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Can anyone rec some MG books with well written kid friendships? The book doesn't have to center around friendship, and it doesn't have to be dual POV (it's fine if one friend is the MC and the other is a supporting character.)
Any genre will help. And any MG age (chapter book to upper MG) is fine!
Thanks!! :)
#1 - January 04, 2014, 04:07 PM

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The Penderwicks. There are four sisters (who are actually good sibling friends), plus a boy named Jeffrey who they all love. (As a friend, I mean.)
#2 - January 04, 2014, 04:44 PM

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
#3 - January 04, 2014, 09:49 PM

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At the risk of self promoting, my new book, Seven Stories Up, (due out in a few weeks) is very much about friendship.  It's a time travel book in which a girl makes BFFs with her own grandmother, and it has a dramatic effect.

And my third book, Penny Dreadful, is also. About a lonely girl whose life is lived in books. But then she learns to make real friends...

#4 - January 05, 2014, 01:16 AM

These have the friendship element, though it isn't the central theme:

Walk Two Moons ~ Sharon Creech

Heartbeat ~ Sharon Creech
My Louisiana Sky ~ Kimberly Willis Holt

#5 - January 05, 2014, 02:26 AM
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My Clearest Me
Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble

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I think James and the Giant Peach might qualify. Because of Winn Dixie might too. It's all about how the dog helps the girl meet people. Well, not all about that.

Do you mean to ask for books with just kids who are friends? Many of the Judy Blume books would work for this. Amber Brown does too.
#6 - January 06, 2014, 09:02 AM
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Almost anything by Jacqueline Wilson - she is the UK version of Judy Blume, in many ways.
#7 - January 06, 2014, 11:58 AM

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart has a group of children who meet and grow closer together throughout the book. I thought the friendships were pretty well written, if I remember correctly, although they're not the focus of the book.
#8 - January 06, 2014, 09:05 PM

Ooh, these are great! Thanks everyone!! :)

(And ohmylorelei, your description of your new book makes me think of Tom's Midnight Garden. I can't wait to read it!)
#9 - January 07, 2014, 02:50 AM

Here are some of my favorites:

Okay For Now
The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman
Ivy and Bean (chapter book)
Eleven (and the other Winnie books by Lauren Myracle)
11 Birthdays, Finally, and 13 Gifts (and probably anything else by Wendy Mass)
Camo Girl
When You Reach Me
Millicent Min Girl Genius, Warp Speed (and all the others by Lisa Yee)
The Secret Language of Girls
#10 - January 07, 2014, 07:41 AM

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The Mother Daughter Book Club series has great friendship dynamics.
#11 - January 07, 2014, 07:56 AM
HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. (Sterling, September 2016)
HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. - SHADOW OF A PUG (Sterling, Fall 2017)

Try Liar & Spy - it has an interesting friendship at the very centre of the story, and is well written.
#12 - January 08, 2014, 02:18 AM

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The first book to come to mind is my childhood favorite, Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary.
#13 - January 08, 2014, 03:26 PM
Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) February, 2014


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