The Resource Real friends
- Real friends
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- Shannon Hale ; artwork by LeUyen Pham ; color by Jane Poole
- Autobiographical comics
- trueBest friends
- Best friends -- Comic books, strips, etc
- trueBullying and bullies
- trueElementary schools
- Friendship -- Comic books, strips, etc
- Girls -- Comic books, strips, etc
- trueGrowing up
- Graphic novels
- Schools -- Comic books, strips, etc
- trueSchool children
- 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 her best friend Adrienne starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class, Shannon questions whetheror not she and Adrienne will stay friends, and if she is part of the clique
- Beehive Graphic Novel Book Award (Utah), 2019.
- Blue Hen Book Award (Delaware) for Middle Readers, Graphic Novel, 2020.
- Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award, 2020.
- Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2017.
- Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan), Grades 4-5, 2018.
- School Library Journal Best Nonfiction Book, 2017.
- South Carolina Book Award, Children's Books, 2020.
- YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2018.
- /* Starred Review */ Gr 3–6—Hale revisits her elementary school years in this insightful exploration of the ups and downs of friendship. Young Shannon meets her BFF Adrienne in kindergarten, and the two bond until Adrienne moves away. When Adrienne returns, Shannon is thrilled—until Adrienne joins a clique. In over her head, Shannon copes with feelings of inadequacy as she compares herself to pretty and seemingly perfect ringleader Jen, as well as resentment and intense anxiety as callous Jenny throws barbs her way. There's trouble at home, too: middle child Shannon often feels lost and is bullied by older sister Wendy. The author reflects on her life from the vantage point of adulthood, displaying a mature awareness of her own flaws and an understanding of the behavior of unsympathetic kids such as Wendy and Jenny, and her accessible writing and hopeful tone will speak to readers. Pham's gentle cartoon images make effective use of perspective and composition to underscore Shannon's sense of alienation. Her various flights of fancy reinforce her budding storytelling abilities and provide relatable metaphors (for instance, Shannon imagining her friends as members of a royal court and herself as the jester). In Hale's afterword, she acknowledges that though she attempted to faithfully represent her experiences, she re-created some dialogue and made changes for the sake of the plot. --Mahnaz Dar (Reviewed 02/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 02, p125)
- /* Starred Review */ Hale’s childhood struggles with friends and family come to achingly poignant life in this candid graphic memoir. Over five chapters, readers follow a bookish and shy Hale from her earliest days in school through fifth grade, as she zealously guards her first friendship (“One good friend. My mom says that’s all anyone really needs”), negotiates forever-changing friendship politics, and tries to stay on the good side of her turbulent oldest sister. Hale makes her own flaws evident, and that fairness extends to the bullies in her life, who lash out brutally at times, but whose insecurities and sadness are just as clear. The carefully honed narration and dialogue give Pham plenty of room to work. Her digitally colored ink cartooning pulls substantial emotion out of everyday moments (such as Hale retreating to a playground shrub to cry, only to find another girl already there, doing the same) and the imagination-fueled games Hale was forever devising, presaging her writing career. It’s a wonderfully observed portrait of finding one’s place in your world. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (May) 			 --Staff (Reviewed 02/27/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 09, p)
- A truth-telling graphic memoir whose theme song could be Johnny Lee's old country song "Lookin' for Love in all the Wrong Places."Shannon, depicted in Pham's clear, appealing panels as a redheaded white girl, starts kindergarten in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1979, and her story ends just before sixth grade. Desperately longing to be in "the group" at school, Shannon suffers persistent bullying, particularly from a mean girl, Jenny, which leads to chronic stomachaches, missing school, and doctor visits. Contemporary readers will recognize behaviors indicative of obsessive-compulsive disorder, but the doctor calls it anxiety and tells Shannon to stop worrying. Instead of being a place of solace, home adds to Shannon's stress. The middle child of five, she suffers abuse from her oldest sibling, Wendy, whom Pham often portrays as a fierce, gigantic bear and whom readers see their mother worrying about from the beginning. The protagonist's faith (presented as generically Christian) surfaces overtly a few times but mostly seems to provide a moral compass for Shannon as she negotiates these complicated relationships. This episodic story sometimes sticks too close to the truth for comfort, but readers will appreciate Shannon's fantastic imagination that lightens her tough journey toward courage and self-acceptance. A painful and painfully recognizable tale of one girl's struggle to make and keep "one good friend." (author's note) (Graphic memoir. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2017)
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- Junior Library Guild Selection.
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- Ages 7-11
- Grades 2-6
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