09 June 2010

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier tells her own brutal story of dental trauma, beginning with knocking out her top two front teeth just days before going in to get braces. Most kids just have to worry about being called "Brace Face" or "Metal Mouth" -- along with most of the rest of the teenage population at one point or another -- but Raina has to endure much more. First, the rumors and stories about how she lost her teeth, then the lisp from the teeth "cast," and the pain from root canals, bone and nerve damage, braces and adjustments, and -- the worst -- head gear! All of that, while navigating the torture of middle school, boys, earthquakes, and bras.

The annoyances of friendship, braces, parents, and fitting in are common around the world, and Raina tells her story colorfully through words and pictures, and with all the right touches of embarrassment, joy, and struggle. This quick read is recommended for all ages.

Call number: YA GRAPHIC TELGEMEIER (Teen Room)

Reviewed by kate the librarian.

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