount of twists, a dash of teenage embarrassment, and lots of humor. Especially recommended for theater kids.
Drama, by Raina Telgemeier is a graphic novel dealing with both the on- and off-stage drama that takes place during a middle school production of a school play. Several things about the book are quite well-done. First, the characters are pretty representative of many personalities one might see in a true middle school, and they are dealing with many of the same issues that middle schoolers deal with: changing friendships, the desire for more freedom amid the continued reliance on parents for tr...more
While DRAMA does come from a similar place as SMILE, this one is less of a personal venture. We follow Callie, a middle school theatre geek, and her two new friends, twins Justin and Jesse, throughout the year as they go through the creation, rehearsals and performances...more
Callie is a middle schooler who love the theater. When her school puts on one of her favorite musicals, Callie volunteers as part of the stage crew, and she goes all out to make the most dramatic and memorable stage scenes. Not only is there a lot of drama onstage, there's much mor...more
Drama really does live up to its name. Whole lotta drama. The difficulty and discomfort I had was around the way sexual orientation was handled. The story has gay, bisexual and bi-curious characters, which is absolutely realistic and I think necessary in young adult lit. But, the acceptance...more
Loved. Totally adorable. So sweet I want to snuggle it. Especially if you were ever a theater kid, whether on stage or off, it will be such fun to read this. But even if you're not, you'll still enjoy it because it's about boy issues and friend issues and growing up.
Callie and her friends are a...more
Telgemeier's book opens its narrative arms to encompass an unexpected breadth of young people and their relationships. Callie and her friends are sometimes foolish, selfish, jealous, rude and prone to jumping to conclusions; but at heart, they're all decent people trying to do their best by each other. They make stupid, understandable mistakes and learn from them. They're mean or short-tempered, feel regret and make amends. They get cau...more
Callie loves the theater. She knows she can’t sing (she and her family discovered that early on) but she’s a fantastic hand for the stage crew. This year she’s the set designer and she’s planning on creating a set that will put all others to shame. One small problem...they don’t have much of a budget. And ticket sales just don’t seem to be there yet. Plus there’s all kinds of middle school drama around and she just might have her first crush or two! How will the play eve...more
Aside from the drama teacher giving the kids an awful lot of freedom, everything about the back stage geeks rang true. The special bond that you develop with those who hammer, paint, sew, hang w...more