*Starred Review* Callie loves the theater, even if she can’t sing well enough to perform in her beloved musicals. But when drama and romance—both onstage and off—cause problems, Callie finds that set design may be the easiest part … see full wiki
Callie loves everything about theater productions even if a certain lack of skills will keep her backstage. That's okay because Callie is a great set designer and she is totally pumped about her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi.
But creating a Broadway-worthy set with a middle school's budget (and rules) isn't easy.
Turns out staging a production brings a lot of drama both onstage and offstage for Callie and her friends. Will the play survive cranky actors, prop malfunctions, and a whole production's worth of romantic mishaps? Will Callie get to make the cannon that is crucial to her vision? Will Callie's best friend Liz survive all of her trips to the spooky basement costume storage?
It might get messy but no one can say this year's production will be anything less than exciting in Drama (2013) by Raina Telgemeier.
Drama is a totally endearing, full color graphic novel full of effervescent fun. The story itself is almost as exuberant as our intrepid heroine, Callie. Plucky, fun, refreshingly confident and outspoken Callie is a girl readers will love as someone to cheer for (and maybe someone they recognize from their own experiences).
Telgemeier offers up another delightfully cheerful story with substance and fantastic artwork. No detail is forgotten in the illustrations--even body language and whispers are perfectly clear. Drama completely immerses readers into Callie's life and the intricacies of being part of the stage crew. A great read for anyone with a love of musicals and the theater.
Possible Pairings: Will by Maria Boyd, Skinny by Donna Crooner, Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg, Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks, The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow, Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson, A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine, The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
*This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA 2012*