Some Friend by Marie Bradby

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Finding a friend isn't easy. Especially when there aren't many kids age eleven in your neighborhood.

Being a friend is even harder.

In Pearl's neighborhood, Lenore is anyone's first choice. She gets her hair straightened and curled at a real beauty shop. Pearl's is still in braids. Lenore has her own pink phone and a frilly canopy bed. Pearl has to share a room with her teenage sister, "Princess" Diana, and a shaggy old bed with her sassy little sister, Angela. Lenore has followers -- Nadine and Ce-Ce. She hardly needs Pearl.

But Pearl still hopes -- until Artemesia comes along. She is everything Pearl herself dreams of being -- a modern dancer, a gifted artist. She is also a mystery. "That old stanky girl," Lenore snorts, mocking with the others Artemesia's ill-fitting yellow dress. Pearl, meaning the best, does the worst thing possible.

And still she hasn't a friend.

Or has she?


About Marie Bradby

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Marie Bradby's first book for younger readers was the IRA Award-winning More Than Anything Else, illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet. They also collaborated on Momma, Where Are You From?, a Golden Kite Honor Book. Growing up in the Washington, D.C., area in the 1960s, Ms. Bradby was a young girl during the Civil Rights movement and the great years of the Motown sound. She lives with her husband and teenage son in Louisville, Kentucky.
Published January 6, 2004 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books. 240 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Grounded by her strict mother because of Lenore, Pearl befriends Artemesia, a poor girl from a migrant working family, whose drawing talent turns out to be amazing.

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(Strangely, Lenore seems to drop out of the novel shortly after this point.) The characters here seem to live and breathe—from Pearl's older sister, who practices the newest dances with the members of her all-girl club, to the older brother whose head momentarily swells when he lends his sneakers...

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Pearl soon starts getting into trouble and her mother doesn't want her to be friends with Lenore anymore, but Pearl doesn't listen.

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