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Drama

Drama

Graphic Novel - 2012
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Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going
Publisher: New York : Graphix, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781451763584
9780329943806
9780545326988
0545326982
9780545326995
0545326990
Characteristics: 233 p. : chiefly ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Gurihiru

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Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint

Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint

This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.


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eliaabeth
Jul 28, 2021

Drama, this coming of age novel written by, famous graphic novel writer, Raina Telgemeier stars seventh grader Callie at Eucalyptus Middle School. The novel takes readers through Callie’s teen hardships, new and complicated crushes, as well as typical middle school drama.
She also loves the theater, and is on the school’s stage crew with her best friend, Liz, and her other good friend, Matt.

Callie signs up and works with the stage crew for the annual play at her school which leads to her meeting a pair of new friends, Jesse and Justin. The three work together to fulfill and discover new similarities they have and are passionate about. After a while, Jesse and Callie grow close and ask each other to attend the school formal. However, Jesse ends up abandoning Callie in order to talk to West, outside. When Callie finds him, he wordlessly confesses the truth: He has a crush on West. All in all, the story shows readers how the most important thing is to prioritize yourself and the importance of self-expression.

This novel has received lots of appreciation and love because of its inclusion and support towards the LGBTQ community, which nowadays is educated and supported globally. This book embraces the importance of self-preservation and the occasional beauty of rejection. I believe that this is a great way to give a glimpse of what growing up, accepting, supporting and maturing looks like. Though, there is quite the controversy revolving around age and sexuality that happen to be written upon the characters, but this is a very rejoiceful book with a happy ending. Therefore, I would recommend this book to anyone who is approaching middle school age (11+).

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anri123
Jul 11, 2021

In the graphic novel ‘Drama’ by Raina Telgemeier, seventh grader Callie deals with tween hardships, new and complicated crushes and friendships, and the typical middle school drama.
Callie, who loves designing and theatre, signs up and works with the stage crew for the annual play at her school which leads to her meeting a pair of new friends, Jesse and Justin. The three work together and with the ones around them to fulfill and discover the things they love and are passionate about. Some things being more complicated than others, the story portrays how the most important thing is to prioritize yourself and how you feel.
This novel has received lots of praise and appreciation because of its inclusion and support towards the LGBTQ community, which nowadays is educated and supported all over the world. However, it has many controversial thoughts because of the age range they portrayed the story to be in. Personally, I believe this book to be very inclusive and perfectly fine to read since it discusses a topic most teens should know and understand in a very friendly and accepting way. Obviously not everyone has the same beliefs and opinions but I believe that this is a great way to give a tween/teen a glimpse of what growing up, accepting, supporting and maturing is.

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Priyan_2008
Jan 25, 2021

LOVE IT

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ishwanna
Jan 21, 2021

it is a good book

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Evaminrose11
Oct 14, 2020

I have not read this book yet but I have read her other books and i`m really excited to read this amazingly written graphic novel! I cant wait to read!!!!!
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 16, 2020

The main character, Callie, is in the stage crew and she is so excited for her school’s new production. This graphic novel shows her crazy story of surviving the hectic schedules of being in stage crew and handling other things (namely, her friendships and love life). I was really captivated by this book because the majority of it showcased behind-the-scenes of a show, which was fascinating to learn more about. Additionally, I think Callie’s personality as the main character is really great, she’s hopeful, ambitious, quirky and slightly sarcastic. Moreover, this book sheds light on the LGBTQ+ community, which is also really nice to see. There is certainly a lot of drama in this book, hence the title, “Drama”. I would recommend this to any graphic novel enthusiast who would like to read something fun because the characters were well-thought out and I think it’s a fantastic book overall. 4/5
@stardkdust07 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Drama is a graphic novel written by Raina Telgemeier, an American cartoonist, which centers on the story of Callie, a middle schooler and theater-lover who works in her school's drama production crew. Callie loves the theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. I enjoyed reading this because it has a lot of characters that experience high school drama. I would recommend this to children 9 and up. The story feels true to junior high life-complicated, yet full of exuberance. Rating: 1/5 @PrettyKitty of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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darladoodles
Aug 20, 2020

Telgemeier totally nails the high school drama experience! From audition jitters to ambitious backstage plans to unexpected snafus during the shows, the whole experience is included in a delightful range of colors. Our main character Callie is a riot and it is great fun to follow her through the school year and show timeline. The twin brothers, Justin and Jesse, at times were difficult to tell apart in the illustrations. At times I was not sure which twin Callie was interacting with. Unlike Telgemeier's other graphic novels (Sisters, Smile, etc.), this is a YA graphic and does include a LGBT story line.

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LibraryVillle
Jul 14, 2020

I've read better books before. This is not the best book ever nor is it the worst book ever. I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who is looking for a good book. I'd give this book a rating of 4.5/10.

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pink_otter_338
Jun 28, 2020

Ok I love this book a lot, they kiss a lot tho, there is a boy that is gay and there is..... Drama!!!!!!

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DariaMartel13
Jul 18, 2021

DariaMartel13 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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Snowycat23
Mar 16, 2021

Snowycat23 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 18

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STPLKidsCauseway thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Jbooks7
Jan 29, 2021

Jbooks7 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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LibraryVillle
Jul 14, 2020

LibraryVillle thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18

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indigo_otter_227
Jul 13, 2020

indigo_otter_227 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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pink_otter_338
Jun 28, 2020

pink_otter_338 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

green_whale_310 Sep 25, 2019

green_whale_310 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

mauve_butterfly_264 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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thiemvm
Feb 02, 2019

thiemvm thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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pink_otter_338
Jun 28, 2020

Sexual Content: Boys being gay and a lot of kissing.

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luvsing
Feb 14, 2016

Sexual Content: gay and kissing

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StormTheWaterNinja
Dec 09, 2015

Sexual Content: Gay boys, Kissing

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StormTheWaterNinja
Dec 09, 2015

Other: Only over 13 should read.

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ana_orange98
Oct 25, 2014

Other: its not for under 10 i remarked lolz

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sjanisse
May 04, 2014

Coarse Language: They use the "G" word which isn't bad but younger kids should not need to know

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sjanisse
May 04, 2014

Sexual Content: Kissing+

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Mimigirl25
Oct 01, 2013

Coarse Language: THEY Use The "G" word

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zhanif
Mar 13, 2013

Coarse Language: they use the G word

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zhanif
Mar 13, 2013

Sexual Content: kissing an boyfriends

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cklkjs
Jul 25, 2016

Callie, is a complete theater geek. There's just one problem; she can't sing. So instead she's part of the production and loves making sets. For the school's production of Moon Over Mississippi she's overflowing with ideas about what to do. As the play takes up most of her and all her friends time they practically spend all their time in the theatre. She meets lots of friends on the way (and loses a few too) as she's trying her best to put on the best production possible. Will it work it? And will she admit her feelings to her crush?

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animeblossom
Jul 11, 2015

A girl in the cast for a act. Her job is to make a confetti canyon work can it work or can it not?

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Amina2015
Jun 30, 2015

Callie loves theater. And she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, but she is a terrible singer. She has two new gay friend but they are brothers. she starts to have a crush on them, but then they turned out to be gay. At the end of the story she became the producer which is the leader.

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sophied19
Sep 16, 2014

SHE LIKES SAMMY

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pink_horse_964
May 16, 2019

it a good book but if you don't won't your kids to be gay then don't read it

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luvsing
Feb 14, 2016

work together

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Kaitlinzia
Jun 06, 2015

"See? Things get a little crazy sometimes, but we keep it together"

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