June 26, 2019

#BookReview: Real Friends (Real Friends #1) by @haleshannon, LeUyen Pham, Jane Poole


Synopsis: When best friends are not forever . . . 

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. 

But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. 

Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen's #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? 

Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group—or out?

Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Timesbestselling 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.


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About the Author:  New York Times best selling author Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in Creative Writing. After nineteen years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published The Goose Girl, the first in her award-winning Books of Bayern series. She has published 20+ books for young readers including the Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy and its two sequels, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, the first four Ever After High books, and graphic novel memoir Real Friends. Her novels for the adult crowd include Austenland (now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell). Shannon and her husband Dean Hale have collaborated on several projects, such as Eisner-nominee Rapunzel's Revenge; early chapter book series The Princess in Black; a novel about the unbeatable Marvel superhero, Squirrel Girl; and the first ever meeting between Ever After High and Monster High: The Legend of Shadow High. They spend non-writing hours corralling their four young children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: In this story you find out that real friends don't always come easy. But its true friends that really matter.  This review is from our middle reviewers whom are 
8 and 12 (Grades 3 and 7). 

We loved that this was an easy book to read and understand.  The fact that it was a graphic novel made it even better.  We were able to picture Shannon counting the bricks in the hall and Wendy yelling at Shannon as well as the rest of the story. The flow of the story was perfect for this book.  We think that this book would be good for any ages as we are 8 and 12 (Grades 3 & 7).  We have both had issues in school with making friends and keeping them.  It is something that we think that every kid has to deal with at sometime in our lives.  The school setting was great. We both really miss school right now and can't wait to get back! 

This book about true friends, bulling, and more was so good! We loved all the characters and really enjoyed that the authors added in Shannon's religion because not a lot of kids books do that.  But if you are worried its preachy its not, it was a great blend of it and really felt like every day life. 

This was a fun story to read and really shows us kids about good relationships.  Because, real friends lift you up not bring you down. 

Overall this was a great story that was very unique and special! 







“Fresh and funny.” ―New York Times Book Review
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.










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