Smile (Scholastic, 2010)
Smile is an autobiographical graphic novel written by Raina Telgemeier. It recounts Telgemeier’s preteen years from grade six to entering high school. Smile is based on her web comic of the same name.
After a Girl Scout meeting, Raina trips and falls, injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey, nearly a five-year experience with orthodontics and dental surgeries. If all that isn’t enough to deal with, throw in puberty, peer relationships and bullying too!
Smile has won multiple literary awards including the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2012).