Featured books by Raina Telgemeier

Drama

Drama

By: Raina Telgemeier
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Callie loves theater. 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 occurs once the actors are chosen. Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!

Ghosts

Ghosts

By: Raina Telgemeier
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.

Guts

Guts

By: Raina Telgemeier
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach, but eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows. It soon becomes clear that Raina’s tummy trouble isn’t going away...and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What’s going on? In this autobiographical graphic novel, Telgemeier gives young readers an honest and compassionate look at one girl's struggles with anxiety.

Share Your Smile: Raina's Guide to Telling Your Own Story

Share Your Smile: Raina's Guide to Telling Your Own Story

By: Raina Telgemeier
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Have you ever thought about telling your own story, whether it be true or imagined? Are you interested in writing, drawing, or both? With guidance from bestselling graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier herself, brainstorm ideas, make lists, paste in personal photos, and use your imagination to create your own stories. For additional inspiration, special behind-the-scenes information from Telgemeier's own comics-making adventures is featured inside.

Smile

Smile

By: Raina Telgemeier
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction

Sixth-grader Raina falls and severely damages her two front teeth. Through middle school and into high school, she struggles with peer relationships, discovering her own strengths while enduring painful orthodontia. The concluding pages reveal a self-assured high school student who can indeed smile. Full-color comic panels perfectly capture young adolescence.

Books illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

The Baby-Sitter's Club: Kristy's Great Idea

The Baby-Sitter's Club: Kristy's Great Idea — A Graphic Novel

By: Ann M. Martin
Illustrated by: Raina Telgemeier
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

This popular series has been trimmed and translated into a new format. With middle school girls as protagonists, the visual storytelling amplifies characters and clarifies difficult concepts to make it appropriate for younger readers. Tough topics like stepfamilies and medical problems are discussed with sensitivity (and sometimes humor) through the context of the girls' friendship.

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