With a boom of popularity, it’s obvious that realistic comics are all the rage. Sure! We love super-heroes and valiant mice questing for the greater good, but sometimes, we want to connect, person to person, with the image. What IS it like to get braces? Am I the *only* one who has a hard time making friends? Raina Telgemeier strikes graphic-gold with titles such as Smile, Sisters, and Ghosts. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is another to add to the ever-growing list of solid story-lines and engaging illustrations. New to our shelves, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham has given us Real Friends.
One of the most endearing things about this comic is that it’s just so relate-able. Hale touches on social anxiety brought on by bullies, comfort of fitting in and being one’s self, and the wiles of finding one’s place in a household full of siblings. The exciting and crisp illustrations are engaging and they help fulfill the mission of the story-line perfectly. If you (or your middle-grade reader) are looking for something similar to Telgemeier, I’d fully recommend this title. Along the way, there’s sure to be lots of emotional fodder for meaty discussion. Happy reading!