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Smile book 2
Publisher Scholastic/Graphix
Author Raina Telgemeier
Type Comic
Main Characters Raina, Sammy, Nicole, Karin, Kelli, Sean, and Amara.

Smile is an autobiographical graphic novel written by Raina Telgemeier. It gives an account of the author's life from sixth grade to high school. The book is based on Telgemeier's webcomic, Smile.

In 2014, Smile received a sequel called Sisters.


  • After a severe trip and fall accident, Raina has a nearly five-year experience with dental surgery and orthodontics. This occurs at the same time as the onset of puberty, peer relationships in middle school, and bullying.[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, and 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. This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.[2]


  • Smile is a graphic novel with about 200 pages.
  • In music class, it is revealed that Sammy's full name is Samuel.

Awards EarnedEdit

Smile, a graphic novel based on Raina's webcomic is a 2010 Noston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor title. This is the first time a graphic novel has been nominated for or won this award. Smile was a 2010 New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2010, a 2011 ALA Notable Children's Book, a 2011 YALSA Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens pick, and a Children's Choice Book Award Finalist. In 2011, the book won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens.