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Title: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: Lwrites on January 04, 2014, 04:07 PM
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!! :)
Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: olmue on January 04, 2014, 04:44 PM
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.)
Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: MysteryRobin on January 04, 2014, 09:49 PM
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: ohmylorelei on January 05, 2014, 01:16 AM
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...






Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: Claudine Gueh on January 05, 2014, 02:26 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



Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on January 06, 2014, 09:02 AM
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.
Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: Franzilla on January 06, 2014, 11:58 AM
Almost anything by Jacqueline Wilson - she is the UK version of Judy Blume, in many ways.


http://www.jacquelinewilson.us/index.php/category/books
Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: LisaL on January 06, 2014, 09:05 PM
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.
Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: Lwrites on January 07, 2014, 02:50 AM
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!)
Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on January 07, 2014, 07:41 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
Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: Casey Lyall on January 07, 2014, 07:56 AM
The Mother Daughter Book Club series has great friendship dynamics.
Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: RevellWriting on January 08, 2014, 02:18 AM
Try Liar & Spy - it has an interesting friendship at the very centre of the story, and is well written.
Title: Re: MG books with well written friendships
Post by: Jennifer D G on January 08, 2014, 03:26 PM
The first book to come to mind is my childhood favorite, Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary.