About the Book
Callie loves theater. and while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of "Moon over Mississippi," she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage and offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
Following the success of Smile, Raina Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!
- Callie is passionate about set design and researches old movies to inspire her and to learn. What topics do you love learning about? How can you learn more about those topics?
- When Callie and her friends exit the costume room wearing fun hats, Greg looks at them strangely and quickly walks away. Liz reassures Callie by saying, “We’re the cool ones. He’s the dork.” What do you think Liz meant by that? Do you agree?
- Callie says that her new life began when she joined the stage crew. What activities at school or outside of school do you enjoy? Is there a club, sport, or musical instrument that you would like to try?
- Callie “auditions” even though she knows her singing voice isn’t very good. Why do you think she does this? Which character do you relate to more: Callie or Jesse?
- Why do some of the kids dislike Bonnie? Discuss some of the things she does and some of the things she says that aren’t nice.
- Callie gets angry because Jesse ditches her at the dance, and Liz gets angry because Callie leaves her at the dance. Do you think Callie and Liz have a right to be mad? Why? How would you feel?
- Greg asks Callie to be his girlfriend, but she doesn’t accept, even though she used to have a big crush on him. Does this surprise you? Why do you think she said no? Do you think she does the right thing?
- Jesse gives Callie mixed signals about his feelings toward her. What signals make her think he likes her as a girlfriend? What signals make her think he only likes her as a friend?
- Jesse is a great singer but is very shy about performing in front of others. Do you have a talent that you keep to yourself? Or do you know someone who does? What can you or your friend do to feel more comfortable about sharing your talent with others?
- Why do you think Callie is chosen to be the stage manager for the next school year? Use examples from the book to explain.