The_cover_of_Raina_Telgemeier's_book,_Smile

I read about this book over at one of my favorite blogs:
http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com
As luck would have it, it was sitting on the shelve in my teen area. I picked it up and read the first chapter and was hooked. I brought it home and my nine-year old son found it and read it in an hour. My thirteen year old nephew said he has already read it. It took me about an hour to finish it. I brought it into work and convinced my co-workers to read it. It is really that good. It is my new go-to for those staff that come to me and say “My supervisor wants me to read a graphic novel. Do you have any suggestions?”

So what’s so great about it? The story and the art work totally great together, just like any graphic novel should. The panels are easy to follow – you don’t have to wonder which one you should read next or if you missed one. And the story. The story is great.

It opens with a girl in a dentist chair who is preparing to get braces a pretty common thing that most everyone can relate to. BUT, on her way into her house that night she falls and lands teeth first knocking out one of her front teeth and sending the other one straight into her gums. What follows is five years of orthodenture that ultimately lead to a beautiful smile. The author brings you through the journey with her, including giving up one group of friends and finding her niche and surviving the San Francisco Earthquake. I did not even realize that it was a memoir until I was almost all the way through. When I realized that, I loved the book even more.

I would recommend this book to anyone from tweens to adults.

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  1. I bought a copy for my then 10-year-old son. He saw it at a Scholastic book sale at his school (the cover caught his eye) and started reading it, and didn’t want to put it down. The book is well-worn– and well-loved. I’ll have to borrow it and read it now!

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