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Real Friends
by Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham


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When best friends are not forever . . .

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group.  Read more...


 
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Overview

When best friends are not forever . . .

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen's #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group or out?

Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends and why it's worth the journey.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781626727854
  • ISBN-10: 1626727856
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publish Date: May 2017
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Social Topics - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Social Topics - Bullying

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hales childhood struggles with friends and family come to achingly poignant life in this candid graphic memoir. Over five chapters, readers follow a bookish and shy Hale from her earliest days in school through fifth grade, as she zealously guards her first friendship (One good friend. My mom says thats all anyone really needs), negotiates forever-changing friendship politics, and tries to stay on the good side of her turbulent oldest sister. Hale makes her own flaws evident, and that fairness extends to the bullies in her life, who lash out brutally at times, but whose insecurities and sadness are just as clear. The carefully honed narration and dialogue give Pham plenty of room to work. Her digitally colored ink cartooning pulls substantial emotion out of everyday moments (such as Hale retreating to a playground shrub to cry, only to find another girl already there, doing the same) and the imagination-fueled games Hale was forever devising, presaging her writing career. Its a wonderfully observed portrait of finding ones place in your world. Ages 812. Authors agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. Illustrators agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (May)

 
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