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Real Friends (Bound for Schools & Libraries)
Real Friends (Bound for Schools & Libraries) | Shannon Hale
Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends and why it's worth the journey.When best friends are not 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?"
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Johanna414
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A parent came in today to return these for his 6th grade daughter because they are “inappropriate” and “have no place in a school library” because they “promote bullying.” I think he maybe missed the message of both books... Parents are honestly the works part of working in education and I‘m going to have a stomach ache all day... #schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

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MandaMT
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From the author‘s note.

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MandaMT
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I remember feeling this way too.

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MandaMT
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My kid loves The Princess in Black series, so I figured I‘d check this out. This is a great graphic memoir from Shannon Hale with LeUyen Pham. I felt like I was reading about my own struggles with mean girls and social hierarchy. Very touching and honest.

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Ddzmini Welcome to Litsy happy reading 📖 😋 5mo
Emily92Bibliophile Thanks @AkashaVampie ans @Ddzmini ! Sorry I‘m just NOW responding - I‘m horrible in remembering to reply🤦‍♀️ 5mo
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Honestly, I wasn't really a fan of this one. Sure, I'm not the targeted audience... but this autobiographical GN's take on the importance of friendship and treating people the way you want to be treated just seemed to fall flat for me. Though poorly executed, I do appreciate the intended message. The best part of the book were the illustrations. 2.5🌟

Avanders So cute 😘 6mo
vkois88 @avanders 😘😘😘 6mo
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#SongsOfSummer Day 15: #SummerGirls and mean girls. Based on the author‘s actual experience as a middle child in her family and being in middle school, this graphic novel blindsided me with its fearless vulnerability, its youthful pain that cries out through the pages, and the struggle to find real friends amidst cliques, subtle bullying, and feelings of exclusion and otherness. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-k5Q

OriginalCyn620 ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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Megnogged
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Going to be starting this adorable looking #graphicnovel for my next #OWLsReadathon2019 right after dinner!

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MichelleBookAddict
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Got this at my niece‘s school‘s book fair. She likes Princess in Black. I accidentally said that this was a true story, so now my 8 year old niece (who looked at almost all the pages) calls it boring. 🙃 well it‘s still a keeper. I‘ll be reading this for Goodreads‘ Play Book Tag book club group. This month‘s tag is friendship and this will be perfect.

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atinant
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Loved this graphic novel by Shannon Hale. Realistically tackles friendship issues without sugar coating how difficult it can be to make friends. Some references to Christianity. Appropriate for Grades 4-6. #kidlit #middlegrade

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Johanna414
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This was a super quick read, but I really liked it! As always, I‘ve got a few students I think would respond to it...

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StellarDoc
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Thanks, @dgingo !

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Peaceful_Reader
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I wanted to read this over the summer - it was the only time I can get my hands on it. After reading Shannon‘s graphic memoir I can see why. It‘s filled with real life drama that many of us have felt at one time.

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UnidragonFrag
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This hit home in a lot of ways. My early school years were full of this bumbling, awkward in & out of friendships, never quite knowing where I stood, anxiety. I still am, to a point. Really cute art in this one!

#scholasticreads

Suet624 Same here. 2y
TracyReadsBooks Loved this book too. 2y
UnidragonFrag @Suet624 😔 anxiety sucks! @TracyReadsBooks 👍👍 2y
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Alicebooks
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My 2nd grader couldn‘t put this down, so of course I had to see what this was about - it‘s such a sweet, awesome book. I teared up at the end. Relational problems/bullying are issues very close to my heart. Yes, you deserve to have real friends, the kind who treat you well and get how amazing you are.

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ravenlee
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This should be required reading for...just about everyone. A great look at early friendships, especially the idea that a kid just needs "that one" friend. I saw a lot of myself in this book. It made me wish I could have been friends with young Shannon.

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UnidragonFrag
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These kid books are so brightly colored. I haven't read any of these yet (in fact, I need to read Sunny Side Up before it's sequel) but they all feature female main characters!

#femalelead #readingresolutions @Jess7
#colors #booksandshelfiesM18 @Amabear

Titania My daughter adored all of these! 2y
UnidragonFrag @Titania good to hear! I'm looking forward to reading them! 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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Sweet memoir of Hale‘s elementary years and the struggle to make and keep friends.

Great start to #letsgetgraphicweeklongmarathon 🙌

TricksyTails How adorable! 2y
Clwojick I love Shannon Hale! 2y
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Readingismyescape
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Shannon Hale did a great job of capturing the way it feels to be a kid and dealing with friendships and bullying. When I was reading this book, I was reminded of the feelings kids go through as friendships change, especially during the middle school years. Highly recommended.

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AileenRR
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So true to life that it was a little painful to read

alanacristin I took a photo of this page too! It's so accurate 💔 2y
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alanacristin
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Ugh, this book 💔 i loved it! But it's so relatably devastating at times 😭 this is one of the more joyful moments (that also reminds me of my childhood 😂). All about the complexities of female friendships in grade school (what the heck is up with 3rd grade) I'll definitely recommend it to students. #mommyreads #graphicnovels #memoir (ish) #middlegrade

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TracyReadsBooks
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Wow, so many thoughts & feelings after reading this MG about growing up & friendship. It‘s the true story, as she remembers it, of Shannon Hale‘s years in elementary school. With red hair, hand-me-down clothes & a flair for imaginative storytelling, Shannon wasn‘t wildly popular. She did have one good friend—Adrienne. When Adrienne is pulled into “The Group” Shannon must navigate a more complicated world. Wonderful book on ups/downs of childhood.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Evening read (while listening to my daughter read Six of Crows to her brother in the background—so fabulous!).

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MaureenMc
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Insightful, funny, bittersweet, and too real (at times) graphic memoir of Hale's elementary school days. Great commentary on girl friendships and learning to be authentic to yourself. And I just adore everything LeUyen Pham illustrates.

EvieBee I adored this one, but you‘re so right. It was very real. 2y
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PatienceFortitude
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I'm reading this as a grownup, but wow, does it resonate with my tween girl self, and the upheaval of friends and frenemies. A must read for girls age 10 and up! Also, I really like the graphic novel memoir format!

Tamra As the mother of black/brown kids, I'm annoyed by the cover pic. Is there any diversity inside the story? My son is 10 and likes graphic novels. 2y
PatienceFortitude @Tamra there really isn't much in the way of diverse characters, beyond one or two faces of color. It's a memoir of the author's own childhood in suburbia in the late 70's.... but yes, kinda pale 2y
Tamra @PatienceFortitude that explains it! 2y
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readinginthedark
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This is so good. Real Friends is Hale's memoir in graphic novel form, and it's perfect for upper elementary kids through adults. She gives such a good representation of how children imitate and create their own societies in school, including the politics, the tough decisions, and the sacrifices. She also talks about perspective and how she never knew what was happening with her older sister. Really heartfelt and honest. Win!

MaureenMc I'm planning on reading this during the Readathon! It looks delightful. 2y
readinginthedark @MaureenMc It's a good one! Not all happy, but definitely worth the read! 2y
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Gillyreads
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Too cute

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halfdesertedstreets
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"Please love us!!"
"No way, we're too busy to be lovey."

This is a gem through and through. Thank you times a million, @ohthathayley. ❤️

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Jen_Reads
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Being the Children's Lead at work always makes me want to read the kids graphic novels. I picked this one up tonight.

Also, my cat is being a little weirdo tonight. 🐱

#childrensbooks #graphicnovels #realfriends

hermyknee I'd be interested in this book for my ESL classroom. Please tag me when you write your review if you remember! 2y
GondorGirl 😻❤😻 2y
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Chelsibno
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I loved this #graphicnovel! Friendship is tough when you're young, but it gets even harder when cliques form and bullying occurs. In her #graphicmemoir, Shannon Hale describes her own memories of grade school friendships. I enjoyed how Real Friends approached tough issues that any kid can relate to. A great book for middle grade readers!

MrBook Nice review! 👍🏻 2y
Chelsibno @MrBook Thanks! 2y
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EvieBee
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I had no idea that this was a memoir until I got to the end! Friendships are so hard, especially in elementary school. Shannon talks about her relationship with "the group" and different forms of bullying. Highly recommend! ?????

#20BooksOfSummer
18/20
#graphicnovel

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erista
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Great graphic novel about friendships and fitting in. Loved Shannon's imagination and the games she invented for her friends.

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Onlaughterandliteracy
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I loved this book for the honesty it brings up about girl friendships in elementary school (blech, right?). But for some reason, the pacing or the organization of the story just didn't do it for me. #24in48

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gracegso
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i like it!

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Onlaughterandliteracy
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My #24in48 TBR stack. Not pictured is my audiobook When Dimple Met Rishi and short stories What People Say When They Talk About Anne Frank. You'll notice a mostly middle grade and YA theme. That's what happens when you teach middle school 👩🏼‍🏫 #teachersoflitsy Also, thanks to @Sydsavvy and @Bookzombie 📚📚

Readerann The March books are great for the Readathon! 2y
Sydsavvy So fun, yay!!! I have signed up but it's an awful weekend for me to do it so I have low expectations and I'm not going to worry much about it. If I do, I do. Good luck and enjoy! March will be great breaks from print and audio. 2y
Bookzombie Yay! I think Written In The Stars was a pretty quick read. 🙂 2y
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tpixie I just saw on the #24And48 Website That You Won A Drawing Or Prize!Congratulations !🎉 2y
Onlaughterandliteracy @tpixie oh yay!! What a fun thing to wake up to! 2y
tpixie @Onlaughterandliteracy yippee!!👏🏻🎉👏🏻 2y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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5⭐ we all have gone through some sorts of insecurities through grade school- maybe it's making friends, or the color of your hair, or etc. Its such a wonderful memoir, and very relatable. Will be buying myself a copy and recommending it to anyone and everyone I can.

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Felso
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Enjoying the hot summer heat by staying in the a/c and reading! (104* yesterday)

Rebonkula I loved this! 2y
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BookishSandra
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So happy I read this! Shannon Hale reflects on her childhood. Such a great, relatable story about making friends in elementary school (K-6). Also touches on family dynamics, anxiety, and includes wonderfully imaginative stories and games she would create. Definitely recommend for fans of Raina Telegemeier.

#graphicnovel #comics #middlegrade #librarybook #shannonhale #realfriends #highlyrecommend

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orangerful
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Another fantastic realistic graphic novel for elementary age girls about friendship and growing up. If you liked 'Smile', 'Sunny Side Up', 'Roller Girl' and 'El Deafo' then you need to read this. So many feels.

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TirzahPrice
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So real it hurts.

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alibrarianslibrary
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Thank you Shannon Hale for writing a book about an experience that so many children go through--the troubles of friend groups in elementary school. This story is so real to me. Shannon's experience with friends is so similar to my own. I wish this book was around when I was going through that. This would have really helped me to understand that it was okay to be me. This is for any elementary school kid. ❤

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onesmartcupcake
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Total middle grade memoir perfection. As always I adore LeUyen Pham's art. Shannon Hale has tapped into her own history to share a story that is both very personal and incredibly universal.

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saresmoore
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Everyone reads in her own way, right?

@vivastory Bryan is reading Last Days of Video because that cover was just too cool to pass up! Judging from his facial expression, I'd say he's being affected by the emotional instability of the characters.

Louise Love it! 2y
vivastory Hahaha I love how he's totally unfazed by his daughter's gymnastic reading. The book is that good! 2y
saresmoore @vivastory Truth! Although, he is unfazed by almost everything. We balance each other out that way. 2y
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vivastory @saresmoore I think if I had children I'd be a nervous wreck 2y
Notafraidofwords Love this pic!!! Reading family. 2y
saresmoore @vivastory "Nervous wreck" may be the most accurate description of me as a parent that there ever did was. And I've mellowed a lot in the last nine years. Heh. 2y
saresmoore @Notafraidofwords It brings me SO MUCH JOY that they all like to read. Hope for the future right there! 2y
andrew61 Great photo Sara 2y
saresmoore @andrew61 One to treasure, hey? They grow so inexplicably fast! 2y
Reviewsbylola 😂😂 2y
saresmoore @Reviewsbylola I'm pretty sure she's pioneering a new kind of yoga. 2y
LauraBeth 😍😍😍 Great pic! 2y
CouronneDhiver That's my usual pose too. 👍🏽 2y
saresmoore @CouronneDhiver Ahaha! I imagine it's good for the ab muscles! 2y
SheReadsAndWrites OMG. The cute is too much 🙃 2y
batsy Now that's an agile reader 😂 Love this pic! 2y
Suet624 That's quite the intense look Bryan has!! 2y
LauraBrook I love your lil family. 💖💖💖 2y
kylienoele I love this picture!! 💖 2y
LeahBergen Haha!!! Love it! 2y
Jinjer I love this picture!!! That little yoga reader!!! And can I say that your husband is a hottie?😳😳😳 2y
saresmoore @Jinjer Hahaha! I think so, too. 😊 2y
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Denisereads75
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A bittersweet and honest portrayal of the fragile friendships in elementary school. My kids are struggling with this now and reading it made us all feel melancholy. The struggle is real!

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Bookgoil
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Such a cute and awesome story! Loving a lot of the new graphic novels coming out for kids. 😊

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quietjenn
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Lunch reading. Man, am I glad I don't have to deal with interpersonal, elementary school drama these days.

Melissa_J Is that a graphic novel? 3y
saresmoore Amen to that. Let's not even talk about middle school! 3y
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Betty @saresmoore shuddering about middle school cliques. 3y
quietjenn @saresmoore @betty Agreed - best left alone! 3y
christineandbooks Ugh... I can't even stand to go back to this in books... 3y
AlaMich I got news for you...all that cliquey drama rears its ugly head again when you're in your 80s. 👵🏻 As observed in the dining room at my grandmother's senior community. 🙄 3y
quietjenn @AlaMich oh, I can believe it. I've had jobs where grownup people behaved way to much like like middle schoolers. 3y
EvieBee That makes two us. Felt like I was reliving it all. Lol! 2y
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Peddler410
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My eight year old daughter started this one, didn't like the older sister and decided not to finish. After I read it, we talked about what she read. She recognized the changing friendships but was really upset about how Wendy treated Shannon.
I hope she will be open to reading this before the end of summer. What she doesn't understand just yet is that a girl among her friends is Jenny.

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Peddler410
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My daughter, 8, picked this up at the bookstore and talked me into getting it for her -- she didn't have to try hard! 😊

saresmoore I love Shannon Hale! Her novelization of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl had my 8yo LOLing! 3y
Peddler410 @saresmoore I started reading that then lost it and then had to return it to the library! I plan to get back to it soon! 3y
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RowReads1
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A cute middle grade graphic novel about the authors early friendships, cliques, popularity, being a middle child and all that fun stuff.

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