Title Profile & Character Information


Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.

2011  American Library Association Notable Books for Children
2013  Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award
2013  Young Reader's Choice Award
2011-2012  Maine Student Book Award
2011-2012  Iowa Children's Choice Award
2012  Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
2013  Bluegrass Award
2014  Nevada Young Reader's Award
2013  Garden State Teen Book Award
2013  Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award
2016  Nene Award