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Bad Best Friend



by
Rachel Vail

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Viking
ISBN
9780451479457
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment
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JLG Category

PG Middle Plus

Niki Ames can’t wait to start eighth grade, that all-important year before high school. She and her best friend Ava have shared so many plans for the coming year. But then the unthinkable happens: at gym class pair-up, Ava chooses someone else to be her partner. Niki is devastated. It’s clear that Ava wants to be part of the popular group, leaving Niki behind. Niki has to decide who her real friends should be, where her real interests lie. Meanwhile, life at home is complicated. Niki’s nine-year-old brother Danny continues to act out more and more publicly. Their mother refuses to admit that Danny is somewhere on the autism spectrum, but it’s clear he needs help. Niki doesn’t want to be like her brother, to be labeled as different. She just wants to be popular! Is she a bad sister and a bad best friend?

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4: points 9

Lexile

580L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2020

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Best friends. Friendship. Autism. Middle schools. Family life. Conduct of life. Coming of age. Consent.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Eighth grader Niki Ames is trying to navigate the complexities of middle school friendship and feelings. Early on, she discovers her best friend, Ava, might not be her best friend after all. This sad realization prompts Niki to second-guess herself and her behaviors as she weighs each of her words and actions against how Ava may perceive her. She deals with the push-and-pull of texting; she regrets there isn’t a delete for sending a message. She worries she’ll tell people too much about her family, especially about her younger brother, who is on the autism spectrum. She has a loving and supportive family, but her brother’s behavior can be challenging for both her and her parents. There is a plethora of middle school concerns that will prompt thought and discussion, including a first, and unwanted, kiss; maintaining and acquiring friendships; being and feeling left out; supporting siblings; and more. All are handled with Vail’s deft hand and balanced with keen insight and a splash of humor. The story unfolds in Niki’s authentic voice. The conflicts, though numerous, do not make this a “problem” novel but rather an insightful look at the dramas surrounding students in middle school. Readers will see good and bad elements of the many characters, just like real life, and will be curious to understand their behaviors. This page-turning, solid friendship story will be savored by middle grade students. A welcome addition to library collections.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Eighth grader Niki Ames is trying to navigate the complexities of middle school friendship and feelings. Early on, she discovers her best friend, Ava, might not be her best friend after all. This sad realization prompts Niki to second-guess herself and her behaviors as she weighs each of her words and actions against how Ava may perceive her. She deals with the push-and-pull of texting; she regrets there isn’t a delete for sending a message. She worries she’ll tell people too much about her family, especially about her younger brother, who is on the autism spectrum. She has a loving and supportive family, but her brother’s behavior can be challenging for both her and her parents. There is a plethora of middle school concerns that will prompt thought and discussion, including a first, and unwanted, kiss; maintaining and acquiring friendships; being and feeling left out; supporting siblings; and more. All are handled with Vail’s deft hand and balanced with keen insight and a splash of humor. The story unfolds in Niki’s authentic voice. The conflicts, though numerous, do not make this a “problem” novel but rather an insightful look at the dramas surrounding students in middle school. Readers will see good and bad elements of the many characters, just like real life, and will be curious to understand their behaviors. This page-turning, solid friendship story will be savored by middle grade students. A welcome addition to library collections.

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