June 2017: 7 books and scripts read
This month's pick for pre-teen readers is Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Inspired by Shannon's childhood, this full-color graphic novel chronicles her elementary school experiences with new friends, old friends, best friends, and fair-weather friends. At school, she struggles to find her place in a clique known as "The Group"; at home, as the third of five children, she feels invisible, overlooked and unheard. She often escapes into vivid daydreams and dreams of writing her own stories.