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From School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-Sixth-grader Raina falls and severely damages her two front teeth. Through middle school and into high school, she struggles with peer relationships, discovering her own strengths while enduring painful orthodontia. The concluding pages reveal a self-assured high school student who can indeed smile. Full-color comic panels perfectly capture young adolescence.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The dental case that Telgemeier documents in this graphic memoir was extreme: a random accident led to front tooth loss when she was 12, and over the next several years, she suffered through surgery, implants, headgear, false teeth, and a rearrangement of her remaining incisors. Accompanying the physical treatment came social rough spots with friends, while puberty delivered another set of curveballs with crushes, maturing bodies, and changing family expectations and judgments. Both adults and kids—including various dental professionals and younger siblings—are vividly and rapidly portrayed, giving quick access to the memoirist’s world. Telgemeier’s storytelling and full-color cartoony images form a story that will cheer and inspire any middle-schooler dealing with orthodontia. At the same time, she shows how her early career choice as an animator took root during this difficult period—offering yet another gentle reminder that things have turned out fine for the author and can for her reader as well. Grades 5-8. --Francisca Goldsmith --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Graphix; 1.2.2010 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545132061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545132060
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (535 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Sisters, and Drama, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin's Baby-sitters Club series. Raina's accolades include an Eisner Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best Of and Notable lists. Raina lives and works in Queens, NY, with her cartoonist husband, Dave Roman.

Visit her online at www.goRaina.com.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on February 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Smile starts with Raina as a typical pre-teen...until she falls and her two front teeth fall out. She's not only in major pain, but scared, and her trip to the dentist doesn't yield the greatest news; they can put the one tooth they found back in but the other is stuck up in her gums, but she'll have to wear braces. Turns out, there was bone damage, and she endures the braces only to find that her teeth wind up embedded in her gums, leaving her feeling like she's a freak.

Her so-called friends don't help, with their perpetual teasing, but Raina adjusts to being a "brace-face" and weathers typical teenage crushes. As she moves on to a new high school, her friends keep on teasing her and playing pranks, until she finally decides she can seek out new friends who accept as she is.

It's hard not to wince at some of the tooth trials, but Raina is a trooper as she toughs out numerous orthodontist and endodondist and other "dontist" appointments, all rendered in Telgemeier's wonderful drawing style, which complements her story perfectly.

The book ends happily, with a big, toothy smile, and Raina learning that she can find friends who stick by her and don't make fun of her.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Penny for your Thought on February 5, 2010
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I got this book at a Scholastic book fair last month and thought that the comic-book style would be great for my students. I wanted to read the book beforehand and fell in love with the art work and the storyline. It brought back so many memories from my middle school days. Raina is amazing! I've decided to purchase her Babysitters Club books as well!
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By R. Gilmore on February 5, 2010
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My 12-year-old daughter is a big (read: BIG) fan of Raina Telgemeier's graphic-novel adaptations of 'The Babysitter's Club' books. I pre-ordered 'Smile' with the anticipation of giving this to her as a gift. The book fell out of the shipping box, and I couldn't help but peruse its pages. It made me recall the days when I was subjected to the torments of wearing braces as a teenager. Upon skimming through the book, it was clear that this graphic novel was special. It beautifully captures that period in a teen's life when social-awkwardness and orthodontic-care collide, causing emotional and physical trauma.

Telgemeier is a true talent, and confidently displays a skill with her artistic tools that I haven't seen since the heyday of "For Better or for Worse". In fact, the author credits Lynn Johnston as an influence...

It shows.

There is a deft power to Telgemeier's narrative -- there are times when it's a little heartbreaking to read -- going to junior-high school can (at times) be hard. The author does not sugarcoat, and creates a satisfying world for her characters to exist in.
I can't recommend 'Smile' enough. It's heartfelt and funny and perfect for anyone, whether they wear braces or not.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Annathaema on February 1, 2012
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I've said in another review that last year that I had massive amounts of dental work done. I have had terrible teeth since I was very young, stemming from heredity and lack of dental insurance to pay for regular care. As a result I have had a long, long history of dental trauma.

I would have killed for this book at thirteen. As it is, I am 34 and this book made me cry, and made me feel so much better about everything.

I got it after my major oral surgery, and read it while I was recovering. I have long been a fan of Raina's art and I had seen some of her Smile story online, and I was so happy to see more. It really is true-to-life, and the fact it takes place in California - where I live - makes it even more relatable. I cried. I giggled, around the gauze in my mouth. And man, does this ever remind me to brush my teeth and look where I'm running.

I would give this to any kid dealing with braces, bad teeth, even issues unrelated to teeth, because the whole point is that everyone goes through something as a kid that shakes their confidence, and knowing you're not alone makes it a tiny, tiny bit easier to survive it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 22, 2011
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I got this book from the book fair at my school. My friend had it and I kept on bugging her to let me read it, but she wouldn't let me, so I decided I just HAD to get it myself! It is about a girl named Raina who is getting braces. On her way home from girl scouts one night, she falls and knocks out one of her teeth. The other one gets pushed up inside her gums. So now, on top of braces Raina needs to get a retainer with fake teeth attached to it, and even headgear! With boy troubles, and lots of problems with her teeth, Raina's life is a huge mess. The whole book goes from when Raina is in middle school to high school, and in high school she realizes that her friends aren't really friends. This book is SO good!!! I love it because 1, it's a true story 2, it has really good illustrations and 3, it's so funny! I would recommend this book to any girl between the ages 10 - 14. If you want something good to read, BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!! It is definitely worth your money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lane on March 13, 2010
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I got this book for my little sister as a gift when she got her braces off! She loved it! And whats more...since its a TRUE story...she felt like she could relate to Raina (the main character) quite often.

The drawings are exquisite, and the story line is like that of a comic book that's G-rated.

I'd recommend it for young girls 5-9th grade, though, i quite enjoyed it myself being an adult. It's a great little jewel in our library. :)
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