Real Friends by Shannon HaleReal Friends by Shannon Hale

Real Friends

byShannon HaleIllustratorLeUyen Pham

Paperback | May 2, 2017

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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 2018 YALSA Great Graphic Novel

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...
Title:Real FriendsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.98 × 5.59 × 0.52 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:first secondLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626727856

ISBN - 13:9781626727854


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This is a great graphic novel for kids. I loved the art in this book. It made the story quite funny. Shannon’s sister was depicted as a bear sometimes. Shannon had daydreams about creating fantasies with her friends. These things couldn’t have been demonstrated in the same way if it wasn’t a graphic novel. The story is important for all kids to read. Shannon had trouble making friends. She would have a friend and then they would move away. She didn’t fit in with the popular group, though she tried to join them. When she tried to leave them, she couldn’t get anyone to join her new group. Many kids have these kinds of problems at some point in their lives, so this would show them that they aren’t alone with their feelings. Shannon also had problems with her sister. They didn’t get along most of the time. But then it was revealed that they actually had a lot in common. Sometimes you don’t like things about someone else because they remind you of yourself. This also shows that it may not be your fault if you don’t get along with someone. I really enjoyed this story. I recommend it for young readers!
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book bought this as a gift. very good read and love the way it was written. great gift.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Book My daughter loved it and reread it many times...sign of a good book in our house :)
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I got this book a while ago and I finally got down to read it. It was so good I finished it in one day! I Totally recommend this book!
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for a 10 years old My daugther is in grade 5 and she loves this book. She rered it 3 times and is not tired of reding it again.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thumbs up from grade 6 students My grade 6 students enjoyed this book. Girls related to it and felt like they couldn't stop reading it. I definitely suggest it!
Date published: 2017-07-11

Editorial Reviews

"In Real Friends, Shannon Hale reflects on her own friendship-troubled elementary school years with honesty, humor and grace . . . Her readers will find much to love here, including LeUyen Pham's brilliant and multilayered art . . . These detailed memories of elementary school will ring hilariously true to adult readers . . . At the same time, stories of whispered rumors and being left out will be achingly familiar for readers navigating those waters in the here and now." -author Kate Messner, writing in the New York Times Book Review"The book's truth is as vibrant as its art." -Washington Post"A heart-stabbing tale of the everyday social agonies of girlhood." -Wall Street Journal"Real Friends tackles bullying, childhood anxiety, and growing pains in a heartfelt way that'll transport every woman who went to elementary school back into her days as a young girl . . . but the book also shows us the incredible kindness and solidarity that girls can and do display." -The Mary Sue"A wistful, affecting, and utterly charming exploration of the realities of childhood friendship." -Booklist, starred review"This tender, perceptive graphic memoir is bound to resonate with most readers, especially fans of Raina Telgemeier and kids struggling with the often turbulent waters of friendships and cliques." -School Library Journal, starred review"A wonderfully observed portrait of finding one's place in your world." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Readers will appreciate Shannon's fantastic imagination that lightens her tough journey toward courage and self-acceptance." -Kirkus Reviews"Hand this book to fans of Raina Telgemeier's and Cece Bell's graphic memoirs." -Horn Book"The author's memoir nails what it's like to navigate elementary-school friendships." -Parents Magazine"Pham's visual version of Hale expresses everything, with bright creativity and intense emotional suffering warring across her face, her body posture, and even in her gait. Hale fans will appreciate the look behind the curtain at where some of her amazing book ideas are rooted, and kids who have struggled with the complexity of grade school friendships, i.e., any kid, will find comfort that the dark days can be survived." -The Bulletin"Real Friends is honest and heartfelt, and sure to be loved by anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. The artwork is stunning, too!" -Victoria Jamieson, New York Times-bestselling and Newbery Honor author of Roller Girl"Fresh, fun, and achingly real. Bravo!" -Jennifer L. Holm, New York Times-bestselling and Newbery Honor author and co-creator of Sunny Side Up and the Babymouse series"Real Friends made me laugh, broke my heart, and gave me hope. This book is SO GOOD. SO MANY FEELS." -Gene Luen Yang, New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award Finalist author of American Born Chinese