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Books to Bond Over With Your Tween Reader

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17. 'Smile,' by Raina Telgemeier

This award-winning graphic memoir based on Raina Telgemeir's childhood hooks you on the first page. 

Raina is trying to be a normal sixth grader but one night after Girl Scouts she severely injures her two front teeth after tripping and falling. We follow her on a long and frustrating journey with braces, surgery, headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth. Add in a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friendship problems and this graphic novel is one you may have to read in a single setting.