by Raina Telgemeier


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Designing sets for her middle school's play, Callie tries to overcome limited carpentry skills, low ticket sales and squabbling crew members only to find her efforts further complicated by the arrival of two cute brothers.

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Drama is a lovely, gentle meditation on life, love and drama, both personal and theatrical, that will worm its way into the heart of any theater geek (or former theater geek). Seventh-grader Callie loves Broadway musicals with a passion, but she can't sing — so she devotes herself to running tech for her middle-school musicals (and, in particular, figuring out how to make a fantastically explosive prop cannon on a tiny budget). Callie also loves eighth-grader Greg, who kisses her

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Smile, Telgemeier's bright, charming 2010 memoir of an adolescence beset by mean girls and dental surgery, took the YA world by storm, but Drama is destined to find the writer and artist an even wider audience of rabid fans. Telgemeier creates another colorful tale of teenage intrigue, but this time the mad crushes and mood swings take place among the stage crew of a middle-school theater production.

At the center of it all is set designer Callie, an inveterate

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