Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Posted on 02/25/2019
Smile by Raina Telgemeier“The kids love the humor of this book! The graphic novel genre has great appeal to our children in general, due to them being faster reads than longer novels.”
 - Gillian Burgess, librarian at Snow Hill Elementary

Smile by Raina Telgemeier is the Hamilton book of the week nominated by Gillian Burgess, the librarian at Snow Hill Elementary. Smile is an autobiographical graphic novel
that gives an account of the author's life from sixth grade to high school. A funny, quirky, and relatable book, Smile was originally a webcomic that was serialized on Girlamatic and has won many awards since its’ publication in early 2010. Smile is the perfect read for any child or teen that is dealing with the struggles of growing up.

Editorial Reviews

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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, and 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. This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.

Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan. We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.

Goals addressed by more students reading will include:
• Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
• Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21
• Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023