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"
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626724167
Characteristics: 207 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Pham, LeUyen - Illustrator


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amykduffy Oct 09, 2018

Ages 8-12

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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Oct 03, 2018


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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