Check out all of the graphic novels in the Smile book series if your reader loves autobiographical stories.
This book list gives you all the Smile books in order but then read on for fun extras to enjoy with the Smile book series and frequently asked questions about the author, reading level and more.
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Smile Book Series in Order:
Smile Series Order with Publisher Descriptions:
by Raina Telgemeier
Smile Series Book 1
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth.
What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached.
And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.
by Raina Telgemeier
Smile Series Book 2
Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself.
Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along.
They are sisters, after all.Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.
by Raina Telgemeier
Smile Series Book 3
Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session.
It soon becomes clear that Raina’s tummy trouble isn’t going away… and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What’s going on?
Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face — and conquer — her fears.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Smile Book Series:
Who is the Author of the Smile Book Series?
Raina Telgemeier is the author of the Smile book series.I love how she got her start to this series. She first met an editor from Scholastic who mentioned starting up a graphic novel imprint.
Being a fan of Ann M. Martin’s The Babysitter’s Club series, Telgemeier was asked to work up a graphic novel version of the first book which launched her into working on four graphic novels in the series. These adaptations allowed her to quit her full-time job and concentrate on her own work.
What is the Smile Book Series Recommended Reading Level?
Smile Recommended Reading Age: 8-11
Smile Recommended Reading Grade: 3-7
Who Would Enjoy Reading the Smile Book Series?
Middle grade readers who like autobiographical tales will enjoy all of the Smile books as well as those who want to read about another person’s trials and tribulations of the middle school years.
Is the Book Smile Based on a True Story?
Yes! Smile is a graphic memoir based on Raina Telgemeier’s own childhood. According to Telgemeier, she knocked out two front teeth while in the sixth grade and needed braces and multiple surgeries as a result. Smile tells the tale about Telgemeier’s life during the time she had braces
Is the Book Sisters Based on a True Story?
Yes! Sisters is a book about Telgemeier’s life growing up with her younger sister Amara.
Is the Book Guts Based on a True Story?
Yes! Guts is about Telgemeier’s own stomach problems and her adventures in food, school, and changing friendships.
Are There Resources Related to the Smile Book Series?
I love that Raina shares a lot about her writing process as well as advice for other writers interested in graphic novels on her web site. There she also provides reading guides for Smile and a guide to using graphic novels with children and teens.
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