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Best friends. #2 / Shannon Hale ; artwork by LeUyen Pham ; color by Hilary Sycamore.

Hale, Shannon, (author.). Pham, LeUyen, (artist.). Sycamore, Hilary, (colorist.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library J G 921 HAL (Text) 33500013122015 New Checked out 06/02/2020
Detroit Lakes Public Library J G 921 HAL (Text) 33500013122007 New Available -
Roseau Public Library j 921 HAL (Text) 35500006215642 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250317452
  • ISBN: 1250317452
  • ISBN: 9781250317469
  • ISBN: 1250317460
  • Physical Description: 239 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : First Second, 2019

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"When she becomes part of the in-crowd, Shannon begins to question whether she wants to remain there, in a story about popularity, first boyfriends, and finding a path in life."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #2
    *Starred Review* Following right on the heels of her graphic memoir Real Friends (2017), Hale continues the story of her struggles to find friends in elementary school. Now in sixth grade and finally at the top of the social heap, Shannon starts out the year fully ensconced in the in-crowd. Queen Bee Jen is her locker mate; the girl who spread lies about her the year before is leaving her alone; and she finally feels like she has a group of real friends. At least, at first. Before long, Shannon starts noticing that the games and activities she likes most—writing, playing make-believe—aren't as fun for her friends, who are starting to go with boys and only talk about TV shows and pop music, none of which she can keep up with. Meanwhile, Shannon's issues with anxiety, which began appearing in Real Friends, become even harder to ignore, and Pham's depiction of her intrusive thoughts—a black, fuzzy cloud with jittery, scratchy white writing, in sharp contrast to her warm, full-color figures elsewhere—really drives home how jarring those thoughts can be. In addition to thoughtfully depicting the rocky, ephemeral nature of childhood friendships, Hale doesn't shy away from her own childhood complicity in bullying and the ways her desires to fit in made her doubt her judgment about herself and others. This uncommonly honest portrayal of the lures and pitfalls of popularity will likely ring true to many elementary and middle-school readers. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Shannon Hale is the bestselling author of many books, including Real Friends, the Ever After High series, and Princess Academy. With her husband Dean Hale she co-wrote Rapunzel'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 Pham is the bestselling illustrator of Real Friends and The Princess in Black series. She wrote and illustrated Big Sister, Little Sister and The Bear Who Wasn’t There. She has illustrated many other picture books, including The Boy Who Loved Math. She lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband and her two adorable sons.

Subject: Preteen girls > Comic books, strips, etc.
Best friends > Comic books, strips, etc.
Female friendship > Comic books, strips, etc.
Popularity > Comic books, strips, etc.
Middle schools > Comic books, strips, etc.
Middle school students > Comic books, strips, etc.
Social acceptance in children > Comic books, strips, etc.
Best friends > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Popularity > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Graphic novels.
JUVENILE NONFICTION > Comics & Graphic Novels > Social Topics.
JUVENILE NONFICTION > Social Topics > Friendship.
Genre: Graphic novels.
Coming-of-age comics.

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