By Raina Telgemeier. From awkward puberty to the beginnings of self-acceptance, this graphic novel follows Raina’s frustrating journey with on-again/off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached(!). On top of that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. This relatable, vividly illustrated true story will resonate with boys as well as girls. Grades 5–10. Illustrated. Scholastic. 213 pages. ©2010.
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