Smile, by Raina Telgemeier

This autobio-graphic novel chronicles the toothy trials of Raina’s adolescence, during which she basically had her entire mouth reconstructed. I loved it! She gets middle school girl relationships perfectly, the way a group of friends chooses one to pick on. They don’t even know they’re doing it, necessarily, but enough … Continue reading

Cybils: The Plain Janes & Janes in Love, by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

(Janes in Love is the nominated book, but I went back and read The Plain Janes first, so I’ll review them together. It’s not necessary background, but it certainly helped.) PJ opens with a terrorist bomb going off in Metro City, killing a number of people, and injuring more — … Continue reading

Cybils: Emiko Superstar, by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Rolston

Emi was always kind of a geek by default, but this summer her geeky friends have headed off to a “young executives retreat.” Emi decides that’s not her scene, so she’s stuck at home in the Toronto ‘burbs, baby-sitting for her American neighbors, the Cutheberts. (The dad is big and … Continue reading