Following little Shannon's life from kindergarten through fifth grade, Real Friends captures the emotional roller coaster ride of friendship, from navigating the tricky waters of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in 'The Group.' Shannon's honest and heartfelt story reminds us of how hard it was to learn what real friends are - and why finding them is worth the journey.
Bestselling author Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham's middle grade graphic novel about the happiness and heartache of making first friends.
"A wistful, affecting, and utterly charming exploration of the realities of childhood friendship." --Booklist, starred review"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"A wonderfully observed portrait of finding one's place in your world." --Publishers Weekly, starred review"Readers will appreciate Shannon's fantastic imagination that lightens her tough journey toward courage and self-acceptance." --Kirkus Reviews"Hand this book to fans of Raina Telgemeier's and Cece Bell's graphic memoirs." --Horn Book"Real Friends is honest and heartfelt, and sure to be loved by anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. The artwork is stunning, too!" --Victoria Jamieson, New York Times-bestselling and Newbery Honor author of Roller Girl"Fresh, fun, and achingly real. Bravo!" --Jennifer L. Holm, New York Times-bestselling and Newbery Honor author and co-creator of Sunny Side Up and the Babymouse series"Real Friends made me laugh, broke my heart, and gave me hope. This book is SO GOOD. SO MANY FEELS." --Gene Luen Yang, New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award Finalist author of American Born Chinese
Shannon Hale is the bestselling author of many books for children, including the Ever After High series, Princess Academy (Newbery Honor book), and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl middle grade novel. She co-wrote the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack and the chapter book series The Princess in Black with her husband Dean Hale. They live with their four children near Salt Lake City, Utah.LeUyen Pham is the bestselling illustrator of The Princess in Black series with Shannon and Dean Hale. She wrote and illustrated Big Sister, Little Sister and The Bear Who Wasn't There and is the illustrator of 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.