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Drama by Raina Telgemeier
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Sep 03, 12

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Read on September 03, 2012

Since her first book (Smile) is the most popular book in my library, I couldn't wait for this book to come out! I picked it up at the Decatur Book Festival and even had the author sign it to my students. I read the book this morning and I really liked it. The pictures are great and the story revolves around a middle school stage crew and a musical--totally up my alley! I'm just a little concerned about some of the content in this book. It's definitely a middle school book. I mistakenly assumed this book would be appropriate for 2nd-5th grades. But, I think I'm wrong. I'm curious if other elementary school librarians will put this on the shelf? I WANT to, I just think my students will A. Be immature about it (b/c, let's face it...they are immature by definition) and B. some parents might challenge it. All that aside, I don't want to keep it off the shelf--but how do I monitor who checks it out (as in definitely not 2nd graders who LOVE Smile)? This will be a tough one...
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Diane Greiner Lindsay - I am in the same boat. I was so excited to see Drama come out because my students loved the book Smile so much. I am a school librarian with 4th and 5th graders and I am torn. This is a wonderful story about acceptance and the subject matter is handled very well, but I am not sure my students are ready for this topic, or better yet, are the parents? It is definitely a book to be included in a middle school library, but I am not sure about upper elementary.


Lindsay Waddell I don't know why I'm just seeing your comment. Thank you for making me feel better! I think middle school is where it belongs. I've had a few 5th graders ask for it, but I have just told them they need to get it at the public library.


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