Best Friend Next Door

Best Friend Next Door

by Carolyn Mackler


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Meet Hannah. Her name is a palindrome. Her birthday is on New Year's. She wishes she had a cat. She's medium height and a little awkward. Her life has NOT been fun lately — her dad and stepmom are having a baby and, worst of all, her best friend next door just moved away. Now a new girl is here, taking over her best friend's bedroom . . . and her own identity.

Meet Emme. Her name is a palindrome. Her birthday is on New Year's. She loves her enormous orange cat. She's so short that last week she was mistaken for a kindergartner. She's found moving hard . . . but at least there's the girl next door, Hannah. Maybe they'll become friends?

While Hannah and Emme are alike in so many ways, they're different in some wrong ways, too. Is this the perfect friendship . . . or a recipe for disaster?

From award-winning writer Carolyn Mackler comes a funny, smart story about finding out who your best friends are, in good times and bad.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545709453
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 200,864
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Carolyn Mackler is the author of the popular teen novels, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book); Tangled; Guyaholic; Vegan Virgin Valentine; and Love and Other Four-Letter Words. Carolyn's most recent novel, The Future of Us, cowritten with bestselling author Jay Asher, has received starred reviews, and the film rights have been sold to Warner Brothers.

Best Friend Next Door is her first novel for a younger audience.

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Best Friend Next Door 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a amazing book!! If you like friendship, this is a great book for you!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Margo Sorenson More than 1 year ago
REVIEW: BEST FRIEND NEXT DOOR Carolyn Mackler has worked her magic once again, creating two main characters that young readers will empathize with and cheer for, through all their adventures. It's difficult to be an adult and write with insight about fifth graders, much less to sound authentically like one, and Mackler has nailed the voices of both delightful Emme and Hannah, the palindrome "twins," in this middle grade treasure. Fraught with drama that young readers will recognize – the unasked-for new baby brother, the former best friend moving away, the bullies in the classroom, the struggles about giving up a sport, and jealousy of a new possible best friend encroaching on home turf – this book is a page-turner and will resonate with young readers. With inventive and whimsical humor, well-thought-out tension points in the plot, and characters who are so real and recognizable they almost seem as if they are sitting on the floor, next to you, painting their toenails in alternating colors, BEST FRIEND NEXT DOOR is a reminder that, yes, children's literature can and does speak to young readers on many levels. If you know a young reader, please do them a favor, and give them this book. It will entertain, delight, and challenge them as they navigate their own life journeys during upper elementary school, a time when they all could use a smile or a hug. Carolyn Mackler has given them a gift.