Advent Calendar Book Reviews: Day 1 – Smile by Raina Telgemeier

In the lead up to Christmas, I’ll be sharing short reviews of great books and who they’d be perfect for. Find the master list here

Day One: Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Advent Calender Book Reviews - Smile -Adventures of a Subversive Reader

Genre – Middle School Graphic Novel

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But after a nasty fall, she injures her two front teeth, beginning a long journey with specialists, braces and other dental paraphernalia. Plus there’s friends who might not be friends, boys who might be friends or might be more and a major earthquake to deal with.

This is an incredibly sweet story which is told incredibly well with simple but beautifully drawn panels. This was an amazingly popular book in my classroom, with students finding something to connect with in it, even if they hadn’t had their own dental dramas. It was also a great book for those who were less enthusiastic about reading.

Highly recommended for upper primary and lower secondary students. Also for anyone who went through dental dramas as a kid. Or anyone who has ever been a kid 🙂


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