By Raina Telgemeier
Audience: All Teens
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 carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
Ok, so I wondered why Smile is in the Children's Graphic Novel section, but Drama is in the Teen Graphic Novel section. The only thing I can figure is that sexual orientation comes up, which makes me sad.
That being said, this book was a lot of fun. My Drama experience was limited to going to plays and one day of going to a tech crew meeting. It did not go well, obviously. So I enjoyed seeing what the theater world may have been like at my school. Also, the main character has pink and purple hair (so cool!) Lucky duck.
Also, the boy drama! Crazy, indeed. I liked the twins, and I had a hard time keeping track of them! They were so different and they were drawings, but I still had to think about which one was which. I was so glad Callie had a good friend like Liz to be there for her.
So my favorite part -- definitely the cannon! How AWESOME would that have been? You should read it to find out what I'm talking about!