Best Friends by Mary Bard
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Suzie Green has only dreamed of having a best friend. Someone to vent to and giggle with—and someone to help her face the Select Seven at school every day. Those girls are boy crazy, they talk in codes, and they call Suzie “teacher’s pet.” It’s not easy being a teacher’s kid! And it’s not easy being eleven, going on twelve, without a best friend. Then Co Co Langdon moves in next door. Suzie has never met anyone like Co Co. She’s from France and has traveled all over the world. And she’s never been to school, having been tutored all her life. But now that Co Co is in America, she will go to school for the very first time. And Suzie will finally have a best friend by her side! First published in 1955, Best Friends follows two girls through one unforgettable school year as they take on mean girls, a cranky neighbor, boys, and the search for a missing neighborhood dog. In the end, they’ll find out what it truly means to be best friends.

 

About Mary Bard

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Like Co Co in Best Friends, Mary Bard moved frequently as a child due to her father's job. She attended kindergarten in Mexico City, first grade in New York, and second grade in Colorado. Later, she went to college at the University of Washington in Seattle, and she eventually settled with her family in the Seattle area. Best Friends is the first of three novels about Suzie and Co Co, which were published through the 1950s and 60s. Bard also wrote three autobiographical works for adults: Just Be Yourself, The Doctor Wears Three Faces, and Forty Odd.
 
Published November 3, 2015 by Two Lions. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction