Friendship Fiction

The Blackbird Girls

Written by Anne Blankman One morning, neighbors Valentina and Oksana wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work–Chernobyl–has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who’ve always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina’s grandmother. In their …

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Goodbye, Mr. Spalding

Written by Jennifer Robin Barr Have you ever wanted something so bad, you would do anything to get it? Jimmy has. He lives in Philadelphia just across the street from Shibe Ballpark. From his roof, you can watch a baseball game of the Philadelphia A’s. His family supplements their income by charging for tickets to …

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Not If I Can Help It

Written by Carolyn Mackler While Sensory Processing Disorder gives Willa something to cause her to feel out of place and “weird,” she has managed to make a best friend who doesn’t know anything about Willa’s condition. Compartmentalizing and therapy help Willa appear “normal” and allow her to feel like she is more like other people. …

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Weird Little Robots

Written by Carolyn Crimi, Illustrated by Corinna Luyken In the backyard of the house where Penny Rose recently moved is an old shed, where she tinkers and builds little robots out of lost treasures and broken items she finds around town. What she hasn’t found around her new town are friends. She tells herself it’s …

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The Unspeakable Unknown

Written by Eliot Sappingfield This is hilarious, thrilling, mind-bending, and yet absolutely heartwarming at the same time. It is hard to find the right words to describe it. One moment I am laughing so hard and another I am thinking completely out of the box and getting everything that is mentioned. The imagination of the …

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The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins

Written by Gail Shepherd Lyndon Baines Hawkins, Lyndie, is an 11-year-old girl whose life is changing in ways that she doesn’t like. She and her parents are moving in with her grandparents, her mother is not well and her father is dealing with his service in the Vietnam War. Lyndie wants her old life back, …

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