Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split (Anna, Banana Series #1)

Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split (Anna, Banana Series #1)

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ISBN-13: 9781481416054
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: Anna, Banana Series , #1
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 663,840
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, where she read a lot of books and loved a lot of pets. She now tells and collects stories, makes up songs on her violin, and eats lots of cheese with her friends in Princeton, New Jersey, where she lives with her dog, Arugula. Find out more at AnicaRissi.com and follow @AnicaRissi on Twitter.

Meg Park is a character designer and illustrator for clients including Disney, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Pictures. Meg lives in Scotland with her two cats Louie and Boo. She loves drawing, painting, and telling stories through her artwork.

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Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split

  • Sadie says the best thing about birthdays is getting presents, but my favorite part is the birthday wish. I’ve read all the fairy tales—I know you have to be careful what you wish for—so this year, I planned my wish out weeks in advance. I was ready.

    Everyone sang as Dad brought out the cake and placed it on the picnic blanket spread across our living room floor. It was chocolate cake with pink vanilla frosting: Sadie’s and my favorite. Nine yellow candles flickered on top.

    I opened my mouth to suck in a huge breath, when Mom startled me. “Banana!” she said. “Get your nose out of there! Cake is not for dogs.”

    Banana backed away from the birthday cake, making guilty eyes. She wagged her whole backside to tell Mom sorry and turned to sniff my best friend, Sadie, instead.

    Sadie giggled and pulled Banana onto her lap. “Come on, Anna,” she said to me. “Make a wish!”

    I closed my eyes for just a second and pictured what I wanted: a trip to Water World. I could almost feel myself racing down a tall, twisty waterslide, zipping around the curves with Sadie right behind me, and splash-landing together in the giant wave pool below. The commercials made it look like the funnest place on Earth, and I’d been wanting to go since forever. Chuck had said our parents would never take us there, but I knew if I used my birthday wish on it, it would have to come true. Birthday wishes have extra magic. That’s how I got Banana.

    I leaned toward the candles, ready to blow. But before I could let out my breath, Sadie whispered, “Wish for a pony.”

    I froze. Where would we keep a pony?

    “Any day now, monkey face,” Chuck said, sticking his finger in the frosting.

    Ugh. For a second I considered using my wish to ask for a less-annoying older brother, but even birthday-wish magic probably couldn’t fix Chuck.

    Sadie nudged me. She snorted and flared her nostrils like the horses we’d seen at the park, and gave a little whinny of encouragement. She sounded just like a real stallion.

    I grinned at her and Banana and turned back to my cake. Blowing out the candles with one big breath, I thought, I wish for a pony.

    I can never say no to Sadie. She’s my best friend.

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    Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
    Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
    Anna Banana is absolutely adorable while still addressing our human instincts to protect our hearts when someone hurts us. The rebuilding of a friendship is much more powerful when we see, not only how much a friendship split hurts, but also what it might cost us to repair it. Rissi has set up the reader with a diverse and interesting cast of characters that are firmly anchored in the truth of what it means to navigate the bumpy road of growing pains.
    denisejaden More than 1 year ago
    Adorable! Fun and sweet, and a great reminder of how difficult best friendships can be. Anna is my favorite kind of character--kind and thoughtful, with a deep down strength she didn't know she had. I can't wait for the next book!