Title: Real Friends
Author: Shannon Hale
Series: not applicable
Recommended for: kids ages 8 and up, also of possible interest to teens and adults.
Pages: 211 p.
Call Number/Link: GN J HALE, S.
When her best friend Adrienne starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class, Shannon questions with whether she and Adrienne will stay friends, and if she is part of the clique.
While friends, friendship and cliques are an important part of this graphic novel memoir, it also deals with Shannon’s family relationships. At the same time that she was being bullied at school, she was being bullied by an older sister at home. While the school bullying was more often that of being excluded (or ostracized), I suspected that her older sister used to beat her up when their parents weren’t home.
The book rang true and there were times that I hurt for Shannon. I was so happy when she finally found Real Friends and flourished!
This book could give kids who are being bullied (or don’t have many friends) hope that they too will ultimately triumph over loneliness and have good friends.