Real Friends

Real Friends

Paperback - 2017
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Hale and Pham "join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends--and why it's worth the journey"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626724167
1626724164
9781626727854
1626727856
Characteristics: 207 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Pham, LeUyen - Illustrator

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Pairing a graphic novel with a prose book, this book club is for 4th - 8th graders who like both or either. This summer we're taking on Earth-Explorer themes. In July we're reading The Wild Robot by Peter Brown and Real Friends by Shannon Hale. (more)


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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

When you're in the fifth grade, figuring out who your real friends are can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Shannon Hale, author of the popular Princess in Black series, shares her own story of figuring out who she is and where she fits in her autobiographical graphic novel. (Elementary)


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yanwang219
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.

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GalaxyGirl100
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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Angie206
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!

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donutwombat
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.

ArapahoeMary 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?"

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