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Smile by Raina Telgemeier
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Apr 23, 15

bookshelves: for_gearbox, graphic-novels, ya, kids-favorites, reviewed
Read in August, 2012

My tween knocked out his two front teeth at camp this summer and our friend loaned him this book. I wish I could gift this book to every child that goes through something like this. My son loved it so much I bought him his own copy.

He had been struggling to articulate and process his feelings and experiences — this book has given him a way to talk about the trauma he’s experiencing as well as his fears. He has read it and reread it; we’ve read it together, alternately laughing and crying. He said, “I feel like it’s an autobiography I didn’t write myself.”

I’m hoping his journey back to a normal smile won’t be as long or as difficult as the author’s, but I know this book will keep him company whatever happens.
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