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PLACES, EVERYONE!

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
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Paperback, 238 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 ho…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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Shannon
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
Nat
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I went into this graphic novel a bit wary, since I had read Telgemeier's Smile and wasn't the biggest fan... But with this newest addition I was ecstatic to find that Drama was nothing like I'd anticipated.

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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-sc
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Calista
Drama Love! I love theatre geeks and people of the theatre. I was in the pit of the musicals and I got to be around the actors and I loved it. Theatre culture is amazing and I adore the people. It is a great experience.

I feel like this little story captures those high school theatre days so well. Raina hits the notes perfectly. There is drama everywhere. There is drama on stage and to top it all off there is the school dance in there to make sure there was enough drama. There is also the main c
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

Drama was meant to be a Banned Books Week selection, but the wait list at the library was a little longer than anticipated (and hopefully full of children who were taking a stand against censorship and not just old ladies like me). Why it’s banned or challenged? Homosexuality – in the form of first crushes. In all actuality it's about the cast, but mainly crew, of the school play and all the goings on while they try to make it to openi
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Kellee Moye
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
Sarah
Jun 27, 2012 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
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Janete
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Learning English with a middle-grade graphic novel is super! And this story is very interesting.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
pros:
- normalized queer rep that is very sweet ♥
- cute art & pretty color palettes
- relatable for anyone who's lived through the horrors of middle school, but esp. if they were/are in drama!

cons:
- honestly... kind of boring :(
- the MC is so boy-crazy it got a little old. I wanted to see more of her interacting with friends she wasn't crushing on!

All in all, though, this was really cute and I enjoy the thought of giving two middle fingers up to everyone who thinks this book should be banned for
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Estelle
Review originally posted on RatherBeReadingBlog.com:

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 t
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Jeff
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was something that you can really connect to! Callie is a normal teen that deals with typical boy drama along with handling a romantic play. However, if you want some advice for boy drama, I wouldn't go to her if I were you. :)
Jenna
I'm not someone who Googles old acquaintances much; I tend to leave the past in the past, and I'm also a bit of a digital recluse. (Who am I kidding: a bit of a recluse in general!) By this I mean that I never got much into Facebook and have limited myself to only dabbling in other platforms. GR is pretty much the only mechanism I regularly use to virtually interact with others, and I like it because it's focused precisely on the literary aspects of life rather than, you know, All Of Life.


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K.
This has consistently been one of the most popular graphic novels for middle graders in every school library I've worked in. It's fun, it's an interesting story, and the art is great.

Essentially, it's the story of a year 7 kid who's working on the set design for the school play. Along the way, she makes new friends, overcomes obstacles in her vision for the play, and struggle buses her way through friendships and crushes.

I loved the fact that it's a middle grade graphic novel with LGBTQIA repr
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Manybooks
Although both Raina Telgemeier's autobiographic Smile and Sisters have been not only personal favourites but have also done much to enamour me a bit more of Middle Grade graphic novels in general (and this especially for themes like family and friendship), I cannot say that I have found her Drama in any manner equally engaging and enjoyable. And I guess that my main issue with Drama has for the most part been that unlike Smile and Sisters (which I have indeed found very personally relatable and ...more
Cristina Monica
This is my fifth book from Raina Telgemeier, so I’m familiar with her style. That said, I find this book to be the weakest, less captivating and most dramatic graphic novel she’s written/illustrated.

Drama is to be expected. After all, the title is literally DRAMA. So I did expect it and was able to tolerate it – Actually, in many cases, drama can make a story more interesting. If I’m watching Grey’s Anatomy, it’s not because the medical cases are so darn fun.

It’s because of the drama. But unfor
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Melki
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The drama is mostly off stage in this teen-filled soap opera surrounding a high school musical. Kids here are trying to discover themselves, and their sexual orientation . . . all while putting on a
Broadway-quality production. And, I love that Telgemeier focuses mostly on the stage crew rather than the actors.

Favorite line - But think of the people who might come if they knew there was a cannon involved.

This is utterly charming from beginning to end.
Mike
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
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Julie
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Summer of the Graphic Novel continues at our house. . .

I love the bold and playful illustrations in this one (some might call the artwork. . . dramatic?) and Callie is my personal favorite so far of all of Telgemeier's characters.

Our son graduated from a high school that has a drama program that you just would NOT believe. Every show we have attended has been at "off Broadway" standards, and several of his peers have gone on to pursue Broadway and/or a serious study of music at Berklee, so
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Marie the Librarian
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay im officially a Raina Telgemeier fan. Her stories and characters and illustrations are sooo good and relateable. Down to earth and realistic. And so cute.
Ivan
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
i'm still trash for this book
Rebecca McNutt
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting and funny little graphic novel, but it doesn't have much to offer in terms of originality. First Jeff Kinney, now it's Raina Telgemeier who's the next middle-grade graphic novel star. But these books are all the same, just typical school stuff with no substance. ...more
Krissy
Read this with my 8 year old. We both thought it was cute!
Mark
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
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Claire
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.
Shreya
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I like the art style of the book. The story was nice too but the main character is super boy crazy. It would have been nice to see her with her friends a little more then potential love interests.
Leila T.
Jan 31, 2013 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 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.
Carmen
May 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Children of progressive parents
The Good:
Gay and bisexual characters...in 8th grade
A strong female protagonist who (in the end) learns that she doesn't need a boyfriend to be happy/complete.

The Bad:
A bunch of characters who look alike. I know one was a set of twins, but still.
A rather "blah" story about nothing much.
Idarah
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Emily O
Nov 01, 2016 added it
Shelves: second-9-weeks
Drama is another Graphic Novel I've loved. You can't even imagine what Callie (Main Character) was going threw. Callie loves theater. She always has. But when her school decided to put on the play Moon Over Mississippi they have many singing parts. Callie is not great at singing, so she doesn't think she will make the part she wanted. Instead of taking part in the play, she decided to be the set designer. Callie also has a budget to work around. She is determined to make the best set under budge ...more
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