My Last Best Friend

My Last Best Friend

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As Ida May begins fourth grade, she is determined never to make another best friend--because her last best friend moved away. This is a doable plan at first. Thanks to bratty, bossy Jenna Drews, who hates Ida, no one in class has ever really noticed her before. It's when the sparkly Stacey Merriweather comes to her school that Ida's plan goes awry. Ida reaches out despite her fear but doesn't say hello--instead she writes Stacey anonymous notes. Soon their friendship develops without Ida ever having to reveal her real identity . . . until she has no choice. And that's when the true friendship begins.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0152061975
  • 9780152061975
  • 290,564

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"A sweet read."--Discovery Girls magazine
"Entertaining . . . A good selection for reluctant readers as well as those adjusting to the pressures of growing up."--Kirkus Reviews
"Delightful."--School Library Journal
"Ida embodies the universal longing to connect with a kindred spirit."--Publishers Weekly
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About Julie Bowe

JULIE BOWE lives in Wisconsin. My Last Best Friend is her first novel for young readers.
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1,199 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 48% (574)
4 23% (272)
3 20% (242)
2 6% (68)
1 4% (43)

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Bowe knows the fourth grade. Julie Bowe's MY LAST BEST FRIEND rings true for anyone who's survived heartbreaking separation. After Ida's best friend moves away, she's sure she'll never have another friend like Elizabeth. Until the day the new girl, Stacey Merriweather, smiles at her. The thing I love most about this book is the way Ida thinks: "She's smiling at you with the kind of smile you don't see on a real person very often. The kind you see a little kid draw with a big fat crayon on a piece of white paper. The kind you have to force yourself not to smile back at. Trust me, you don't want to get too close to big-crayon smiles. That's because people with big-crayon smiles don't stick around very long. They move away just when you've gotten used to the way their hand feels sticky when you hold it, or the way they hiccup when they talk fast, or the way they whistle by sucking in instead of blowing out, or the way they can touch their nose with the tip of their tongue." For Ida, entering the fourth grade without Elizabeth is like diving into the deep end of the pool before she's sure she can swim well enough to get back to the edge. She's got no safety devices and feels like no one is rooting for her as she splashes around and tries not to go under. I don't know about everyone else, but that's exactly how elementary school felt to me sometimes. This is one of those books that comforts its readers with the knowledge that someone gets it. Someone like Julie Bowe. I can't wait to read the sequel, MY NEW BEST FRIEND!show more
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