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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, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by GRAPHIX
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Tallulah Gonsky i disagree with melissa. this book is an easier way for youngish kids to start understanding more about homosexuality because even though there are…morei disagree with melissa. this book is an easier way for youngish kids to start understanding more about homosexuality because even though there are homosexual characters, the book isn't about them, so kids can start to understand that homosexual people are part of life and that they are just like everyone else, and deserve to be treated the same. (less)
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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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

Callie is a middle school girl who loves theater, ever since she was a little girl. So when she finds out her school is putting on a production of he famous show Moon Over Mississippi she is ecstatic. Not a good singer or actress, she becomes a part of the production crew as the set designer. Along the way her best friend becomes in charge of costuming and her new friend gets a great roll in the play. Pretty soon her personal life and the play life becomes intertwined for everyone, and
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, nonjudgmental way. It is completely appropriate for mid ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it

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
Tim Sheppard
Apr 21, 2013 Tim Sheppard rated it did not like it
Shelves: children
(review contains spoilers)

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
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
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
Leila T.
Feb 07, 2013 Leila T. rated it really liked it
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"
Mar 13, 2014 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 03, 2014 Eve rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2014
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.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jul 02, 2012 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, lgbt, 2012
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
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.
Oct 12, 2016 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Raina Telgemeier describes middle school life in ways that make me realize how much it's changed since I taught that age over 2 decades ago. Even my son's middle school didn't have these kinds of drama productions, but what fun it is to see these kids do it. Telgemeier is very popular among pre-teens and her graphic novels explore profound topics in a straightforward way.

In this book Callie is struggling with one crush, then another. She becomes friends with twin brothers Justin and Jesse. Just
Dec 26, 2013 Liza rated it really liked it
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
Jul 28, 2016 Maria rated it liked it
Kayla (BOOKadoodles)
(3.5 stars) Super cute, an unexpected ending, and colorful, fun art!

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

Seth T.
Mar 25, 2013 Seth T. rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
[Looking back over my shoulder / I can see that look in your eye
Turning my heart over and over / I never wanted to say goodbye]

Raina Telgemeier's Drama has been reaping a handy collection of end of the year awards, both physical (I presume) and abstract (crafted of the finest internet points!). Publishers Weekly, Washington Post, New York Times. Booklist, NPR, School Library Journal. They all loved it. In the realm of young adult graphic lit, it's been a good year for Drama.

Which made me feel s
Mar 27, 2015 Ambrossia rated it it was amazing
Drama is one of my favorite books because it shows that being gay is ok. Also that you don't need to keep it a secret from all of your friends.
If one of your friends are feeling down ask them what's wrong. This book shows that things change between friends. Being gay isn't bad it's not wrong to like the Same sex. Same sex is ok some people like the same sex some don't.
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)
Jan 27, 2016 LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD) rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-and-comics
Cute, and funny. I was on stage crew at my school for years, and I totally wish we got to do all the cool things in Drama! A few things were kind of unrealistic- ex. in middle school they usually don't show characters kissing on stage- but I still liked it.
Jun 28, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn
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
Apr 03, 2016 Tiara rated it really liked it
This was actually my daughter's graphic novel and it was cute.
Oct 30, 2015 Olivia rated it really liked it
I really liked the art in Smile and I was intrigued by the ban/challenged book status so I picked it up as soon as I could.

Having been a theatre nerd in high school, little details in this felt all too familiar. The fact it takes place in a middle school is a little odd, just because I can't imagine doing theatre things in middle school (but I suppose that's not a problem average readers will have).

The whole controversy with this book is due to the fact there are gay characters and an image of t
Rhianna Sandoval
Nov 30, 2014 Rhianna Sandoval rated it really liked it
I really liked this book it was so awesome of a book.I loved all the characters of the story.I also love the plot of the story it was really good.I liked this story because it was very descriptive.I hope you one day read this book.I also hope that you like it as much as I did.You may also like the characters as much as I did.
Oct 05, 2016 Sanjana rated it it was amazing
"Drama" by Raina Telgemeier is about a girl named Callie who loves theater. She is part of a friendly stage crew. She has a romantic moment with her crush, Greg. Greg had recently broken up with his girlfriend Bonnie, but he soon has to meet up with her because she called him on the phone in tears. Callie decides to forget about Greg. Meanwhile, the school play that they are planning for is having auditions, and Callie meets two very nice boys that are twins. Justin and Jesse are the twins, and ...more
Oct 14, 2016 Kristie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, comics
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Oct 29, 2013 Alison rated it it was amazing
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

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
Claire Handscombe
Oct 03, 2015 Claire Handscombe rated it really liked it
I'm not exactly the target audience, but I loved this - I really enjoyed the illustrations, as well as the story. I liked the waning too! Would have been helpful if the Twins had more different names so that I could have kept them, ahem, straight, though.
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