Tweenage Wasteland
Chronicling the drama and epic tragedy that is adolescence comes easy to Telgemeier, who grew up devouring The Babysitter’s Club, obsessing over the New Kids on the Block, and wishing desperately for pierced ears. It’s no wonder that she was chosen to illustrate Ann M. Martin’s beloved series when it jumped into the new Millennium as a graphic novel.

Smile, based on her own experiences throughout middle and high school, is Telgemeier’s latest (and greatest) graphic work for the 9 to 12ish set. It’s funny, authentic, and if you are a child of the eighties (ahem), it’s downright required reading.