Real Friends

Real Friends

eBook - 2017
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When her best friend Adrienne starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class, Shannon questions with whether she and Adrienne will stay friends, and if she is part of the clique.

Macmillan School
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.

“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 2018 YALSA Great Graphic Novel

Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2017
ISBN: 9781250164162
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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JCLChrisK Jan 09, 2018

An excellent memoir about the rocky terrain of friendship in grades 3-5. Relatable, moving, and . . . real.

Oct 17, 2017

Good graphic novel. It illustrated one of the things that is wrong with yesterday's millennials and today's youth. Perfect to get that point across to them. Something for society to ponder.

This book touched on so many things that happened in my own youth. As a person who grew up with social anxiety, this touched me tremendously. I really bonded with the main character and I was really rooting for her. This is an excellent book to show how to handle cliques and would be bullies.

EricaV_KCMO Sep 13, 2017

This book hit very close to home. It's as if Shannon had a window into my grade school life. We both started kindergarten the same year me I suffered through friends all through elementary school. I truly think so many kids will connect with this book and see themselves in Shannon's story. This is a great graphic novel. You get a real sense of Shannon's sense of awkwardness. I loved the early 80s fashions and references to pop culture at the time when being the fan of a particular group could make or break your coolness. I'm sure it's still the same but having a tape of a group was such a sense of coolness. Wonderful book!

Aug 23, 2017

Astonishing artwork, this is an honest graphic novel, capturing the most honest and heartfelt stories about friendship. Awesome!

KateHillier Jul 11, 2017

Elementary school is hard. Making friends is hard. Making friends when you're a girl who doesn't quite get the complexity of girl friendships in elementary school is a real mess. Shannon Hale, in this fictionalized graphic memoir, recounts her elementary school years and the friends she made and didn't make and how she never knew whether she was in or out of The Group. This will be very familiar to a lot of people - it was certainly familiar to me. To add to Shannon's story is family concerns (she's the middle child, one of her sisters is not the nicest of people and has her own problems) and her own mental health concerns.

It's a familiar story but everyone's story is a little different and I liked reading Shannon's. It was very normal and very usual, in fun ways and not so fun ways, and the art was cute and fabulous too. A win all around.

AL_MARY Jun 30, 2017

As someone who grew up in the same time period, and also suffered from red hair and anxiety, this book hit me right in the feels. The challenges of making new friends and keeping old is portrayed accurately and will resonate with any elementary child. Also, THE TOPS OF CARROTS ARE GREEN SO WHY DID THEY CALL US "CARROT TOP?"

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jun 20, 2017

I loved everything about this book- the writing, the characters, the illustrations, the TIME PERIOD. I’m a proud child of the 80’s and this took me back to my absolute favorite decade.

Jun 12, 2017

Enjoyable read. Focuses on family and classmate relationships.

Jun 06, 2017

This is a lovely, heartfelt graphic memoir that I think should find a wide audience among kids who love Raina Telgemeier’s work, among others. This look at the complex dynamics of friendships, the feelings of being “in” one moment and “out” the next, felt so real and so resonant – I think kids will lap this up, and probably see a lot of their own lives represented here, despite the fact that it’s set in the ‘80s. Highly recommended.

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