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So You're Looking for Raina Telgemeier...

Maybe you want to read Sisters. Or maybe you love her work on The Baby-Sitters Club. Maybe you have no idea who Raina Telgemeier is, but you want a bright and fun graphic novel, and the ones your friends talk about are always checked out. Here is a list of Telgemeier's books (including alternative formats to check out), the popular titles that are just like Telgemeier, and some other suggestions for when those aren't available. Good luck, and happy reading.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

In a semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Raina's disappointing bond with a cranky, independent younger sister is further challenged by the arrival of a baby brother and an estrangement in their parents' marriage.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets herheart on meeting one.

Also available in: e-book

The series continues with The Truth About Stacy, Mary Ann Saves the Day, and Claudia and Mean Jeanine, which are all available as ebooks through Overdrive as well.

Dawn and the Impossible Three is the latest in the series, with a new illustrator.

Real friends by Shannon Hale

When her best friend Adrienne starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class, Shannon questions with whether she and Adrienne will stay friends, and if she is part of the clique.

Be prepared by Vera Brosgol

Believing Russian summer camp will be the place she finally fits in, Vera jumps at the chance to sign up, but very quickly discovers that camp is nothing like she imagined.

A collection of comics about every kid's favorite school subject: recess. More Comics Squad books feature Lunch and Detention. These short comic stories offer a variety of new authors and illustrators to explore (for example, click on the title, scroll down to the listing of alternate authors, then click on "Jennifer Holm" to find another list of books by a great comic author).

Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart. Victoria Jamieson's latest is All's Faire in Middle School.

El deafo by Cece Bell
Also available in: e-book

The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower".

The dumbest idea ever! by Jimmy Gownley

Recounts the author's adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist.

Sunny side up by Jennifer L Holm
Also available in: e-book

Sunny Lewin is sent to live with her grandfather for the summer in Florida, where she befriends Buzz, a boy completely obsessed with comic books, and faces the secret behind why she is in Florida in the first place. Sunny's adventures continue in Swing It, Sunny!

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member. Find another middle school saga in Brave, by the same author.

Zita is determined to find her way home to Earth, but her exploits have made her an intergalactic megastar, and as her true self is eclipsed by her public persona, she faces a robot doppelganger, and is unsure of who she can trust. Find more adventures of Zita the Spacegirl.

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

The lives of two middle school girls, one a quiet artist, the other a popular overachiever, intersect on a day shaped by a misdelivered note, crushes, humiliations, boredom, and drama. This author has another book, Positively Izzy.

A year without mom by Dasha Tolstikova
Also available in: e-book

A Year Without Mom follows twelve-year-old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America. Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is to join her mother in America -- a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she loves. The visual style is NOT comparable to Telgemeier, but the story definitely is.

There are many more Amelia Rules books as well.

When Phoebe meets a unicorn named Marigold who grants her one wish, Phoebe wishes Marigold would become her best friend, and the two set off on adventures big and small. Follow the rest of Phoebe's adventures by searching for Dana Simpson.

Hilda's world is upset as she faces the prospect of leaving her snow-capped birthplace for the city when her mother, an architect, is offered a job. As Hilda tries to make a case for staying where they are, she must find a way to befriend the tiny elves who have recently been causing trouble for the household, and at the same time, find out about the giant she keeps seeing at night. Although this story takes on more fantastic elements, there's still plenty of strong characters and fun hijinks. And of course, there's more Hilda.

To dance : a memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel

The author describes how she first decided she wanted to be a ballerina at the age of six, and how that dream carried her from her home in Puerto Rico to dance class in Boston to performing with the New York City Ballet. A biography in a fun graphic style.

Baba Yaga's assistant by Marika McCoola

The fearsome witch of Russian folklore mentors a brave teen who draws on her grandmother's wisdom to pass a series of tests, outfox a territorial bear, and make dinner for her child-eating host. While the story departs from the realistic nature of Telgemeier's work, the illustration style might appeal to fans.

All summer long by Hope Larson

When her best friend, Austin, goes to soccer camp over the summer, thirteen-year-pld Bina finds an unlikely companion in Austin's older sister, Charlie.

So you've made your way through all the graphic novels on this list and you're still searching for a good read. If you still want a similar feel to Telgemeier's work, give some "regular" chapter books a look. You can also move along to suggestions from our teen collection.

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