Real Friends


In ‘Real Friends‘, Shannon Hale recalls the negotiations of her friendships through primary school. She works to be part of The Group, hold onto her ‘one best friend’, and understand her older sister’s moods.

Her recall is exceptional. There will be few readers who do not flinch in sympathetic memory at some of the instances Shannon Hale shares. These include being second best choice as a sleepover friend, saying the wrong thing, looking the wrong way, or behaving unacceptably and never understanding the error.

Real Friends‘ is an exceptional book that should be on every child’s bookshelf, discussed with family, and loaned in class. It is an ideal text for PSHE or philosophy. ‘Real Friends‘ is one of the few books about friendship that focuses on the issue honestly. ¬†Bookwagon recommends ‘Real Friends‘ to confident primary school readers aged from 9 or 10 years of age.

Shannon Hale discusses writing ‘Real Friends’


Real Friends

Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

(Roaring Brook Press)- graphic novel

Real Friends‘ resonates with empathic memory as the author recalls the seismic shifts, twists and turns of friendship during her primary school days. Bookwagon recommends this title highly to readers.


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