Real Friends

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Written by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Publisher’s Summary:
Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

Primary Source Pairing:
Graphic novels provide page after page of visual literacy experiences. Students of all reading levels and with a variety of interests enjoy reading graphic novels and benefit from the added visualization during the reading experience. For this primary source pairing, combine the visual component of the graphic novel with an animated book trailer for the book created by the publisher. Invite students to discuss how the book trailer persuades the reader to pick up the book and read it. As an extension activity, work with students to create book trailers or book advertisements for their favorite books and play and post in the school library space.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see and hear.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What other details do you notice?
  • Who are the people who appear in it?
  • What tools and materials were used to create it?
  • Who do you think was the intended audience?
  • What feelings or ideas do you think its creators wanted to communicate?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham book trailer on YouTube: