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  My Last Best Friend
(Friends for Keeps #1)
Harcourt Books, 2007
available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats
ages 7 to 10
  Publisher's Summary
  As Ida May begins fourth grade, she is determined never to make another best friend—because her last best friend moved away. This is doable. Thanks to bratty, bossy Jenna Drews, who hates Ida, no one in class has ever really noticed her before.
  When the sparkly Stacey Merriweather comes to school, Ida's plan goes awry. Not quite brave enough to say hello, Ida writes Stacey anonymous notes. 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.
Bank Street College Best Books of the Year
Barnes & Noble 2010 Summer Reading Program book
Great Stone Face Book Award finalist
Kirkus Reviews ’07 Promising Debuts
from Important New Voices
Paterson Prize for Books
for Young People 2008
Scholastic Book Club selection
“A strong debut, just right for the age group." — Booklist
“Entertaining … A good selection for reluctant readers as well as those adjusting to the pressures of growing up." — Kirkus Reviews
“Ida embodies the universal longing to connect with a kindred spirit." — Publishers Weekly
My New Best Friend
Teaching Guide
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