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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 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
Paperback, 233 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by GRAPHIX
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The Holy Terror
It might be difficult to tell from the page count, but this is actually a graphic novel. I took this with me to the gym today, I've been going to the gym regularly for the first time in my life to try to correct some injuries instead of succumbing to surgery and I wanted to try to read while exercising. So I thought I'd bring something easy that didn't require a lot of concentration since they play music in the gym and I normally can't read if I hear music with words, but there was just enough a ...more
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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
Tim Sheppard
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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
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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

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
Still just as outstanding on a reread. Funny, fast read, with great artwork, and a strong message.

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
This book had more romantic twists than an episode of My So-Called Life! Being the drama kid that I was, I wish this had been centered more on the middle school stage production. It also felt rushed and 2-D, which is how I felt about Stitches. Oh well, I'm still a Telgemeir fan.
I'll be honest: the only reason I read this book was that I heard it had a gay character.

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
Leila T.
I am currently reading Drama by Raina Telegemeier. So far I think the theme of the book is to follow your dreams and never give up. I think this because so far in the book the characters have all been doing what they love and is their dream like, if they wanted to be quarter back on the football team then the character would go to football tryouts and if they wanted to play violin they would audition for orchestra. One example from the book is right when sign-ups are posted for the school play s ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Fun behind the scenes look at being a backstage drama nerd in junior high (although this felt more like high school to me). Callie is a very appealing young woman with a passion for set design. I love that she is more concerned about getting the prop cannon to work than she is about finding a boyfriend, although she does have a crush.

Just the right amount of twists, a dash of teenage embarrassment, and lots of humor. Especially recommended for theater kids.
Claire Scott
LOVE. Cannot say this enough, and a longer, more pithy review will be coming soon, but I want to see this one in EVERY. SINGLE. LIBRARY. Multiple copies. Elementary, middle, high school, public, I want it there. And Rainbow Committee, COLAGE, Our Family Coalition, GSA Network, GLSEN, I want this on every book list, you'd be idiots not to.

Every so often I just want to gush thanks and praise at an author, and I am totally there with this one right now.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
As a huge fan of SMILE and Raina Telgemeier, I was excited to read DRAMA and thankful that I was able to pick up an ARC at ALA. I was also thrilled to meet both Raina and her husband Dave at ALA. And I think it was Raina who said that DRAMA is a little like "GLEE for Middle School". I think that is an apt comparison. Raina's humor and ability to celebrate the day to day stuff in the lives of tweens to young teens is remarkable. DRAMA focuses more on the behind the scenes folks of the Drama club ...more
Honestly wanted to give this book three stars, but when I saw all the concern-trolling reviews, I gave it four. Many little kids have parents/cousins/aunts/uncles/grandparents/family friends/whatever in same-gender relationships. "Drama" is by NO MEANS an inappropriate read for any elementary school kid. If you think so, then you best be banning books depicting opposite-gender romances. My nine-year-old niece read this after we both read "Smile" and she loved it but warned me that "Some people t ...more
Jun 28, 2012 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
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My kids will adore this book. I really enjoyed it. Best thing about it: it is a book about theater where getting cast as the star is not a significant part of the story. No... the best thing about this book is the relationships between the kids, so real, so heart-breaking, and refreshing. Or maybe the best thing is the art, the way the kids' emotions are so clearly conveyed, the colors, the elegant lines, the hints of manga styling but very accessible to general audiences. No, I think the very b ...more

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
I really enjoyed Smile and Drama did not disappoint. I liked that it mainly focused on the stage crew instead of the actors. And falling for the guy who turns out to be gay, yeah, hello high school.

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

I was always, ALWAYS hoping that Raina Telgemeier would write another original piece, after the wonderfulness of Smile (which is one of my favourite graphic novels/memoirs to date), and Drama is EXACTLY what I had been hoping for.

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
A production in the life of Eucalyptus Middle School, and of 7th grade theater fanatic and set designer Callie. When Callie finds out the school is putting on her favorite Civil War musical, she quickly signs on as set designer, working with old friends and meeting new ones--and possible romantic interests. Her romantic life is very up and down these days; Greg kissed her, but the next day got back together with his mean-girl girlfriend. Then Greg's brother Matt is just a jerk, but meanwhile Cal ...more
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I wanted to read this book because I really liked "Smile" by the same author. This book is definitely a YA (middle school) book, with issues that junior high kids go through--crushes, friendship, sexual identity, etc.

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
i LOVED Raina Telgemeier's graphic novel Smile. I've bought at least 20 copies of that book for middle school classroom libraries... it is a classic. So I was super psyched for her latest graphic novel Drama.

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
Wandering Librarians
Callie's passion is the theater. She and her friends are the devoted stage crew of Eucalyptus Middle School. Callie will do whatever she has to to make sure the sets are beyond perfect. Sometimes it's hard

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
Well, first off, I gotta say, this book was just.... SO CUTE! =D I loved it! There is a lot of laugh-out-loud humor and funny moments. It was really interesting and there were so many dramatic moments! :D I can kinda relate to the main character. :D I really enjoyed it! However, I kinda liked Smile better. Callie is an awesome main character! However, I don't really think this book should be classified as a juvenile book. It more of a YA book. There are some parts of this book, that I ...more
I wish that Drama had existed when I was a middle schooler.

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
Andy Shuping
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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
A delightful book that reminded me so much of some painful audition/performing experiences from high school. (Well, sometimes it was good. Auditioning--always painful.) Key high school--this takes place in a middle school, but I kept thinking that both the production and the characters seemed a lot more like sophomores and juniors in high school than seventh- and eighth-graders, and indeed, the author's brief note in the back seems to suggest that this is inspired by her high school experiences, ...more
Sarah Sammis
Oct 22, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarah by: The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log
This so appealed to the former stage crew geek in me. I was very much like Callie (minus the relationship drama...I went to an all girls school in the late 80s, so there were no boys to "distract" us, and no one was out in a Catholic high school in our area back then, so we didn't have that drama either).

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
I'm really glad Raina made this book. And I'm glad Scholastic is publishing it. And I hope it gets a lot of attention. Are there any other books this accessible which feature, significantly, homosexuality in such an unbiased, that's-just-part-of-life, natural way? Smile was such a success, I have to think that Drama will make its way into the hands of many, many readers. And that makes me very happy.
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