A true story from Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of SmileSistersDrama, and Ghosts!

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face -- and conquer -- her fears.--from the publisher

224 pages        978-0545852500        Ages 10-14


Sometimes it can feel as though you are the only one who is different.  You can hold your differences inside you where they are secret and safe and no one will know and judge you.

Fifth grader Raina starts to have problems with her stomach after she catches her sister's stomach virus and ends up spending a night taking turns with her mom throwing up in the bathroom.  It's a while before Raina gets over the bug but it's even longer before Raina stops being afraid she will throw up at school.  How embarrassing would that be?

Her fears start keeping her from doing her best when she takes a quiz, does an oral presentation, or just has to sit through classes at school.

Raina's parents sign her up for therapy with a woman named Lauren.

This is a memoir based on Raina's own life experiences.  It's dedicated "for everyone who feels afraid."  In this day and age it's so important for kids to know they are accepted and valued no matter what the thing is that is "different" about them.  It's so important to tell our real stories and honor our truths no matter how hard they are.  Turns out it's more likely than not that someone else has a secret story they are protecting too.

Authenticity rings out in this gutsy, honest sharing.  Raina brings her life to others so they can know they aren't weird and strange and too different from everyone else.  She also takes the stigma out of going to therapy for help with your issues.

A much-needed memoir with the potential to help millions of children and let a lot of light into the dark corners they live with every day.

Keywords:  accepting others, feelings, emotions, friends, friendship, graphic novel, understanding others, truth, mental health, mental illness, stress, anxiety, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

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