Drama by Raina TelgemeierDrama by Raina Telgemeier


byRaina Telgemeier

Paperback | September 1, 2012

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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!

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 rece...
Title:DramaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.01 × 5.54 × 0.77 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545326990

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous!! A wonderful read for all but primarily middle school readers.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from love it enjoyed this book and this author's others works
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome book Raina does amazing work, with great illustrations and storyline. I enjoyed this book, and so did the students at the school.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely recommended! Super cute, awesome illustrations, and the LGBT rep is great too!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good I love Raina's illustrations and writing! However, I enjoyed "Smile" and "Sisters" much better.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book brings real world problems to life in a friendly way
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it my daughter likes the book
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teacher approved Great book for young girls. Catchy and cute!
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book!!! I bought this for my daughter (she's 13). She absolutely loved it! She's a huge Raina fan! I read this book myself and enjoyed it. I love the diversity of the characters and how Raina handles a subject that can be difficult to talk about... the message of acceptance and love is very powerful. She truly captures the adolescent spirit!
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read My daughters LOVED this book they made me buy it to read it over and over again
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for kids! My 1o year old cousin loves reading these books!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read! Both of my girls have read this book, they're both fans of Raina for her writing and illustration style. This is the first book I have read of hers. The girls loved it! I also enjoyed it! I love that it addresses real life issues that kids face, A+ in my books!
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ish #plumreview Okay not Riana's best tho
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool Cool read with awesome storyline and artwork! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Illustrations are the best and the storyline is entertaining with modern day issues for kids, adults will enjoy too
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I read this when I was younger and still remember how much I loved this!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I have seen both of the authors previous graphic novels Smile and Sisters receive copious amounts of praise, but in my humble opinion Drama is better. Drama is an enjoyable quick read with Telgemeier's amazing illustrations. I would definitely recommend this graphic novel to any child whithin the target age range.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely It's a book that you read as a young person, then you read it again and then you understand more of it. It opens you to a more wide aspect of everyone's lives, and it has meaning behind it as well. great work, Raina Telgemeier..<3
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! My 9 year old has read this over and over. It is a great read for this age and graphic novels are definitely in! Great gift choice for girls.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Actually laughed out loud Funny, cute and realistic. Telgemeir really writes relatable characters and gives you so much second hand embarrassment. It's absolutely great. Highly recommend for a lovely read.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from reality. i love Telgemeier so much, she's great at her work. this one was definitely among my favourites of her's.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from nope love the author and all her other books, but idk this one wasnt the best
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I loved how it spoke about different aspects of people's lives and how you may need to change your mind on something when you experience it for yourself.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT! ah-mazing. true perfection! PLease check out some of my other reviews!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice ! A nice book that people of all ages can enjoy !
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bought this for my sister for Christmas, she's going to love it
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cute <3 Drama is a great graphic novel for both adults and children! This story really gets you open-minded with a mature topic, some may find this topic uncomfortable. The book will teach kids how important teamwork is - foreshadowing both stage and backstage to real life. Callie learns how to deal with her feelings when two brothers decided to join the play. Raina really captures Callie's character and her problems - where children and adults may find them relate-able. (I know I did!)
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great!! this book is fun for me as a mom reminding my teenager and also my daughter now 10 years old love this book too!!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet story! Raina's graphic novels are beautifully written with sweet messages and characters
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Daughter loved it My daughter enjoyed reading it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from different than your normal telgimeger book this covers more grown up topics ( i won't spoil) and i think its great for young readers to be open minded about the different sexualities that are in the world today. the author does this in a fun read way and i recommend to fan of telgemieners
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good book Just by looking at the cover you can tell it's a love story but not that much it's more about the play and the charecters yes there are parts in there that include love but a books a book
Date published: 2016-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique Overall, this book wasn't my favourite, but it was a good book. The book was unique because it was more complex then other books that's what I liked about it. It wasn't as child friendly as the other Raina Telgimer books. I would read it if I were about 10-14. But I think this book s a good book to read!
Date published: 2016-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it, very good! Okay... I bought this book when I was?? 12? Anyways I'm 15 now, and just recently found it and read it all over again. I remember reading it and going "oh my gOD GAY CHARACTERS WHAT ARE THESE???" bc I had never read a book with lgbt narratives, and it really opened my eyes. I didn't think that they could be just like everyone else, i was a really stupid 12 year old. But this showed me that guess what?? Lgbt people are people!! Just like you and me!! love them!! Also It was really funny, it was just really good.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute book This was a cute book. It's about a middle grade girl called Callie and her friends who are involved in the school's drama production. There is drama on and off the stage with things like who likes who and who's going to try out for the play. Callie, especially, has some ups and downs with boys she likes but who don't like her back and another boy who ends up liking someone else, things like that. There are gay characters in the book, but they are portrayed like the normal human beings they are, just trying to get through school, figure themselves out and what they want, and how they will come out to their parents. It is lovely to see the other characters in the book be so supportive. One of the things I really liked was the ending and how Callie stood up for herself. Instead of dating a boy who had treated her badly, she decides it is better to be alone. This is an empowering message for young people to hear. Overall, there are several messages in Drama about being confused and making mistakes and doing the best thing for yourself that many young people will enjoy reading about. And I wouldn't want to forget to mention that this is a graphic novel -- the art is great and really captures the story and I love seeing a graphic novel aimed at girls.
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not get any better! After I read Smile and Sisters I decided that I should read Drama. I was like " How bad could it be?". This book is definitely way more than not bad. What is a word that is a awesomer than awesome?
Date published: 2015-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I lovedb0 it When i read the title to this book i thought what could hppen that was drama? ten when i read it i thought again and said oh so thats what happend. I recomend this book to ages 10-15
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I have drama,smile,and sisters,they are really AWESOME!,but havta admit,drama is the best!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book This book was awesome! I recomend it for anyone! Callie is such a happy person! Must read!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drama I thought it was so good i wanted to scream or cry! well i just wanted to rate it and i rated it as I LOVED IT!:)
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comical I first of all like loved the book it was like amazing so yes you better read the the book because it is great
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Check it out It was an okay storie it made it better on a ebook because you cant tell that the main charcers hair is bright purple. Hope you enjoy it too:)
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from drama sum up OK, so I've read this book, smile and want to get sisters. This book is hard to put down,and I have read it sooooo many times. Tbh I don't really like!dreading books because I have a bad memory and slow patience. But this book was something I enjoyed reading
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drama I thought drama was really good. It is just like sisters and smile.If you have read sisters or smile Drama has a lot of acting stuff
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drama a.w.e.s.o.m.e I loved it! i asked my friend if i could borrow her copy she said yes when i read it i fell in love.but i was so suprised wth some stuff it took me a week to read it ad im a really good reader so i hope you enjoy it too. Good night everybody
Date published: 2015-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I see why the title is called "DRAMA".Plus cant be better more drama more well...FUNNY!!!!! so great book
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fantstic all day long ha! Drama is an amazing comic about it does not matter who you are friends with! For example boys can be friends girls and girls can be friends with boys! Yay for drama!
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I read the book i paper back so i could red it in coulour and totaly loved it i recomend it mainly to kids
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amzing For girls with drama and a love for books this is a never what to put down tpe of book 4 stars i hope y enjoy this book as much as i did
Date published: 2014-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Books I never read the book yet because it's not available is that because someone else has it if so how would I know if their done? But I'm assuming the books gonna be great!
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Drama I cant read the book because my mom used the kobo gift card and there is $20.19 left on it but when i try to buy this book it says "the gift card is empty" I am really disaponited Please get my money back
Date published: 2014-10-13
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

Editorial Reviews

Praise for DramaA 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