By: Grace Devine


Let's start the year smiling!(:


Puberty is hard enough without having to deal with some kind of ongoing physical problem, like a continuing illness. Or falling and damaging your two front teeth and having to stand braces, surgeries, dorky headgear, and a retainer with fake teeth attached. Raina fell after Girl Scouts and had to get a major surgery on her two front teeth. After a long surgery, she went to school and lost a lot of her friends, and got made fun of. Her grades were falling and she was so stressed. She wanted this nightmare to end!


Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, majorly 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 to top it off, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.


Raina's mom took care of Raina the most. She took off a lot of work days to stay home and be with her. She paid for a lot of the surgery. Her dad did also. Since she took off from work, she was worried about how to pay for all the bills and Raina's surgery.


The car was the starting scene of how the whole story began. The girls were racing to Raina's house when dropping her off. Raina fell and had a major injury. She was stressed about her broken teeth and had many problems with school.


After her fall she had to get a cast for her broken teeth. She was so embarrassed! She had school anxiety, her friends were making fun of her, and she was very stressed. Finally, after a few weeks with the cast on her teeth, she got it off! She got braces and after a week with them on, she realized that a lot of people wear braces. A lot of her friends got braces. She made some new friends and finally was more relaxed. Her grades were improving, and she was a lot happier!(:

About The Author:

Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco and moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. Smile, her critically acclaimed graphic journal based on her childhood, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor.

Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, which were selected for YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Raina's most recent book is Drama. Raina lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband and fellow comics artist, Dave Roman.