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May 6, 2017

Real Friends: A True Story About Cool Kids and Crybabies is a graphic novel memoir by Shannon Hale, with illustrations by LeUyen Pham. It's a brilliant story - in comic book format - about the struggles of navigating friendship in middle school.

I was elected to the 2019 Newbery Selection Committee!!! This means I will be reading like crazy during 2018 to help choose the most distinguished contribution to American children's literature written that year. I am so excited!!! A huge thank you to those who gave me your vote!

Happy Reading!

—Sondra Eklund

Imagine Heaven
by John Burke

The Jazz of Physics
by Stephon Alexander

Real Friends
Real Friends
by Shannon Hale
illustrated by LeUyen Pham

March, Book Twor
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

My Italian Bulldozer
by Alexander McCall Smith

The Queen of Blood
by Sarah Beth Durst

Thick as Thieves
by Megan Whalen Turner

Duels and Deception
by Cindy Anstey

We Forgot Brock!
by Carter Goodrich

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet
by Carmen Agra Deedy
illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

“To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field.”

—Frederic Melcher, in his agreement to establish the Newbery Medal, 1922