Real Friends

By HALE, Shannon

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ISBN
9781626724167 9781626727854
Publisher
First Second


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on February 1, 2017  |  Middle to High School

Gr 3–6—Hale revisits her elementary school years in this insightful exploration of the ups and downs of friendship. Young Shannon meets her BFF Adrienne in kindergarten, and the two bond until Adrienne moves away. When Adrienne returns, Shannon is thrilled—until Adrienne joins a clique. In over her head, Shannon copes with feelings of inadequacy as she compares herself to pretty and seemingly perfect ringleader Jen, as well as resentment and intense anxiety as callous Jenny throws barbs her way. There's trouble at home, too: middle c...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2017

Author Hale recounts her elementary-school years in this graphic memoir that focuses on childhood friendship. Young Shannon feels a bit lost within her family, the middle child between two older and two younger close-in-age siblings, and at school it's a similar situation with her never quite fitting in anywhere. The book is divided into sections titled with the name of a friend or frenemy: Adrienne (her first friend), Jen (popular leader of "the group"), Jenny (mean-girl member of "the group"...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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