My Last Best Friend (Friends for Keeps Series #1)

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As Ida May begins fourth grade, she is determined never to make another best friend—because her last best friend moved away. This is a doable plan at first. Thanks to bratty, bossy Jenna Drews who hates Ida, no one in class has ever really noticed her before.  
    
It's when the sparkly Stacey Merriweather comes to her school that her plan goes awry. Ida reaches out despite her fear, but doesn't say...

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Overview

As Ida May begins fourth grade, she is determined never to make another best friend—because her last best friend moved away. This is a doable plan at first. Thanks to bratty, bossy Jenna Drews who hates Ida, no one in class has ever really noticed her before.  
    
It's when the sparkly Stacey Merriweather comes to her school that her plan goes awry. Ida reaches out despite her fear, but doesn't say hello—instead she writes Stacey anonymous notes. Soon 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.
    
Debut author Julie Bowe tells a charming story that will win the heart of any girl who's faced her fear sideways.

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Starting fourth grade is a lonely business for Ida May since Elizabeth, her "last best friend," moved away. To make things worse, mean Jenna Drews, daughter of the PTA president, is making Ida's life miserable by taunting Ida every chance she gets. Ida wishes that she could find a new best friend in Stacey Merriweather, a girl with a "big-crayon" smile, who has just moved to town. But part of Ida fears that if she gets close to Stacey, the girl might disappear just as Elizabeth did ("Trust me, you don't want to get too close to big-crayon smiles. That's because people with big-crayon smiles don't stick around very long," Ida laments). In this heartfelt, slice-of-life story, first-time novelist Bowe explores both the uncertainties and rewards of friendship as she traces her wistful heroine's first few weeks of school. Ida's hurt at being bullied by Jenna is skillfully evoked, but what readers will feel most strongly is Ida's yearning to share simple pleasures like "Messy art projects. Corny jokes." and "Mild cheddar cheese" with someone special, who likes her just for who she is. Throughout the novel, Ida cautiously approaches Stacey, using anonymous notes as a vehicle to introduce herself to the newcomer. Stacey's replies to the secret messages reveal that she has told some "emergency" lies about her living situation and may have to leave town soon, just as Ida has feared. If the book's resolution is a little too tidy, Bowe's characters emerge fully formed. Ida embodies the universal longing to connect with a kindred spirit. Ages 7-10. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-4 - This debut novel features Ida May, who is convinced that fourth grade is not going to be fun because her best friend has moved away. Determined not to make a new one for fear of losing her, too, she still wants to get to know the new girl, Stacey, better. Ida, who likes to draw, leaves notes in a loose brick because she doesn't want Stacey to know who she is. Stacey, who likes to write, replies back. Meanwhile, nasty Jenna taunts Ida and does everything she can to prevent the friendship. Jenna is a villain whom readers may recognize from mean girls in their own classes. By the end of the novel, though, even she grows. Delightful details enhance this friendship story that develops realistically. The engaging cover and quirky font used for the secret notes will appeal to more sophisticated readers who no longer need illustrations. This story is for readers who have graduated from Sara Pennypacker's "Clementine" stories (Hyperion), Barbara Park's "Junie B. Jones" series (Random), and Megan McDonald's "Judy Moody" books (Candlewick).-Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI

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Kirkus Reviews
Fourth grade is about to start, and Ida May has a lot to deal with. She will have to write in cursive, learn to multiply and divide, stop playing with dolls-and get used to the absence of her best friend Elizabeth, who has moved away. To top it off, her parents are insisting that she play with Jenna Drews, resident popular girl and bully. Then Ida meets Stacy, a new girl with whom she seems to have a lot in common. Unfortunately, Jenna absorbs Stacy into the popular group. Is there some way Ida can learn to succeed in fourth grade, make new friends and thwart Jenna's catty comments? Ida's humorous outlook is engaging, and the situation is realistic. With one exception-the circumstances surrounding Ida's previous best friend are not thoroughly addressed-this is an entertaining story that young girls will particularly enjoy, and Ida's cleverness and wit in coping with day-to-day problems will certainly appeal. A good selection for reluctant readers as well as those adjusting to the pressures of growing up. (Fiction. 7-10)
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"A sweet read."—Discovery Girls magazine
"Entertaining . . . A good selection for reluctant readers as well as those adjusting to the pressures of growing up."—Kirkus Reviews
"Delightful."—School Library Journal

"Ida embodies the universal longing to connect with a kindred spirit."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152057770
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Friends for Keeps Series, #1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JULIE BOWE lives in Wisconsin. My Last Best Friend is her first novel for young readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    My Best Book

    This book is a book that I would definetly recomend. This book is full of suspence and happiness. This is definetly one of the best books I ever read. GO BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!

    Ok i am soo in love! I got up to 15 chapters in 2days! You must go and buy it. I wonder what Ida, a.k.a Cordilia has in store for Jenna. Read it to find out!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Claire

    This is a really really good book. This was a good booik because it reminds me of my best friend Sophia. We always hung out together. Read the other books they are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#goodbook

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    A MUST READ

    This is a good book. When Ida's friend,Elizabeth,moves away she is determined not to make a new friend. When Stacy Merriweather moves to Prudee,Wisconsin,Ida does not know why Stacy made up lies about herself. Then Stacy tells her that she made up lies so Jenna could think that she was cool. Ida descivores that Stacy's parents are divorced and decided that she would ask Stacy to be her friend. Stacy says yes. Jenna leaves a note on Ida's desk that says: sorry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    The besr book ever

    This is the best book I have ever read I recommened it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Awesome

    This book is great but it seems like its a little young. For example ida may the main character is supposed ro be in fourth grade but it seems like a mixture of second and third. Anyway its a great book and i love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2011

    this is a great book

    i luv this book i m a fourth grader and i reccomend it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    MY daughter loved it

    My daughter is 9 years old, and said this was the best book she's read all year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 6, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Read if doing warrior cat thing

    This is not a warrior chatroom actually reveiw the book like this: it was very cute and fun to read. Im happy it became a series.
    :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    Kittykit to Icepelt

    Thank you! By tge way, my sister, Angelpaw needs to stay here too becouse he is also after her. He is at TigerClan, the clan that she lives in. The week after I was born, she had to find a clan. It was not until 5 moons later that she found TigerClan. All other clans kicked her out. If you see a poast with the title Angelpaw or even Angelpaw to Kittykit read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    Gorsepaw

    May I be med-cat apprentice?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    May i join

    Willowbreeze

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    To kittykit

    She is at the first res. I told her to stay there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    Oakstar to Icepelt

    You may join. The map is at res 4; where the leaders den used to be. If you ever need to see me when Im in my den, my den is res 15. And sorry it took so long.... if it did. I fell asleep.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    This is a Christmas present and I bought it based on the other c

    This is a Christmas present and I bought it based on the other customers reviews. Plus she loves to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Amazing

    I love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Reveiwed by unpublished author

    Amazing it really encoured me to write lots of letters to my cousin. I recomend it for anyone with a bff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    I had a bff

    My bff is alomst like idas bff elizabeth.u should read my extra best friend.she acts the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    My bff

    She told me she doesn't want to be my bff just really close friends and I am wondering why can't we just be called bffs for short!?It seemed like the reason why is because she is jealous and doesn't have time for me(the reason I know that is because she told me why she doesn't want to be my best friend).I am so sad right now because my life is not going good everythings going wrong!What should I do?Reply to -Livelifetothefullest...I really need help

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