Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Ah, the pain and drama experienced by young girls growing up! The Tween years mark a time of leaving the structure and familiarity of family life and routines. It's a time when a girl is trying to fit in and to simultaneously discover her identity. Life for these young women can become a minefield loaded with unexpected angst. Girls often find themselves thrust into a world of cliques, bullying, and vicious exclusionary tactics. Shannon Hale's memoir recounts her pain-filled struggle to find her place in the bizarre world of preadolescence.
As a young child living in a large family, Shannon is often considered the timid one. Her neighbor Adrienne remains her best friend. When she enters school, the friendship dynamic began to shift. In the classroom and on the playground, new alliances are formed, leaving Shannon feeling confused and often excluded. A nucleus of her schoolmates becomes known as "the group". Shannon's joy in imaginative play and self-expression is at odds with the decision-makers of "the group."
Let's Be Friends
Below is a book display featuring some of these middle school protagonists.
I used a paper doll template, available with a variety of hair and skin tones. It can be downloaded free from Kiki & Company. With a wee bit of paper scraps and markers I created an arrangement featuring some of these young heroines.
Get ready for an onslaught of book requests and obtain multiple copies of each title. This Middle Grade Girl Up display will send these graphic novels to flying off the shelves and into the hearts of young readers everywhere.
Two young friends spent several hours creating braided thread friendship bracelets. After braiding string got boring, it was time to move on to Sunburst wrappers. These adornments were a bit more time-consuming, but the girls decided that they were worth the effort. The bonus is, of course...candy! Try this tutorial to create one bracelet to share and one to keep.
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