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By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Graphic novel about musical theater has positive messages.

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age 11+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 10+


I read this book because I was bored and it's in my 12 yr old daughters bedroom and I liked it, when she got home from school I asked her if she new what LGBTQ was and she said yes but not a lot so I told her more and then she said "mom I have a crush on my best friend sarah!" I smiled and told her that you are to young to date but it is normal to have a crush!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
2 people found this helpful.
age 9+

Ignore the homophobic soccer moms

So. A lot more 13+ ratings than I'd thought. Theres literally just 2 real kiss scenes, one which is between the same gender, and one which is between different genders. Now, it's your child, your choice, but a children's or tween book with LGBTQ characters, and in 2012, is downright amazing! Really, it depends on your views and wether or not your child is young enough, but really, the book is pretty amazing.

This title has:

Educational value
Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29):
Kids say (120):

Written with affection and humor, this graphic novel captures the excitement and chaos of producing an ambitious school musical. Author-illustrator Raina Telgemeier creates an engaging cast of different personality types and plenty of chaos, both onstage and off, before Drama gets to its final act.

Telgemeier's cartoony artwork has the humor and expressiveness of an Archie comic in its prime, but with a slightly younger -- and more inclusive -- cast of characters. Her middle school kids are diverse in ethnicity and sexuality, with the journey of gay and bisexual characters treated with warmth and sensitivity. This is a fun, energetic story, with plenty of positive messages and discussion points.

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