[Reading] ➸ Real Friends Author Shannon Hale – E-inbusiness.co.uk

Real Friends Although I do have to admit that I probably would have enjoyed Shannon Hale s autobiographical middle grade Real Friends considerably in a non graphic novel format mostly because I do think that LeUyen Pham s accompanying artwork, whilst bright and descriptive, were and are just a bit too cartoony for my own aesthetic tastes and perhaps also my present mood , I have indeed found Real Friends both engaging and evocative and also very much and in a painful manner reminiscent of my own childhood and how difficult and fraught with emotional turmoil making and keeping friends could be, and that school with its cliques often was anything but enjoyable, often at best somewhat problematic, with bullying especially being a constant spectre And while therefore I actually have found much of Real Friends than a bit too close for comfort and thus a reading experience that I have personally found not all that pleasant in and of itself, I still very much appreciate Shannon Hale s candour and that she has basically opened up her soul and her memories to write a personal account of her childhood and the issues she had to face both at school and at home something that likely must have been difficult, but might also have felt liberating Now I do have to admit that part of me d Friendship in younger years can be especially hard because our worlds are small If you haven t found your group yet, hang in there Your world will keep growing larger and wider You deserve to have real friends, the kind who treat you well and get how amazing you are I didn t realize this was a memoir about Hale s elementary school years That made it all the awesome I hate cliques, so I could relate to Shannon s loneliness when her best friend joins the group I sometimes wish I could go back in time to grade school as the person I am now, and just not care so much about what people thought But like Hale quoted above, that s just the way we understand things when we are young Sometimes we have to remind ourselves as adults that we deserve f 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 JourneyWhen Best Friends Are Not ForeverShannon 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 , And Some Girls Would Do Anything To Stay On Top Even If It Means Bullying OthersNow 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 I ve had my eye on this graphic novel memoir set in the 80s for awhile now, so I was beyond keen on getting my reading on I sped through this thrilling ride in one big whirlwind 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 This book, to be honest, made me feel utterly frightened for my nine year old sister Like, what kind of fresh hell is going on in the American education system where the amount of bullying Shannon went through in the fourth grade was completely overlooked to the point of oblivion.This is frightening The amount of pain and suffering school can bring to a child made me that feel sure about my decision to homeschool I got this graphic memoir from the library for my 5th grader I can t believe I have a 5th grader She has the kindest heart, she is much smarter, funnier, and athletic than I ever recall being ever but guess what I still hear reports about girls calling her weird, about girls forming groups, about the timeless, treacherous terrain of elementary school friendship Children today are educated about bullying and my girl puts up with nothing, but at the end of the day, we all just want to feel loved and valued I love this book for putting it all out there and presenting a relatable tale that explores the ups and downs of making friends for this age group The illustrations were fantastic and offset what was overall a pretty sad but realistic story The Author s Note adds some clarity and depth, while driving home the core message that everyone deserves kind friends who appreciate them.Tomorrow my oldest friend is coming down with her teen girls We have been best friends since junior high Accurate to the point of heartbreaking, this is a very honest look at the complexities of friendship and family dynamics Some of this felt like it was copied from my Cabbage Kid Diary, some of it made me grateful that it never happened to me Such an important read for kids and parents Thi 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 i really liked the plot illustrations in this book i think it moved at a nice pace and it was a fun, easy read. The autobiography assignment I don t pretend to know precisely why teachers give it out or what they hope child readers will get out of it About ten years ago, when I was a children s librarian in New York City, it was to be feared A small child would walk into my room, belly up to the reader s advisory desk, and ask for an autobiography You mean a biography No of course not, silly librarian An AUTObiography, see And there, clear as crystal, was the printed assignment So like any good librarian I d take the child to the biography autobiography section and we d start to hunt and peck As it happens, middle grade authors of books for kids really like writing autobiographies So depending on the age of the child I d load them down with Knots in My Yo Yo String by Jerry Spinelli or Marshfield Dreams by Ralph Fletcher or maybe one of the Beverly Cleary ones like A Girl From Yamhill Not like there was a lot to pick and choose from Then, like magic, something changed overnight Authors started writing autobiographies and, glory be, they were done in a graphic novel format Smile and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, Sunny Side Up by Jenni Holm, El Deafo by Cece Ball, and The Dumbest Idea Ever by Perfect for a 10 year old, Real Friends looks at the complex relationships among elementary school girls It teaches readers that good friends don t treat you badly.It also delves into the thorny issues of sibling abuse and rivalry, bullying and crushes.I liked Real Friends not only for

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