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Bad Best Friend

Niki Ames can't wait to start eighth grade, that all-important year before high school. She and her best friend Ava have shared so many plans for the coming year. But then the unthinkable happens: at gym class pair-up, Ava chooses someone else to be her partner. Niki is devastated. It's clear that Ava wants to be part of the popular group, leaving Niki behind. Niki has to decide who her real friends should be, where her real interests lie.

Meanwhile, life at home is complicated. Niki's nine-year-old brother Danny continues to act out more and more publicly. Their mother refuses to admit that Danny is somewhere on the autism spectrum, but it's clear he needs help. Niki doesn't want to be like her brother, to be labeled as different. She just wants to be popular! Is she a bad sister and a bad best friend? Rachel Vail's powerful middle-grade novel explores the difficult experience of changing friendships — including confronting your own past mistakes — and the value of a true friend.

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Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 13
Author Rachel Vail
ISBN 0451479459
Publication Date Mar 24, 2020
Publisher Viking Books for Young Readers
Language English