My Best Frenemy
(Friends for Keeps #3)
Dial Books, 2010
available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats
ages 7 to 10
Have you met Ida May? She likes mild cheddar cheese, has a sock monkey named George, and is not necessarily as brave on the outside as she is on the inside. But when courage fails her the most, she’s surprised when it’s not her best friend who comes to her rescue, but her frenemy!
Last best friends, new best friends, best frenemies, truth or dare—how will Ida May handle it all?
“Fourth-grader Ida May is precariously poised between wanting to be herself—an artist who follows the rules and loves her sock monkey—and wanting to be accepted by her more sophisticated peers who are into makeup and fashion. Then, a game of truth or dare causes her best friend to turn against her, and everything changes. It falls to frenemy Jenna to remind her that standing up for yourself is braver than going along with the crowd. Like Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams), My Best Frenemy emphasizes the conflict between wanting to do the right thing and wanting to earn popularity. Written in descriptive language (“Her words were covered in prickles”) that sets the scene and gives readers insight into Ida’s confusion and growth, the story is realistic and well told.” — School Library Journal
“… My Best Frenemy chronicles the confusing way “best” friends can shift in the course of a season, or week, or even a single day. Throughout, Ida is an appealing narrator who, like a maturing Junie B. Jones, skillfully sizes up a situation or person: “She's the prettiest girl in my class. . . . She's also tall. And kind of loud. It takes a lot of friends to soak her up.” — Booklist
“Friends for Keeps: My Best Frenemy by Julie Bowe tells of Ida May, who has the perfect best friend in Stacey—actually the only friend in Stacey. But when a game turns too serious, Ida must face the fact Stacey may not be the kind of friend she needs. A fine story evolves for advanced elementary-level readers.” — Midwest Book Review