Friends with Boys

Friends with Boys

by Faith Erin Hicks

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Overview

A coming-of-age tale with a spooky twist!

Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it's time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend—one who isn't one of her brothers.

Funny, surprising, and tender, Friends with Boys is a pitch perfect YA graphic novel full of spooky supernatural fun.

This title has Common Core connections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596435568
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,152,760
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.66(d)
Lexile: GN390L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

FAITH ERIN HICKS is a writer and artist in Halifax, Canada. Her first two graphic novels, Zombies Calling and The War at Ellsmere, were published by SLG Publishing. Most recently, she illustrated First Second’s Brain Camp. Hicks has three brothers and was homeschooled until high school. She has never seen a ghost.

Reading Group Guide

For Discussion:

Friends With Boys is a graphic novel, a story told in words and pictures. How do you think this story would be told differently if it was a novel, with only words? How would it be different if it was a movie, with just pictures?

Maggie goes to public school for the first time at the beginning of the book. What do you think it would be like to go from homeschooling to public school?

Has a prosthetic hand ever solved anyone's problems? Why or why not?

How do you think your family dynamics would be different if you acquired four older brothers?

Why do you think the ghost follows Maggie around all the time?

What did you think about Lucy and Alistair the first time you saw them? Did your first impression change after Maggie got to know them better?

Maggie's mom leaves before the book starts. Do you think Maggie's behavior changed after her mom left? How might she act differently if her mom was around?

Maggie's twin older brothers have problems because people expect them to be the same. Do you know any twins? List three ways they're similar and three ways they're different.

Friends With Boys is a black and white book. How would it be different if it was told

in color?

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