Real Friends

Real Friends


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“Fresh and funny.” —New York Times Book Review

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.

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?

Parents Magazine Best Graphic Novel of 2017

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017

A 2017 Booklist Youth Editors' Choice

A 2018 YALSA Great Graphic Novel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626727854
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 954
Product dimensions: 5.67(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.48(d)
Lexile: GN290L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Shannon Hale is the bestselling author of many books for children, including the Ever After High series, Princess Academy (Newbery Honor book), and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl middle grade novel. She co-wrote the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack and the chapter book series The Princess in Black with her husband Dean Hale. They live with their four children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

LeUyen Pham is the bestselling illustrator of The Princess in Black series with Shannon and Dean Hale. She wrote and illustrated Big Sister, Little Sister and The Bear Who Wasn’t There and is the illustrator of many other picture books, including The Boy Who Loved Math. She lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband and her two adorable sons.

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Real Friends 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it and it reminds me of myself
Anonymous 6 months ago
To short of a sample
Anonymous 6 months ago
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was good. I like the art style.
LuckyBunBun More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! I'm lucky I got this cheaper than usual because I read it in under 30 minutes! I was hooked! I got it last week and I've already read it 3 times. It has a very great message, and is overall just a great book,
Alex-Baugh More than 1 year ago
Shannon Hale is to be admired for addressing her elementary school years with such painful openness and honesty. Despite everything she experiences, she does not present herself as a victim, rather we see that she was a bit of a crybaby whenever her feelings were hurt, and, as her sister Wendy says, obnoxious at times. And a little on the selfish side as far as her friendship with Adrienne is concerned. But readers also see that sometimes, elementary school age kids can be really mean - as in Jenny’s behavior, yet Hale makes it clear that Jenny also is dealing with her own tough issues. On the other hand, there is the boy who spits in Shannon’s face for no reason. Shannon was a daydreamer, and so was I and my Kiddo. I appreciated the way she brought out how she missed things that no one else missed - for example, how did she not know everyone had put in for the same fifth grade class except her. That is exactly the kind of thing I remember happening to me and to my Kiddo. It’s the kind of thing that makes a kid feel even more like an outsider. But, Shannon’s daydreams, as they are presented in the graphics, also really show what a wonderfully vivid imagination she had and the very beginnings of her writing career. The thing I especially liked about this book is that Hale makes it clear that she wasn’t only kid in her school who was on this roller coaster ride of family and social relationships. And her reason for writing such an open, honest look at those painful years: so that readers, young and old, who have had similar feelings and experiences, will know they weren’t the only one. A word about the graphics: LeUyen Pham has really captured the essence of the early 1980s, when this story takes place. The colors, hairstyles, clothes are all so realistic (and I know, I remember). The colors are bold, and her images reflect the variety of emotions in recognizable facial expressions and body language throughout the book. Despite its 1980s setting, Real Friends is a book that resonates in today's world and for that reason, I would recommend to young readers, as well as their parents and teachers.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
My librarian friend suggested this after my post about Sunny Side Up. So I ran right down to my library and picked it up. The Chippewa River District Library rocks!!! I didn't even ask Ivan to try this, I just handed it to him. And he read it in the car on the way home. He read it at bedtime. He even took it to the bathroom and finished it around midnight. He came back and was trying to show me that it was a true story. He was so excited by this story. He told me I should read it, too. So when I took my friend's boy to his music lesson, I read this while I waited. This girl is about my age, say 10 or 11 in 1984. There was so much I could relate to. Difficulty with "friends", glasses, having a hard time relating to people. This is a memoir, "just like El Deafo!" - Ivan, age 8. We both wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Babybums More than 1 year ago
Wonderful childrens book with great illustrations! Would definietly recommend
MGYABookJunkie More than 1 year ago
Sweet middle-grade graphic novel memoir about staying true to yourself. Full review here:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago