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Real Friends 2
Best Friends
By (author): Shannon Hale Illustrated by: LeUyen Pham
9781250317452 Hardcover, Paper over boards English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 11 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Social Topics Aug 27, 2019 Print Run: 75000
$29.99 CAD
Active 5.69 x 8.16 x 0.89 in | 560 gr 256 pages First Second
NPR Best Book of the Year 2019, Long-listed Best Books of the Year 2019, Long-listed

A National andNew York Times Bestseller!

The creators ofReal FriendsShannon Hale and LeUyen Pham are back with a true story about popularity, first crushes, and finding your own path in the graphic novel,Best Friends.

Follow your heart. Find your people.

Sixth grade is supposed to be perfect. Shannon’s got a sure spot in the in-crowd called The Group, and her best friend is their leader, Jen, the most popular girl in school.

But the rules are always changing, and Shannon has to scramble to keep up. She never knows which TV shows are cool, what songs to listen to, and who she’s allowed to talk to. Who makes these rules, anyway? And does Shannon have to follow them?

ASchool Library JournalBest Book of 2019
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of 2019
A National Public Radio (NPR) Best Book of 2019
One of NBCToday's 26 Best Kids' Books of 2019
2020 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year List

Shannon Haleis the bestselling author of many books, includingReal Friends, the Ever After High series, andPrincess Academy. With her husband Dean Hale she co-wroteRapunzel's Revenge, Calamity Jack, the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series, and The Princess in Black series. They live with their four children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

LeUyen Phamis the bestselling illustrator ofReal Friendsand The Princess in Black series. She wrote and illustratedBig Sister, Little SisterandThe Bear Who Wasn’t There. She has illustrated many other picture books, includingThe Boy Who Loved Math. She lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband and her two adorable sons.

- starred review from Kirkus
- 75k print run
- over 11k copies of Real Friends sold in Canada
- exclusive cover reveal and announcement on
- interview: "Actual Friends Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham Discuss Collaborating on Best Friends"
- authors will be in Toronto September 20-21 for school visits and a launch event on September 21 at the Toronto Public Library

“Somehow, Hale and Pham have made the “normal girl” into the ultimate cool girl.” —The New York Times Book Review

“This uncommonly honest portrayal of the lures and pitfalls of popularity will likely ring true to many elementary and middle-school readers.” —Booklist,starred review

“A terrific look at middle school culture . . . This authentic, important book will mean a great deal to many kids.” —School Library Journal,starred review

“A must-read for fans of Raina Telgemeier or Victoria Jamieson . . . This glimpse into middle school is insightful, introspective, and important.” —Kirkus Reviews,starred review

“A natural suggestion for fans of Cece Bell and Raina Telgemeier, this book offers an honest, empathetic, and encouraging narrative for young readers braving the ups and downs of the tween years.” —Horn Book

Praise forReal Friends:

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

“The book's truth is as vibrant as its art.” —Washington Post

"I have two boys, they love these books. They love to talk about the friendships, I love that I am discussing all of these issues through the lives of these girls. There is something about it that's so wonderful." —NPR

“Wistful, affecting, and utterly charming.” —Booklist,starred review

“A heart-stabbing tale of the everyday social agonies of girlhood.” —Wall Street Journal

“Shows us the incredible kindness and solidarity that girls can and do display.” —The Mary Sue

“Bound to resonate with most readers, especially fans of Raina Telgemeier.” —School Library Journal,starred review

“A wonderfully observed portrait of finding one’s place in your world.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Nails what it’s like to navigate elementary-school friendships.” —Parents Magazine

“Sure to be loved by anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.” —Victoria Jamieson,New York Times–bestselling and Newbery Honor author ofRoller Girl

“Fresh, fun, and achingly real. Bravo!” —Jennifer L. Holm,New York Times–bestselling and Newbery Honor author and co-creator ofSunny Side Upand the Babymouse series

“This book is SO GOOD. SO MANY FEELS.” —Gene Luen Yang,American Born Chinese

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