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    9781623541842 9781632898708 Electronic book text, EPUB
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    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: S Lexile measure: 660L
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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Oct 08, 2019 Carton Quantity: 24 $19.99 CAD
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Friend or Fiction
By (author): Abby Cooper
9781623541088 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship Oct 08, 2019
$19.99 CAD
Forthcoming 5.5 x 8.25 in 272 pages Charlesbridge Children's Books Charlesbridge
One creative middle-schooler schooler discovers that the best friend a girl can have is the one she makes herself in this charming magical realism read.

Jade’s life hasn’t exactly been normal lately, especially since her dad’s cancer diagnosis. Jade wishes her family could leave their no-name town in Colorado already—everybody else does sooner rather than later, including every best friend Jade’s ever had. So she makes one up. In the pages of her notebook, she writes all about Zoe—the most amazing best friend anyone could dream of.

But when pretend Zoe appears in real life thanks to a magical experiment gone right, Jade isn’t so sure if she likes sharing her imaginary friend with the real world. To keep her best friend (and even make some new ones), Jade learns how to cope with jealousy, that friends should let friends be true to themselves, and that maybe the perfect best friend doesn’t exist after all.

Story Locale: Colorado

UNIQUE PREMISE: Jade experiences a power struggle between the made-up best friend in the pages of her notebook and this same best friend in real life.

TIMELESS, AGE-APPROPRIATE THEMES: Abby Cooper perfectly captures the hard truths, pain, insecurities, and joys that are innate to most middle-schoolers navigating friendlessness and friendships.

MEMORABLE CHARACTER: Jade is a bright, multi-dimensional character—a gifted, passionate writer at school and an in-denial daughter and sister at home, where her dad is battling cancer.

CELEBRATES WRITING AND CRITICAL THINKING: Showcases a special teacher-student relationship wherein the student is challenged to think more critically and push one’s self to practice, practice, practice.

AUTHENTIC DEPICTION OF CANCER: Details about a parent suffering with cancer are not overwrought and feel realistic and often humorous.

TALENTED AUTHOR AND SELF-PROMOTER: A former school librarian, Abby has published two well-received middle-grade novels. She’s done 30+ Skype school visits in 2018 alone, and also visits schools in person.

Previously a K-8 library media specialist, Abby Cooper is now a full time author of books for children. She has written two novels: Bubbles and Sticks and Stones.

Author Residence: Minneapolis, MN

Author Hometown: Minnesota

Marketing: Giveaways via Amazon, GoodReads

Strong social media presence featuring writing prompts

Send readers’ group guide in an e-blast to share with library and bookstore book clubs

Advertising based on reviews, targeted to school and library



Publicity: Pitch to family media like Homeschooling Today and Family Fun

Send to mommy bloggers

Target parents looking for bibliotherapy

Work with teacher bloggers and podcasts for Middle Grade roundups

Praise for Sticks and Stones

“A quirky, clever, and lighthearted look at what it means to accept oneself.” --School Library Journal

Praise for Bubbles

“A funny and sensitive novel, bound to find eager middle grade readers.” --School Library Journal

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