Cover image for Drama / Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Gurihiru.
Title:
Drama / Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Gurihiru.
ISBN:
9780545326995
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Graphix, 2012.
Physical Description:
233 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Abstract:
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.
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Summary

Summary

The bestselling, award-winning author of Smile brings us her next full-colour graphic novel!

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi , she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the 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 carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that comes once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! Following the success of Smile , Raina Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!


Author Notes

Raina Telgemeier attended the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, as an Illustration and Cartooning student. She received her BFA in 2002.

Raina is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, the co-author of X-Men: Misfits, which made the New York Times' Graphic Books Bestseller List, and the author and illustrator of Smile, which was recently named an Honor Book in the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Her other work includes Ghosts, Drama, and Sisters

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Seventh-grader Callie has been in love with the stage ever since she saw Les Miz when she was younger. Since her singing skills leave much to be desired, she's forged a place for herself at the drama club as the set decorator. While her love for the stage is clear, which boy she loves is a different matter. Is it Greg, the handsome eighth-grade jock who trifled with her while on a break from his diva girlfriend, Bonnie? Or Justin, the cute boy who is playing the comic relief in the middle school production of Moon over Mississippi?-who happens to be gay. Or what about his twin brother, Jesse, who isn't gay and is helping Callie with set decorating? The author follows up her award-winning graphic novel Smile with another dead-on look at the confusing world of middle school, sweetly capturing all the drama swirling around the school production: from jealousies and misunderstandings to the last-minute surprise stage substitution that may not make a star, but helps settle who likes who. Telgemeier's manga-infused art has some moments of heartache, but the generally cheerful and affirming story should be eagerly devoured by her many fans. Ages 9-13. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Like Telgemeiers previous graphic novel, Smile (a 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book), this new one will appeal to a wide range of readers. Seventh-grader Callie Marin loves musical theater, and though she isnt much of a singer (which she good-naturedly proves to all in a hilarious scene), she expresses and fulfills her passion by working as a set designer for the school drama club. Her second year on stage crew turns out to be fraught with drama, on and off the set. Not only is the musical a love story, but in real life Callie has a crush on eighth-grader Greg, whose younger brother (and fellow stage-crew member) has a secret crush on Callie. Greg, however, is dating Bonnie, who dumps him for her costar in the play, West, who eventually dumps her for the boy whom Callie has just begun to like. Then Greg asks Callie out. Phew! But Telgemeier handles it all with aplomb and, despite the romantic drama, nothing happens beyond a few innocent kisses. She gets her middle-school characters just right -- from kids who, like Justin, are gay and know it ("Gay? You can say it! I dont mind") to those who, like Callie, wouldnt recognize a gay guy if he clasped his hands and squee-ed over musical auditions, as Justin does when they first meet. As in Smile, Telgemeiers graphic artist skills make this novel a pleasure to read and re-read; of special note is her thoughtful use of the page turn -- for surprise, for a pause, for emotional effect. jennifer m. brabander (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.