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Drama Paperback – September 1, 2012
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*Starred Review* Callie loves the theater, even if she can’t sing well enough to perform in her beloved musicals. But when drama and romance—both onstage and off—cause problems, Callie finds that set design may be the easiest part of putting on a play. Telgemeier is prodigiously talented at telling cheerful stories with realistic portrayals of middle-school characters. Callie is likable, hardworking, and enthusiastic, but she is as confused about relationships and love as any young teen, and she flits from crush to crush in a believable fashion. Nonactors will love having a spotlight shine on the backstage action, but even those who shun the stage will identify with this roller-coaster ride through young teen emotions. In addressing issues such as homosexuality, Drama is more teen oriented than Telgemeier’s elementary-school-friendly Smile (2010). Her deceptively simple art may seem cartoonish, but it is grounded in a firm sense of style and washed in warm colors to give the story an open, welcoming feel. In this realistic and sympathetic story, feelings and thoughts leap off the page, revealing Telgemeier’s keen eye for young teen life. Grades 6-9. --Snow Wildsmith --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
* "With the clear, stylish art, the strongly appealing characters and just the right pinch of drama, this book will undoubtedly make readers stand up and cheer. Brava!" -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Telgemeier is prodigiously talented at telling cheerful stories with realistic portrayals of middle-school characters." -- Booklist, starred review
* "The full-color cartoon-style illustrations are graceful, assured, and, along with the twists and turns of the plot, guarantee an entertaining and enlightening read." -- School Library Journal, starred review
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I don't have a problem with homosexuality in a book for this age group, but I would have liked to have had some heads-up about it before I gave it to them. My daughter brought it to me to show me some of the "really weird things in this book". My wife and I have never spoken disparagingly of any sexual preference/lifestyle/however-you-like-to-categorize. We're just not like that. But as our gay friends and acquaintances are in areas of our life far removed from our children (not by deliberate choice, just the way things happen with introverts like us) they had not been exposed to any but heterosexual monogamy and I would have preferred to have had some amount of conversation before they encountered the homosexuality in the book.
On the other hand this prompted the discussion which we have never had before, and that is ultimately a good thing. This just wasn't how I would have chosen to do it.
Once again, this award-winning author introduces a diverse cast of characters facing the familiar difficulties of growing up. The messages of perseverance and loyalty are only made stronger by the backdrop of a school theatre production as the cast and crew work to discover their talents and explore the boundaries of their comfort zones.