This graphic novel was written for middle school students, but I think it would also carry over to the high school age group. The lexile is quite low only GN320L, but the content matter is not for early elementary.
This is the story of Callie who is the set designer for her middle school's play. She has crushes on a few boys. There is at least one boy who is gay, there is also one who is somewhere on the LGBT+ spectrum. I felt that Telgemeier handled the situations realistically. The characters grow throughout the story. The graphics are well drawn and add to the story.
There is jealousy, friendship, and being a good sibling shown in this story. Callie has a strong work ethic as do the other students involved with the play. This book also shows the emotional turmoil that middle school students face.
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