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Estelle: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: September 1, 2012 Publisher: Scholastic GRAPHIX Pages: 240 Target audience: middle grade Keywords: Broadway, theater, stage crew, LGBT Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Callie, a Broadway buff, is working behind-the-scenes of her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi. As if working […]

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May 6, 2014 - 6:33 pm

naya - love this book im totally doing this for a book project

April 4, 2013 - 9:03 am

Drama by Raina Telgemeier | wrapped up in books - […] Rather be Reading: “I can only describe Drama as a total delight. It has surprising depth but doesn’t weigh down the flow of the story or even the lighter moments. There are so many details to look at and take in when it comes to this novel, and I could see myself flipping through it again and again.” […]

December 3, 2012 - 12:28 pm

The Baby-Sitters Club is Back (+ Holiday Shopping List) - […] Kristy’s Great Idea: The Graphic Novel: When I read Drama by Raina Telgemeier I was totally convinced that this reincarnation of the BSC was in the very best hands. Her […]

September 8, 2012 - 9:02 am

September 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Telgemeier Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: Raina Telgemeier, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Eisner Award […]

September 2, 2012 - 4:31 pm

Drama Raina Telgemeier Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “I can only describe Drama as a total delight” […]

August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, a review The Aussies Know How to Write Drama by Reina Telgemeier, a review How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, a […]

August 23, 2012 - 10:32 pm

elena - This sounds like such an Estelle book! It sounds really delightful and I’m glad you loved it so much. Hooray for enthusiasm and bright colours!

August 23, 2012 - 1:13 am

Kristen - I don’t read graphic novel’s very often. I don’t really like them for the most part, to be honest. However, the cover of this book totally made me crack a smile just looking at it (SO cute), and your review makes me want to check it out. 🙂

August 22, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Sophia - I’ve never read a graphic novel, but this one sounds like a great one to start with! It sounds super cute and I’m glad the illustrations are enjoyable. The set up does sound really cute, with acts and the intermission. How clever! :3 Lovely review, Estelle. Glad you loved this one! 🙂

August 22, 2012 - 11:51 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I was total theater geek in high school and college. Theater was and still is one of my favorite things in the world – and any book that highlights that sort of passion is DEFINITELY something up my alley!

August 22, 2012 - 9:50 am

April Books & Wine - I totally have a copy of Drama from BEA and the publicist totally sold it to me and this solidifies it. I am totally going to read Drama this weekend! 🙂

I love books about kids who are super enthusiastic or passionate about something.

And graphic novels, always my favorite!

Estelle: See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles Upcoming Publication Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher: Candlewick Press Pages: 310 Keywords: Family, siblings, LGBT, family business, bullying, trauma Target Audience: Mature middle grade Format Read: Paperback from ALA. (Thanks!) Summary: With her parents always working at the family restaurant and her younger brother constantly winning everyone’s attention, Fern […]

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September 28, 2014 - 3:24 pm

tt - you will cry i did i luv this book

May 15, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Shannon - Read it before this blog appeared in my site..
The warning is true.
You really will cry

June 18, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds absolutely wonderful. I will definitely be adding it to the list of books that I must check out soon!

May 13, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Shelve It Meme: 5/13/2012 - […] Bookish on favorite book quotes. Ice cream, family, and some serious heartbreak were found in See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Related Posts :Estelle: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Magan: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson […]

May 9, 2012 - 8:05 am

Lori - This book wasn’t on my radar. It certainly is now. I’m adding it to my wish list right now. Thanks for the fantastic review!

May 7, 2012 - 7:15 pm

VeganYANerds - What a lovely review, Estelle. I totally agree about the cover, it’s very cute and I wouldn’t have guessed what this book was really about.

I think it sounds like a really great book, and I’m not at all put off by the fact that it’s for younger readers.

May 7, 2012 - 11:18 am

elena - ahaha I actually thought this was an adult fiction just judging from the cover but then saw the middle grade. OOPS! This seems to be quite a serious read for middle school, I’m impressed that she tackles the subject of LGBT. I’m curious about the other issue, it seems like it would be hard to read. Lovely review, Estelle!

May 7, 2012 - 9:54 am

Anna - RE: “my usual (internet predators, abuse, death)”


Magan: Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist

Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist [website | twitter] Release Date: March 20, 2012 Publisher: ALADDIN M!X Pages: 240 Target Audience: Middle Grade Format: Finished copy received from Simon & Schuster Why I Read It: Slightly awkward young teenager + an intriguing pair of glasses Summary: Thirteen-year-old Callie is having trouble seeing. Though she hates the […]

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September 20, 2012 - 2:41 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Amazon | B&N ) From What I Remember by Valerie Thomas and Stacy Kramer ( Amazon | B&N ) Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist ( Amazon | B&N ) Summer Nights by Susan Mallery ( Amazon | B&N ) […]

June 17, 2012 - 11:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Aww, this sounds really cute! I would definitely want to give this one a read.

April 12, 2012 - 7:55 am

Meredith - I too, LOVE The Mysterious Benedict Society Series!! Such clever, witty books! I’ve been reading more Middle Grade lately so I’ll have to check this one out! Thanks for the review! 🙂


April 11, 2012 - 6:29 pm

VeganYANerds - This does sound like a really sweet story! I find some middle grade books are just aimed to young for me but some of them are still entertaining for adults and it’s always great to discover one!

April 11, 2012 - 4:23 pm

elena - I remember seeing this during the YA Scavenger Hunt and thought it looked super cute! I don’t really read a lot of middle grade books (P.S. glad you love the Mysterious Benedict Society because I have those on my shelf right now!) but when I do, I think they’re delightful. I’m glad that Seeing Cinderella falls under the same category! This sounds like such a sweet book, I love that it’s fully fleshed out and you could still relate to Callie. Lovely review, Magan. 🙂

Estelle: The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith

The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith ( website | twitter) Upcoming Publication Date: April 3, 2012 Publisher: Little, Brown Pages: 384 Target Audience: Middle grade Format read: ARC paperback from ALA (Thank you!) Summary: Plucked from their hometown to a desolate farm by their parents who are hoping to pursue their own passions, twins Ruby and Simon […]

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October 10, 2014 - 5:54 pm

anonimus - so cool bb….!!!!!!!

June 16, 2012 - 9:45 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds like it’s going to be fun to read! I can’t wait to check it out for myself. After all, you did mention Harry Potter haha.

April 1, 2012 - 9:14 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Estelle! I’m usually wary of middle-grade books because sometimes they feel too young for me but it’s nice to find some that are suitable for adults too, I’ll check this out if I see it in my local library.

April 1, 2012 - 2:13 pm

In My Mailbox Meme: Rather Be Reading Blog (Estelle) - […] April 2102 Book Releases Estelle:  The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith Magan: A Book Blogger Video Magan: The List by Siobhan Vivian Estelle: The Stalker Chronicles by […]