Best Friends

Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Lively graphic-novel memoir about finding the right friends.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 9+

Finding our feet is never easy

As a primary school teacher-librarian, and someone who grew up during this time, I heartily endorse this book for Years 4+. Hale's autobiographical graphic novel illustrates the many complications in growing up both then and now. Shannon is always trying to find a way to manage peer expectations, parental expectations, societal expectations, and her own growing sense of identity. Hale never indulges in any exaggerated dramas of early adolesence. Rather, these books immerse us in day-to-day situations which weigh so heavily on young people, and reminds older readers of how intense this period is for young people. In sharing these stories of juggling friendship, worrying about world events, and coming to an understanding of who we are, Hale validates and normalises these dramas for young readers while, also, providing some subtle advice.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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For kids who love graphic novels and friendship stories

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