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Real Friends

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.

Rating:   ****





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.




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Posted by on July 3, 2017 in Graphic Novels, Juv


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Waylon! One Awesome Thing.

Waylon one awesome thing cover

Title:   Waylon!  One Awesome Thing
Author:   Sara Pennypacker
Series:  Waylon!
Recommended for:  readers in grades 2-4 (and as a readaloud to the same grades) 
Pages:  198 p.
Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Pennypacker, S.

Rating:  ****






Waylon, a boy with the mind of a scientific genius and the vulnerable heart of an eight year old, is trying to understand his older sister and deal with changes among the kids at school”   – Provided by publisher. –



I love this author’s Clementine series.  Waylon is a boy from Clementine’s class.  I liked this book, but Clementine remains my favorite kid at their elementary school.

Waylon is a quirky child.  He reads a lot, loves science and has an amazing memory for random scientific things he’s read.  He loves to tell people about these scientific facts (and his ideas) at great length.  Not everyone appreciates that, including some kids in his class at school who think he talks too much.

Waylon is not thrilled with ways that things at school are changing in fourth grade.  A boy named Arlo divides the boys in the class into two teams.  Members of one team aren’t supposed to socialize with members of the other team, even if they are best friends.  Waylon winds up being one of two boys in the class who are not on a team.  On one hand, he’s happy to avoid having muddy pine cones pushed down the back of his shirt in a conflict between the teams.  On the other, he doesn’t enjoy being left out.  But mostly, he wishes that everyone in his class could get along and be friends again.

Waylon also has a teen sister who is going through an awkward, unfriendly stage.  She’s gone emo, wants to be called Neon and frequently disagrees with her parents.

Waylon is a nice boy and tries his best to make things better, both at home and at school.


One Awesome Thing would be a good classroom readaloud, especially at the beginning of the school year.

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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Juv, Realistic


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