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Drama

by Raina Telgemeier

SCHOLASTIC INC | September 1, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Drama is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
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!

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.99 × 5.56 × 0.79 in

Published: September 1, 2012

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545326990

ISBN - 13: 9780545326995

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute boys? OMG I think this book is a good one when cally enters a play the drama begins when 2 sexy twin boys come along one of them who is gay love him?? Great book
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL READ!!!! My granddaughter read her first book and so I bought that for her and also bought the second book. She was so pleased when she got them.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drama! That’s What Raina Telgemeier Gives Us!! After the triumph of the greatness of Smile, Raina Telgemeier gives us a wonderful new story, full of characters and situations and topical issues. In fact, it is full of Drama. And that is my very dramatic, slightly meta, way to introduce the newest tale from the award-winning creator of Smile. Pulling on the semi-autobiographical strings again, Raina puts the character “representing” her into a new setting and lets us in on this unique story. Callie is in middle school and absolutely loves the theater. Just completely loves theater. Theater is her life beyond life. The theater is her future, which question. Do you think she likes theater? Yep, she does! So to scratch this dramatic itch, Callie joins the theater club in order to put on the school play. She is a veteran and loves set design, which quickly becomes her new obsession throughout the rest of the story. The only distraction, besides the behind the scenes shenanigans, is two students who join in as well. These twin boys, one of whom is gay, quickly becomes her new best friends forever. She also quickly starts crushing on the other twin, adding to the angst. As the musical preparations continue apace, Callie must navigate her feelings, the internal politics of her fellow club members, and learn to keep multiple secrets. Only some of this she does successfully. To compound her own drama, Callie is determined to get a working “cannon” on stage for the crescendo of one of the musical acts. This subplot builds and builds, with us all rooting her on and trying to help figure this out for her. Ideas are tried, much stress is caused, all to attain this seemingly impossible goal. Will she get the “cannon” to work? Tune into Drama to see the answer for yourself! To add to the complexity of this journey, Raina decided to make Drama a stage drama as well. In the finest meta tradition, the story of Callie is told in a framing sequence of a play. We have the curtain rising, the actors in place, and into the action we go, with an intermission appropriately placed just over halfway through. You realize this right off the top, which gives the story an unique thrill, and promptly lets us forget all this as we get absorbed into Callie’s travails. So when the intermission hits, it slaps us yet again with its genius. Raina, you outdid yourself with this concept. Very dramatic! Callie makes you want jump for joy for her passions and excitement for life. It is always interesting and wonderful, and, I have to say it, full of Drama.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Realistic and funny, and so true to life. I had the pleasure of meeting Raina Telgemeier at the Scholastic 'reader's theatre' event in June to profile upcoming releases, and she was, in a word, fantastic! She was just as engaging and funny as her novels, and it gave me a new appreciation of how much of herself she inserts into each of her graphic novels. "Drama" is the follow-up to "Smile", her excellent award-winning web comic and subsequent graphic novel about a teen that comes to terms with mouth surgery and new braces after an accident. That novel paralleled Telgemeier's own experiences, and was at times desperately poignant and hysterically funny. Students snapped up her work, choosing to re-read it again and again due to her honesty and her ability to unerringly capture middle and high school life so vividly. "Drama" is the story of Telgemeier's love of theatre, starting in middle school, and completely encompasses the many feelings and (pardon the pun) dramas that occur in that setting. The descriptions of life behind the scenes of a drama production - middle school, high school or community theatre - were unbelievably realistic. I felt at times that Telgemeier had been fly on the wall, both for my own experiences as a student and as a staff advisor, and the conversations were always truthful. I loved when Callie decided to audition – fully aware of her own level of talent – in order to encourage her friend to follow her lead. Her bravado and willingness to make herself look foolish for a friend really endeared her to me, and I was absolutely committed to seeing how her final act would play out. What I really enjoyed about this book was that the author was unafraid to discuss that 'elephant in the room' - the question of sexuality that pops up with all the kids involved in the Drama program. (As a side note, isn't it interesting that we never question the sexuality of the science fair kids?). Callie encounters some serious crushes over the course of the book, and she begins to develop a sense of what she is looking for in a partner. The question of "who is/who isn't" is handled with sensitivity and support, and Callie's responses when she realizes that some of her friends are gay are realistic and honest. The artistry in the novel is of an equal caliber to that in “Smile” – engaging artwork with vivid colours that draw you into the story as much as the narration. The facial expressions on each of the characters crack me up, and I hope that there will be many more Callie stories to come! Middle School is a time of great growth for students. They start the year as one person, and finish as completely different young adults. They begin to find their niches, and the groups of friends that go along with those interests, and “Drama” does an excellent job of portraying how important those groups of similarly minded students become to each other. This is an excellent read, not only for the theatre ‘geeks’ in your life, but for the Middle Schoolers struggling to find out just who they are and who they are going to be. “Drama” is an engaging and hysterical read for everyone. "Drama" was received by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It is published by Scholastic via Graphix, and can be purchased through Scholastic or at Indigo, Amazon or your friendly indie bookseller. ISBN: 9780545326995, 240 pages. Scholastic and author Raina Telgemeier have a great trailer for the book - see it below: [youtube=http://youtu.be/ysWrqAMktc0]
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing & Real The Good Stuff Boy does Raina grasp adolescent angst and honestly and realistically portrays it Illustrations are delightfully appealing Reminds me of the awkward stage of growing up and the confusing feelings we have towards boys at that stage Sweet and funny a story that will actually appeal to the suggested age range and not what parents think kids want to read - Librarians, Teachers, Parents take note - you might want to get a couple of copies of this one very realistic - damn think I have said that over and over - but that is one of its biggest strengths Strong realistic gay character - makes the character accepted for who he is without the typical gay guys are bullied that we see in most books - I think it is age appropriate as well Great messages about friendship, love and acceptance Don't want to spoil the ending but it is beautiful, realistic and isn't stereotypical disney type ending The Not So Good Stuff Callie is an intelligent girl, do not understand why she would fall for Jesse when she already knows he's gay -- doesn't really go with her character -- but than again hey us girls are always falling for boys that are not right for us Favorite Quotes/Passages (Have to see the graphic novel to really get it) "When you say he's cute, do you mean like.." "Like, I Like boys? yeah." "Oh. Huh." "Um, is that cool? Is it okay that I told you?" "It's cool.. I guess I was never really sure if anyone I knew was actually ..um.." "Gay? you can say it. I don't mind." "You are the best friend EVER!" "Darn right I am." "I want the audience to believe that the actors really live inside of the world on stage." "I'd live in a world like this." "It's one thing to dream it..and another thing to actually build it." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Absolutely perfect for theatre geeks (that is a compliment - love the theatre geeks) Most likely will appeal more to girls, but boys might enjoy as well (just going by my experience with my 2 kids) Recommend highly for all public and middle school library collections Also teachers who don't freak out about the gay character - would be great for a classroom discussion (And for those teachers/parents/librarians who freak out about the gay character -- get over it - some people are straight - some people are gay - its all normal) 4.25 Dewey's I picked up a copy at Book Expo America 2012
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute middle-grade graphic novel about theatre production Callie is a 7th grade student who loves everything about the theatre. She lives & breathes the backstage life all while juggling friendships and crushes. When the school announces one of her favourite musicals as that year’s production, she immediately goes into set designer mode, eagerly helping out in all different departments as well. Meeting new friends and dealing with weird behaviour from old ones, Callie goes through what many young people do at that age – heartaches, heartbreaks and a lot of growing up in the process. This adorable middle-grade graphic novel is a fantastic read. The drawings are vivacious and cute, with a story that is familiar, yet unique at the same time. Being a theatre tech graduate myself, the plot and setting for this graphic novel immediately caught my attention. I just knew I had to read it and Telgemeier captured so many aspects of backstage life so well – from the calling of cues over headsets to the highs and woes that can befall a live production from night to night. While I was a little disappointed at the outcome of Callie’s crushing, I also commend her for establishing the route that it did as well. The love that Telgemeier has for the theatre shines through in this graphic novel, and her appreciation for this craft is evident in her choice of words, her drawings and the story. This, and other reviews, can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-09-03

– More About This Product –

Drama

by Raina Telgemeier

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.99 × 5.56 × 0.79 in

Published: September 1, 2012

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545326990

ISBN - 13: 9780545326995

About the Book

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.

From the Publisher

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!

About the Author

RAINA TELGEMEIER grew up in San Francisco, then moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. Her most recent title, Smile, a critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and received a Boston Globe—Horn Book Honor. Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels, which were selected for YALSA''s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and Booklist''s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Raina lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband and fellow comics artist, Dave Roman. To learn more, visit her online at www.goRaina. com and on Twitter @goRaina.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Drama

A New York Times bestseller

"Telgemeier draws up-by-their-book-bags characters who value hard work and seize a chance that has nothing to do with looks or even with love. While capable of boy craziness, they concentrate on friendship and creative fulfillment. The better Telgemeier''s books sell, the less hand-wringing to do over the next generation. If this is what the youth of America are into, the kids are all right." —The New York Times Book Review

*"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...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." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"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." —Kirkus, starred review

*"In this realistic and sympathetic story, feelings and thoughts leap off the page, revealing Telgemeier''s keen eye for young teen life." —Booklist, starred review

"As in Smile, Telgemeier''s 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." —Horn Book

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