“Kids will be okay as long as they have one good friend,” says Shannon’s mother. But as Shannon gets older, she finds herself lonely and confused by the social scene around her. Raina Telgemeier fans will enjoy this graphic memoir about Real Friends (First Second, $21.99 HB/$12.99 PB). Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale poignantly conjures up the deep hurt of childhood rejection and the sweet relief of a vivid imagination. LeUyen Pham’s art shines when Shannon makes (and sometimes escapes from) friends through imaginative play, as the real world melts away into enchanting fantasy-scapes. Ages 9-12.