Real Friends (Paperback)
The book is the tale of Shannon's elementary school years and the challenges she had with making and keeping friends. I want to go back in time and hand this to my younger self, when I was in 6th grade, having just moved to a new school where everyone knew each other from kindergarten and having to figure out how to fit in. I would love to give this to the kid who feels like the world is falling apart around them because of some sort of trouble at home (Shannon's older sister bullied her, and that isn't an easy thing). I would love to give it to those kids who have anxiety, who don't feel like they fit in, who are always looking in on the outside. And I'd like to give it to the "popular" kids to remind them that their actions have consequences. In short: Hale is an amazing storyteller, especially when it's her own story, and this is a fantastic book.— Melissa Fox
"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
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.