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
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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 ...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 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
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
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
Just the right amount of twists, a dash of teenage embarrassment, and lots of humor. Especially recommended for theater kids.
Every so often I just want to gush thanks and praise at an author, and I am totally there with this one right now.
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
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.
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
[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 ...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 ...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