The following resources will provide some background with which to build discussions and activities.
Addie's Forever Friend
- Addie and her friend Eleanor are going
up in Iowa in the 1880s. During that same time Herbert Hoover, our
future President, was also growing up. His recollection of those days
were written in 1927 and can be read on the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum Site.
- Many people immigranted to Iowa from other countries. Stories of
immigrants from years past are included in a series published by the
Des Moines (Iowa) Register. If you read "Iowa Roots"
you will read stories of immigrants from the 1880s and into the 1900s.
Compare the experiences of early settlers to those of more recent
Addie's Forever Friends is a prequel to the other Addie
tales. In this story Addie and her best friend Eleanor are inseparable.
Addie saves her friend in a flash flood and Eleanor teachers Addie to
swim. Read these books about friends and then make a list of attributes
that friends have for one another -- whether the friendship is in 1880
or in present day. What makes a person a friend?
Avi. The Blue Heron
Maggie wants to know why Tucker, a boy she befriends, wants to kill the beautiful blue heron.
Brooks, Bruce. The Moves Make the Man
Jayfox and Bix strike up a friendship on and off the courts.
Byars, Betsy. The Pinballs
Bounced around from one foster home to another, Harvey, Thomas J., and Carlie
are like pinballs. Can pinballs - or abused kids - ever control the game?
Caeddert, Louann. Friends & Enemies
William's friend Jim and his Mennonite family refuse to support US involvement
in WWII. Can pacifism be patriotic?
Carmi, Danielle. Samir & Yonatan
Awaiting surgery in an Israeli hospital, Palestinian Samir finds himself making
friend with another patient, Israeli Yonatan.
Cooney, Caroline. Among Friends
The "Awesome Threesome" becomes Jennie and the Jealous Twosome.
Danziger, Paula & Ann Martin.
P.S. Longer Letter Later
Snail Mail No More
Tara*Starr & Elizabeth maintain their friendship through letters, then e-mail.
DiCamillo. Because of Winn-Dixie
India Opal Boloni, the new girl in town, makes friends thanks to her recently
adopted stray dog, Winn-Dixie.
Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy
Harriet learns important, but difficult lessons about relationships, when her
friends find her journals, where she records her honest - often painfully honest
- observations about them.
Fogelin, Adrien. Crossing Jordan
Cass and Jemmie develop and maintain a strong friendship in spite of their parents
Ann. A Bridge to Courage
Luke must pay the price for failing the Truelander gang's test of courage.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lilly's Crossing
Lily is fascinated by her new neighbor, albert, a refugee from Hungary.
Holt, Kimberly Willis. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Toby and Cal befriend Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, abandoned
in a small Texas town by the owner of a traveling freak show.
Konigsburg, E.L. The View from Saturday
Mrs. Olinski didn't choose the five sixth grade students in the Academic Bowl
team; they were drawn together, like a magnet. And no one could have guessed
what a perfect team - and what a perfect group of friends - they would become.
Lynch, Chris. The He-Man Women Haters Club
Babes in the Woods.
Scratch & the Sniffs.
He-men - Steven, Jerome, Ling Ling, and Wolfie - have got to stick together.
Marsden, John. Letter from the Inside
Mandy and Tracey are pen pal friendship changes their lives in unexpected ways.
Nelson, Theresa. Earthshine
Slim joins a support group for kids with HIV-positive relatives, and finds friends
who understand what she's going through.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi
Liyana is a Palestinian girl; Omer is an Israeli boy. They could never be friends,
Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terebithia
Leslie, the new girl, changes Jess' life. When he loses her, can he remember
and learn from everything that she had taught him?
Perkins, Lynna Rae. All Alone in the Universe
How could Maureen abandon Debbie for boring Glenna?
Freak the Mighty / The Mighty
Max the Mighty
Separately, they're just "Mad Max" and "the Freak", but together, they're "Freak
the Mighty". Then Max helps Worm, a little girl in desperate need of a friend.
Rochman, Hazel, editor. Who Do You Think You Are? Stories of Friends and
Smith, Doris Buchanen. A Taste of Blackberries. [FIC Smi]
Remembering some of his favorite things is a good way to come to terms with
the death of your best friend.
Spinelli, Jerry. Crash
John Coogan got his nickname "Crash" from crashing into things - by accident
and on purpose. Little Penn Webb is one of his favorite targets.
Sweeney, Joyce. Free Fall
Two brother and their best friends go spelunking, and get lost. Uh-oh.
Taylor, Mildred. The Friendship
Why does Tom Bee, a Black man, insist on calling the town's white store owner
by his first name?
Taylor, Theodore. The Cay
Timothy tries to teach Philip everything he needs to know to survive, when his
ship crashed and leaves him stranded on a uncharted island.
Vail, Rachel. The Friendship Ring
If You Only Knew.
Please, Please, Please.
Not That I Care.
Fill in the Blank.
Seventh-graders, Zoe, Morgan, CJ, Olivia, and Tommy are trying to manage their
complicated and ever-changing friendships.
Bad, Badder, Baddest
It's Not Easy Being Bad.
Mikey and Margalo and bad girls, who cause all kinds of mischief in fifth, sixth
and seventh grades.
Wilson, Jacqueline. Bad Girls
Good girl Mandy is fascinated when bad girl Tanya moves in next door.
Winick, Judd. Pedro & Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned
Jeff's life was changed when he joined the cast of MTV's The Real World - not
by the show itself, but by a friend that he made on the show: Pedro Zamora,
the HIV positive AIDS educator.
Woodson, Jacqueline. I Hadn't Meant To Tell You This
What should Marie do when Lena, a poor white girl at school, entrusts her with
a terrible secret and makes her promise not to tell?