by Raina Telgemeier


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Raina Telgemeier's #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir based on her childhood!

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. 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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545132060
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Series: Smile and Sisters Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 8,676
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: GN410L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award–winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama, which was named a Stonewall Honor Book and was selected for YALSA’s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at


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Smile 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 183 reviews.
ujustdontgetit More than 1 year ago
I have been trying to get my 10 year old daughter to read a book and she got so into this book!! This is really great and I think kids love it because of expressive pictures and a true story of the author and kids think thats pretty cool!! great book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! If you wanna know what I did when I read it, all you have to do is read the title, Smile! I recommend this book for all kids and even teens! It is a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
5th grader loved this book,quick read for her finished in 1 day
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Raina is struggling with one specific aspect of her life... her smile. Having to get braces, she's dreading having to be a brace face, metal mouth - anything you want to label it. However, it's her smile, especially her teeth, that will haunt her all the way through middle school and up into high school. From having them knocked out, to wearing head gear, to even having to get a retainer with two fake front teeth. To get that perfect smile it's going to be a long journey... and a very painful one, at that. Along the way, social problems continue to follow Raina. From crushing on a younger guy, to getting that athlete to notice her, to even standing up for herself after she's had enough of the humiliation, Raina discovers who she is, how she shouldn't change anything about herself, and that true friends would never make or put you in awkward situations. Accompanied by colorful pictures, a cute and realistic storyline, and a main character that any person will be able to identify with, SMILE by Raina Telgemeier does one thing especially well... it makes the reader smile! Many of us have experienced getting braces, feeling the intense pain when we want that bite of the burger we can't have just yet. Almost all of us can understand what it's like when you want to break apart from the not-so-great friends we've had. Telgemeier does a fantastic job in capturing the true essence and emotions of a person going through changes. SMILE is one book you'll want your kids to read... and the one you'll want to read yourself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was awesome i am speechless
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I llove this book soo much this is so awesome
mrjunoh More than 1 year ago
i think this book is great and intresting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING!!!!! Great book you can't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smile much? Well, for Raina in this situation, not so much. Raina Telgemeier had an accident that wasn't so pleasant, and it interferes with boys, middle school, and being a teenager. Braces, head gear, and a retainer with false teeth can explain a little of the so called "solution" to her dental accident. Smiling isn't apart of her life.yet. The author Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco then moved to New York City where she got her masters degree at The School of Viual Arts. Her comics have been nominated for the Ignatz, Cybil, and Eisner Awards. Raina's comics have been shown on the web, magazine, and more. I'm like Raina because we both were involved with Girl Scouts, she likes a little bit of jewelry, and hanging out with friends. I'm not sure if my braces will interfere with being in middle school as much as they did with her. Smile is a book that will make you want to read more because of its shocking and fascinating storyline.
wendymass101 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about being brave.I love it.(so much that I have read it 5 times :))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smile is a true story about Raina, a sixth grader, who just wants to enjoy her life as a normal teen. One night on her way home from girl scouts with her friends she trips and falls injuring her two front teeth. Now she has a long journey ahead of her evolving, surgery, braces, weird headgear and even a retainer with fake teeth. On top of all of that there is a huge earthquake, trouble with boys, and a friend that might turn out to be not so friendly. Through all of this Riana goes from little sixth grade middle school all the way to her freshman year. With all of this drama how will Riana ever survive the struggles of high school? Will she make new friends or be by herself? Will Riana ever be able to just smile again?  Raina Telgemeier tells her story of middle school in a great way. She has also written one other graphic novel called Drama and another series called Babysitters Club.  Raina Telgemeier doses a great job with this book because she tells her life story but adds in pictures too. This makes this book even more enjoyable and it makes it seem more comical. This keeps the readers interested throughout the whole book This is a great graphic novel that I defiantly enjoyed. I could really connect to Riana in this book because she went through a lot of the same problems I did in school. Having braces in middle school also really helped me to connect just what Riana was feeling throughout the book. Smile is a story for mainly teenage girls going through the same struggles in life. However many adults would enjoy this to. They might even be able to learn a little bit about the teenage life.
smartkid More than 1 year ago
This book keeps u busy and u can never put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!! I love both books
colemanstudinttih More than 1 year ago
this was the best book in the world this my favirot and it might seem wered at first but when you get in to it you are going to love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book I use to always cheack it out from the librarry but now I have it on my nook color I hate Rainas old friends why are they so mean I love Rainas new friends they are soooo selfless and nice get this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i think its a really funny book. its really neat i give it 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good! It might be a little more expensive then what it's worth though. However, the book gave a clear understading, I had no trouble understanding what was going on. Overall this is a really good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think its very eductional for kids to read and write about.
JeremyW79 More than 1 year ago
I can honestly, without hyperbole, give this book 5 stars in every single category for this review. Raina's story draws in with its honesty and great story. Kids will love this book... adults, looking back on their childhoods, possibly even more so. In addition the art is beautiful. If you buy this book... you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its not much of a sample its really dissapointing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend reading this great book. To me, it's the best book in the world. ;> It is soooooooooooooooooooooooo good. ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and I think kids and adults will love it! The book expresses life-like events!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great and funny Great and funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it's sequel sisters. I loved that and I love this!