We are pleased to welcome Abby Cooper to the store to celebrate her new book for young readers, Friend or Fiction. Abby will read from and discuss the book, and she'll be happy to take questions and sign copies of her work.
In this book for readers ages 9 and up, we meet Jade. About the time that her father was diagnosed with cancer, Jade invented Zoe, an imaginary friend in the pages of her notebook. She could depend on Zoe; then one of her classmates, Gresham Gorham (called Clue), somehow brings Zoe to life, and Jade suddenly has a best friend, one she can still control by what she writes in her notebook--but soon Jade begins to wonder how much a friendship is worth if you are calling all of the shots, and whether she should let Clue return Zoe to the notebook, and so rejoin reality herself.
Booklist says, "After Jade's dad was diagnosed with cancer, her family canceled the plan to move away from their small Colorado town, and so Jade has been stuck there while the town gets smaller and her friends move away. In order to cope with the worry over her father's illness, Jade turns to writing, and she ends up creating her own perfect friend in Zoe, a character who never leaves and does everything with Jade. When a classmate discovers magic in the town's pond, however, he uses it to bring Zoe to life, and soon Jade discovers that it's not always easy having a perfect best friend and that life is much more complicated than fiction. Her father's illness and the surrounding drama are handled nicely as Jade's family comes together and she realizes what she's been missing out on by not being fully present. An endearing story, with a pitch-perfect tween voice and a touch of magic, about what makes a friend."
Previously a K-8 library media specialist, (Yay librarians!) Abby Cooper is now a full time author of books for children. She has written two previous novels: Bubbles and Sticks and Stones.
One creative middle-schooler discovers that the best friend a girl can have is the one she makes herself in this charming magical realism read.