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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, 238 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Graphix
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Tallulah 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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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
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
Reading_ Tamishly
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love it so much!!!!!!!!

Want to start reading graphic novels??! Start with this one ASAP!!

One of the best, no, it's actually the best middle grade graphic novel I have read!

The artwork is the best, the characters are amazing, the plot goes pretty good and the character dynamics is really great.

As the title says, the story is about a class organizing a drama for the drama club at school. It shows how a dedicated team works for the success of a good drama show!

It also shows the different personalit
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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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- 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!

- 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
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
Janete on hiatus due health issues
Learning English with a middle-grade graphic novel is super! And this story is very interesting.
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
Sophia Triad
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Callie wants to be an actress, but unfortunately she cannot act or sing. Thus, she becomes the set designer for the school play. Lots of drama around onstage and offstage. Supporting friends and an annoying little brother.
Another excellent graphic novel by our family's favourite author.
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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 t
Erica ♋️✨
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THIS WAS SO CUTE!!!! 🥰💖🏳️‍🌈
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
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.

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
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.
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. :) ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
i'm still trash for this book ...more
Read this with my 8 year old. We both thought it was cute!
Julie G
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
Jan 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
My daughter has read the Babysitter Club books by Raina Telgemeier and Smile and I’ve flipped through them and thought they were fine for a 4th Grader. My daughter checked this one out and then told after she read it that there were some things in it that made her feel uncomfortable and that one of the characters is gay. As the book goes on this becomes more and more of a main storyline. My issue is that this is not talked in the book description at all. There is no mention of gay characters. In ...more
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
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.
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.
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.
Dec 22, 2013 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
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.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
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
The Good:
Gay and bisexual 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.
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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