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Guts

By: Raina Telgemeier

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?

Author’s note. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780545852517

JLG Release: Mar 2020


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Disability
Topics: Stress in children , Children’s physiology , Stomach diseases , Anxiety , Coming of age , Middle schools , Bullying

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Awards & Honors

2019 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
Horn Book Fanfare - 2019
SLJ Best Books - 2019
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly*, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine*, School Library Journal*

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In this graphic memoir chronicling her fourth-grade year, Telgemeier (Smile; Sisters, rev. 11/14) shares her childhood experiences with anxiety. A bout with a stomach bug ushers in emetophobia (fear of vomiting), leaving young Raina trembling and plagued by digestion issues during moments of insecurity, as when making a class presenta In this graphic memoir chronicling her fourth-grade year, Telgemeier (Smile; Sisters, rev. 11/14) shares her childhood experiences with anxiety. A bout with a stomach bug ushers in emetophobia (fear of vomiting), leaving young Raina trembling and plagued by digestion issues during moments of insecurity, as when making a class presentation. As her phobia worsens, she starts missing school, limiting what she eats, and engaging in compulsive behaviors to self-soothe and manage her loss of self-control. Her parents take her to a therapist, who guides her in coping with her phobia and panic attacks. Sensitively capturing the traumas of anxiety (“Can you be sick even if you’re not sick? Can you be healthy even if you hurt?” Raina wonders), Telgemeier also addresses the insecurities of tween female friendships, the stigma of therapy, and the onset of puberty. She expertly uses scale, color, and perspective to animate the terror of panic attacks; in one bile-colored spread, Raina falls through the very floor tiles, gasping and screaming. There’s a fair amount of bodily-function humor—the book’s last panel features a big “FARRRRRT!”—but it’s never at the expense of the book’s serious subject matter. In a closing note, Telgemeier recommends that readers experienc-ing anxiety talk to a trusted adult and acknowledges that her own anxiety is ongo-ing but manageable, “just part of who I am.”

Book Details

ISBN

9780545852517

First Release

March 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

155.4

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.6; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.6; Points: 5;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Graphix

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Disability

Topics

Stress in children, Children’s physiology, Stomach diseases, Anxiety, Coming of age, Middle schools, Bullying,

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