Smile - Raina Telgemeier This was my second graphic novel from Raina Telgemeier and it was just as wonderful as the first one I read, if not slightly more charming. Smile follows the life of sixth-grader Raina as she has to endure some heavy duty dental work. From braces to head-gear, from middle school to high school, this story captures what it's like to be growing up. As Raina bears through years of orthodontia work, she also matures - realizing who she wants to be and what friends she wants around her.

I found it even more endearing that it was centered locally. Imagine my surprise when mentions of Watsonville and Aptos High were thrown in. I was like, hey I know those places! Another great surprise (well, maybe it wasn't a surprise and I just missed it), was that it was set in the late 80's. We had references to the earthquake here in 1989, New Kids on the Block retainers and the New Mickey Mouse Club. I just loved the author's attention to details from that era, especially for that age group.

Once again, colorful illustrations help tell this wonderful story. Adorable. Just plain adorable.