THE HARD KIND OF PROMISE
(Clarion, June 2010)

"I promise to be best friends with you forever."

Sarah made this promise to Marjorie when they were five years old, and they've been best friends for eight years. But that was before seventh grade, when everything changed--everything except Marjorie. While Sarah wants to meet new people and try new things, Marjorie still likes doing the same things they always did. It seems the more time the two girls spend together, the more time Sarah wants to spend apart. How did a promise that was so easy to make become so hard to keep?

With beautifully drawn characters and vivid details, this incisive novel portrays middle school in all its complexity--both the promise of what is to come and the pain of what must be left behind.

"In this quiet, strongly realistic novel, Willner-Pardo explores the intricacies of preadolescent social life, where the worst possible thing is to be "weird." ...Willner-Pardo's avoidance of overblown crises and dramatic climaxes creates a steadily paced, authentic story. Ages 10–up. (June)
-- Publishers Weekly Starred Review

 




ISBN-10: 0547243952
ISBN-13: 978-0547243955


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