Author: Raina Telgemeier
Release date: September 1, 2012
Published by: Scholastic, Inc.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Callie is a middle school stage crew fiend. She loves set design and being part of creating a show. This year’s musical is Moon Over Mississippi, and she knows the perfect set prop will be a cannon that actually goes off; now she just has to figure out how to do that.
Complicating her life is a crush she has on an 8th grade boy who sometimes talks to her, but more often than not ignores her. She works up the courage to tell him she likes him (in fact she kisses him!) in the first 10 pages of the story; unfortunately, he doesn’t reciprocate, so she moves on. To further complicate her life and add drama, two cute twin boys come into the picture. One who is trying out for the lead in the musical and the other who is shy and decides to join Callie on the crew. All the boys she likes are 8th graders, so she’s hoping one of them will ask her to the 8th grade dance.
Will Callie end up with who she wants? Will she be asked to the dance? Will the cannon work and the performance go off without a hitch? OH THE DRAMA!
FYI: If you like graphic novels, you need to read this one. The plot line and characters are fun and fun-loving (I chuckled out loud several times!), and Raina Telgemeier draws the most awesome images. Since the story revolves around the production of the middle school musical, the story is divided into acts and even includes an intermission :) I love the fact that Callie’s hair is purple—my favorite color—and it just adds to Callie’s personality. I enjoy graphic novels for this reason: you get to “read” the images as well as the words to get a full picture of who the characters are and what they are up to.
Main Character: Loved Callie. She is dedicated to her art and craft of set design, she has courage and a fierce sense of who she is, and she is warm and welcoming (and will make you laugh). The only place she struggles is with boys—which totally fits her personality and her age.
The Plot: This was a straight forward story line that just played with the drama that often goes on during the production of a school play. It is a quick, fun read that any kid (or adult) will enjoy.
Final Thought: It really is the main character that makes this story rock. You’ll find yourself chuckling, sighing, saying “Awww”, being surprised by a little twist at the end, and rooting for her as she figures out how to make the cannon explode!
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