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Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this middle grade graphic novel series about friendship. Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends since they were little, but the ups and downs of middle school life threaten to change that. First crushes, popularity contests, staying true to yourself, these two learn just how hard it is to stay real friends—and why it’s worth the journey—in this “fresh and funny” (New York Times Book Review) trilogy for young readers: Real Friends, Best Friends, and Friends 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?
★ “This tender, perceptive graphic memoir is bound to resonate with most readers, especially fans of Raina Telgemeier and kids struggling with the often turbulent waters of friendships and cliques.” —School Library Journal, starred review
★ Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ Booklist, starred review
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?
★ “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
★ Booklist, starred review
★ School Library Journal, starred review
Shannon is in eighth grade, and life is more complicated than ever. Everything keeps changing, her classmates are starting to date each other (but nobody wants to date her!), and no matter how hard she tries, Shannon can never seem to just be happy.
As she works through her insecurities and undiagnosed depression, she worries about disappointing all the people who care about her. Is something wrong with her? Can she be the person everyone expects her to be? And who does she actually want to be?
With their signature humor, warmth, and insight, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham have crafted another incredible love letter to their younger selves and to readers everywhere, a reminder to us all that we are enough.
★ “With the combination of Hale’s lucid writing and Pham’s masterful portrayal of body and language and facial expression, this books homes in squarely and affirmingly on teen angst and worries.” —Booklist, starred review