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Smile

by Raina Telgemeier

SCHOLASTIC INC | February 1, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Smile is rated 4.6429 out of 5 by 14.
From the artist of The Baby-sitters Club Graphix comes this humorous and charming true story!

Eleven-year-old Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after a trip-and-fall mishap, she injures her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, corrective surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there''s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have had a bit of their own dental drama.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.98 × 5.53 × 0.74 in

Published: February 1, 2010

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545132061

ISBN - 13: 9780545132060

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from TRUST ME THIS BOOK IS AWESOME! Review By Amna RTMS This book smile is the best book ever it is about a girl named Raina. Raina is a girl who want to be a normal 6th grader. But one day she was coming back from here Girl Scouts meeting and she trips and breaks her front 2 teeth. That is when here not so normal 6th grader life starts to get even worse. So that day Raina’s mom takes her to the dentist Dr. Dragon. Dr. dragon puts a medicine on her for the night and the next morning Raina goes to the dentist again and when the dentist takes the x-ray he sees that Raina’s teeth went up to the gums. So he said that she needs a full treatment with braces and everything. But she only had to put braces on her top 2 teeth. After the treatment the dentist said that the top 2 teeth are still stuck in her gums. So the dentist said they will be move with orthodontics. The orthodontics can take the top 2 teeth out and then they will start to build a retainer with the 2 broken teeth to fill up the gap.The next week Raina goes to the orthodontist to get the top 2 teeth out. A few days after that she goes to the dentist and the dentist says look your new retainer is here TA-DA. Rania tries it on and it fit’s perfectly. She was really happy. But she still had problems eating. And then a few weeks later Rania gets braces to permanently fix the teeth.Every couple of weeks Rania goes to the dentist to get here braces tightened. After summer Rania starts high school. Her first day was great he got to sit around normal, popular people but after a few month with being friends with them they sometimes hurt her feeling and bullied her. Than after that Rania met a new girl in her school her name was Theresa. Theresa asked Rania if she want to eat lunch with her and her friends.Theresa friends were really sweet and nice they never hurt her feelings or bullied her. Then a few weeks later the dentist said well I am pleased to say that we can remove your braces in a few weeks. Rania was the most happiest girl. she was so happy. She told every one of her friends. Then that day finally arrived she got her braces off after she got it off. As soon as she looked in the mirror she said why do they look so weird. She said the the stupid retainer was better than this. The dentist gave her popcorn to cheer up. The next day when she went to school her friends came up to here and said hey Rania you just go your braces off lets see your teeth. When her friends saw the teeth they say it looks so cute Rania was shocked. That day Rania was finally feeling like a normal teenager. So Rania’s life had a lot of up down sideways but at last everything was good. Even if she didn't had a normal middle school life at least her high school life is going to be normal for the rest of her high school year.And finally at last she smiled. Please Please Please read this book I recommend it Review By Amna RTMS
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smile! Awesome Book By Raina Telgemeier This book is about a girl named Raina. One night she falls and loses her 2 front teeth, because of this, Raina has to face many challenges (Like her friends, they like to make fun of her because of her dental drama). This book is about Raina’s life through grade 6 to high school. The characters in the book, Smile, are Raina, Raina’s mom, her little sister, her little brother and her friends. People would like this would probably be middle school students. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because it is a really good book. It is a non-fiction book and is written in a graphic novel format. The graphics in the book also help understand the story more. But one thing about the book is that there should be more words. I would let the graphics stay, but there also should be a bit more words to go with the pictures. The characters in the book, Smile, are Raina, Raina’s mom, her little sister, her little brother and her friends. People would like this would probably be middle school students. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because it is a really good book. It is a non-fiction book and is written in a graphic novel format. The graphics in the book also help understand the story more. But one thing about the book is that there should be more words. I would let the graphics stay, but there also should be a bit more words to go with the pictures. In conclusion this book is really great. But what will happen next? Read the book to find out!!! :)
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL READ!!!!! Got this for my granddaughter as she had borrowed it from her school library and couldn't put it down. So I thought she would love to have her own copy.....was excited to receive it and immediately began to read it again.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book!  I was able to read it all in 1 night because i was so interested in it!!  It is also great if you have braces to read about lie I have braces.  It is over all a really good book and I recommend it to other people!!
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book I run a school library, and the only time I could read it, was when I bought a second copy and it hadn't been put on the shelf yet. I am squeamish about all things teeth related, so I skipped those parts, but the rest of it was amazing.
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smile! Because Raina Telgemeier Is Great!! What was the first thing I did when I finished reading Smile? I Smiled Of Course! Every once in awhile over the last few years, I would peruse the award winning graphic novel by the acclaimed Raina Telgemeier, always chiding myself for not fully committing to something that looked so interesting. So to rectify this stupidity of mine, I set out to get Smile, met the creator, and get it signed, all at TCAF. And upon returning home, I quickly devoured it. And now, as I stated earlier, I am Smiling. Why did I wait so long? I am such a foolish Muggle. Smile is the semi-autobiographical tale of several years in the life of the author, with all the issues and stresses and complications that come with adolescence. Or so it would seem. An added pressure, which helps bring about the title for this story, is how early on in this tale Raina, who is already scheduled for braces, trips and whacks her mouth but good. Thus begins a dental trauma, taking over the next few years of her young life. Numerous operations, headgear, teeth removal, and unique retainers becomes her constant companion starting just before her eleventh birthday and trudging on into high school. This affects her self-esteem, especially at this awkward, delicate phase of life. Normal doubts plague her, piled on with the teeth issues, making her other, pre-existing problem even worse. To put it bluntly, a lot of her so-called friends and quite nasty little bullies. All through her travails, her “friends” are not quite supportive. If anything, they go out of their way to belittle and embarrass her, especially in public. Unfortunately, it takes quite some time for Raina to realize what is occurring. Always excusing the behavior, always hoping for the best, always quietly listening to their cutting criticism. All this combine to illustrate that Raina did not have the happiest of childhoods. Thankfully, her family are very supportive and nice, so she has a soft place to fall. But to make us realize she herself was not perfect, Raina showcases her first crushes. Despite some feelings being reciprocated, she is not the nicest to one boy, which makes you want to give her a bit of a lecture at one point. Even with all the craziness and crushes and cacophony that comes with being a preteen, trying to gently enter teenage life, Raina gives us hope. Even with rotten friends causing you grief, Raina gives us contentment. Even with a bad luck of teethy issues, Raina gives us peace. Raina gives us Smile!
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book I will give it 5 stars cause it’s a really interesting book and funny. This book is about a girl going to summer school, but on her way back from summer school her teeth fall out. She goes to the dentist every single day to check on her teeth. While in school her friends bug her to show her teeth but also she falls in love with some guys. What will happen next? The best thing is (the pros) there are pictures on every page so you know what’s going on also the pictures really connect with the words so it relates. The pictures are really bold so you can see them really well. The cons is they aren't that many words than pictures. There are probably more pictures than words, so i think that they should add more words and less words. Other then that the book was really good. it’s also really interesting because you want to keep on reading to find out what's next! I think the age group starts from around 7 to 12. In conclusion, this is a really good book for kids to read it’s funny, interesting and more. This is probably a good gift to get for Christmas if you like reading. Overall, this is a great book.
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Most Greatest Book on the Planet This book is the best. I love how it describes and it's about teenagers if you guys are wondering. It has a lot of drama included, which I personally like. I recommened this book for teens. Overal, I would rate this book a ten out of ten.
Date published: 2013-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun! This was a fun novel, I like how easy it was to read and my friend and I read it in a short period of time! It got a little boring after a while though, which I didn't like (who does? Seriously..) So I kind of blanked when my friend was reading (sorry, Olivia!). I found it sad how mean Raina's friends were to her (That's not a spoiler..). Good book!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute, Coming- of -Age Novel Smile was a interesting graphic novel, short and sweet and keeps you hooked. My friend and I read it together in a very short period of time, seeing it's a light read. I thought Smile is an inspiring novel to many people, and although there's a lot of hype about this novel it lives up to expectations. I thought maybe the characters could have been deeper, but other than that it was a cute read. Definitely a read worth checking out.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Graphic Novel! I just borrowed this book today, and I must admit, I literally could NOT put it down! I absolutely loved it! In fact, after I finished reading it, I read it AGAIN, haha! I would definitely recommend this book to teens! The illustrations are brilliant, and I wish there was a whole series so I could read more and more. Excellent job, Raina!
Date published: 2011-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made ME Smile I picked this one up from a display table at Chapters. I don't usually buy comic books. The only ones I read are the For Better or For Worse comics. But when I flipped through Smile, I liked the look of the drawings. (Reminded me of For Better or For Worse) Then I read the back and the story captured me as well, so I decided to go for it. I wasn't disappointed. I can't believe there was a reference to New Kids on the Block. That's awesome. It's a fun read and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2011-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coming of Age Amidst a Dental Nightmare Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist. This is a graphic memoir that follows the author from grade six through her sophomore year of high school specifically focusing on her dental problems. In the 6th grade, just shortly before she is scheduled for braces for an overbite Raina trips and knocks out her 2 front teeth. A host of other problems follow as we watch Raina's dental nightmare over the next several years. During this time Raina is going through adolescence, her normal self-esteem issues at this age are multiplied by the extensive work she has done which includes a retainer with two false front teeth attached to it. I loved this book. First the artwork is wonderful. Cartoony but so very expressive. The characters facial expressions almost tell the story by themselves. Set in the late eighties, there are lots of fun retro moments for adult readers in the background as one notices her watching 'Silver Spoons' on TV and they play an original 8-bit Nintendo system. The dental story is transfixing. I didn't wear braces myself, so that and all the extra problems of missing teeth and loss of bone, etc. was fascinating. Raina goes through this experience with pain and complaints but she is a happy child and can always see the bright side of things, eventually. Children going through/or about to will identify with Raina and feel for her while at the same time being thankful they only have to wear braces. This is also a story about growing up and it very nicely shows how Raina slowly notices over the years how she has become the butt of jokes in her group of friends and while no one is mean to her (on purpose) she's not exactly in healthy relationships friend-wise. As she grows older she finds new interests, meets new friends, become boy conscious and starts to feel good about herself on the outside but more importantly ... on the inside. One notices all the issues being dealt with within this story without an issue being made out of them and the story is a very enjoyable read. Both funny and emotional. It isn't until the end that the author spends a mere two pages waxing eloquently about how in hindsight she realized she'd moved beyond the child stage and grown-up a bit by the time her braces were removed. A story that really grabs you from the beginning, un-put-downable, with a main character who is a joy to meet and get to know.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully done This is the story of Raina who just wants to be an ordinary sixth grader. She is going to get braces to fix an overbite but before they get affixed she falls and knocks out her two front teeth. This begins a long ordeal for her, of on-again off-again braces, headgear, surgery and that is just her teeth. There is also an earthquake, boys, and finding real friends. It chronicles over 4 years of treatment and adolescence. I read this book because a friend who wrote a Graphic Novel column said it was one of the best of the year. I have also found a new fondness for the media over the last year. The specific story intrigued me because of my own experience with braces. Telgemeir, in her story in this graphic novel, does an amazing job of capturing the experience of wearing braces. It chronicles the frustrations, the pain, the discomfort - all wrapped around the story of a girl growing through adolescence, and finding her true self. Wonderfully illustrated and inked, it was great fun to read. I had my braces from grade 4 to grade 8. I had 21 breaks while wearing them. I also remember my mouth feeling funny when they came off, and feeling weird without them. Raina Telgemeir truly has captured the essence of having braces and living with them day in and day out for year. But this book also captures the experience of growing up, and discovering what you love to do, and finding out what real friendship is about and like.
Date published: 2010-06-14

– More About This Product –

Smile

by Raina Telgemeier

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.98 × 5.53 × 0.74 in

Published: February 1, 2010

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545132061

ISBN - 13: 9780545132060

About the Book

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached.

From the Publisher

From the artist of The Baby-sitters Club Graphix comes this humorous and charming true story!

Eleven-year-old Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after a trip-and-fall mishap, she injures her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, corrective surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there''s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have had a bit of their own dental drama.

About the Author

RAINA TELGEMEIER graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her comics have been nominated for Ignatz and Eisner Awards, and her illustrations have been featured in magazines, books, and newspapers. Raina currently lives in Queens, New York.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Smile

A New York Times bestseller
2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Publication for Teens
2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, Nonfiction
A New York Times "Editors'' Choice"

"It hits home partly because there is nothing else out there like it." —The New York Times Book Review

"[T]he real focus of Smile is Telgemeier''s search for identity, a universal experience with which readers will readily identify." —Washington Post

"An utterly charming graphic memoir of tooth trauma, first crushes and fickle friends, sweetly reminiscent of Judy Blume''s work . . . . Irresistible, funny and touching—a must read for all teenage girls." —Kirkus Reviews

"A charming addition to the body of young adult literature that focuses on the trials and tribulations of the slightly nerdy girl." —Publishers Weekly

Appropriate for ages: 9

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