Real Friends

Real Friends

Book - 2017
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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?
Publisher: New York : First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781626727854
Branch Call Number: jgn HALE 2017
Characteristics: 207 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm


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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 things change.

Shannon is a bit lost when her best friend becomes part of the in-crowd in this graphic novel based on the author's own experiences in elementary school.

Friendship can be hard especially when your best friend decides you're no longer cool enough.

multcolib_susannel May 20, 2017

Growing up is hard enough without friends you can't trust and a sister that hates you.

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Sep 25, 2018

Great writing & illustrations! This book is based on author Shannon Hale's childhood. I enjoyed the 1980's pop culture references and was interested in the Salt Lake City Mormon-influenced setting.
The book shows the trials and tribulations of trying to make lasting friendships, but it ends on a positive, encouraging note. We see that life is not always perfect and that we sometimes make mistakes with our friendships, but the important thing is to learn and grow and move forward. There are some fun extras in the back of the book, including a note from Hale and some of her old school photos.

Jul 29, 2018

Shannon's colorful graphic memoir covers the everyday drama of primary school. This bright and cheerful book describes the mind-numbingly complex relationships between groups of elementary school girls. In this story, Shannon is often the lonely unpopular girl hovering along the periphery of the popular "mean girls" group.

JCLHeatherM Jul 08, 2018

Friendship can be rough, and Shannon Hale shows off the highs and lows of schoolyard friendships through this graphic memoir. Whether young Shannon is cooking up her own stories, or acting out her favorite scenes, by being true to herself, Shannon finds a group that likes her just the way she is. After all, "No one's destiny is to be alone," as Hale aptly puts at the end of her graphic memoir.

Jul 06, 2018

I really enjoy this book because it was really relaxing. It made me feel about fiends in my life.

Jun 24, 2018

Great book I really enjoyed it

Apr 19, 2018

Its a really good graphic novel about a girl names shannon who's life is like a roller coaster going up and down. I really liked this book because Wendy, Shannon's sister, is sort of like her.

JCLEmilyD Mar 21, 2018

An excellent graphic on the ups and downs we go through finding real friends and dealing with bullies in elementary school.

Mar 15, 2018

This book told an amazing story that shows the struggle of losing and making friends.This true story novel was so good that I chose to finish it in less then a day!It's very impressive for a book to give you mixed emotions.I hope author Shannon Hale and artist LeUyen Pham make more novels!

JCLChrisK Jan 09, 2018

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

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