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The Friendship Lie
The Friendship Lie
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The Friendship Lie

Cora Davis's life is garbage. Literally. Her professor parents study what happens to trash after it gets thrown away, and Cora knows exactly how it feels--to be thrown away. Between her mom and dad separating and a fallout with her best friend, fifth grade for Cora has been a year of feeling like being tossed into the dumpster. But Cora has learned a couple of things from her parents' trash-tracking studies: Things don't always go where they're supposed to, and sometimes the things you thought you got rid of come back. And occasionally, one person's trash is another's treasure, which Cora and Sybella learn when they come across a diary detailing best-friendship problems. Told in two intertwining points of view, comes a warm, wry story of friendship, growing up, and being true to yourself. Written by Rebecca Donnelly, author of How to Stage a Catastrophe (an Indies Introduce and Indie Next List honoree), The Friendship Lie will speak to any reader who has struggled with what to hold on to and what to throw away.

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 4-7
Interest LevelGrades 4-7
Lexile Level860L
ATOS Level5.5
AR Points7
AR Quiz #502771
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Page Dimensions0" x 0"
Page Count272
School/Library Price



Foreword Reviews - Jessie Horness

"Perfectly capturing the struggles of navigating early interpersonal conflict, this book is designed to not only resonate with young readers, but also to subtly share wisdom regarding emotional intelligence. Incorporating diverse experiences without belaboring their presence, The Friendship Lie also embodies social consciousness without becoming a “very special episode.” The microaggressions that Sybella experiences as a biracial child, and the fact that Dina, Cora’s father’s grad student, dates women, organically create representation without tokenization. . . .Educational without moralizing, and capturing kid logic without condescending, The Friendship Lie is a refreshing middle grade novel—and is particularly great if you’re looking for a book that passes the Bechdel test." - Foreword Reviews

July 1, 2019

Booklist - J.B. Petty

"Donnelly begins the narrative in the present before backtracking to show the progression of events, all the while alternating the narration between the two girls’ points of view. The diary’s contents are interjected within the main story, amplifying the themes of friendship and family in a unique way." - Booklist

July 1, 2019

YA Books Central - Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

"Readers who like books that deal with the complexity of school and friends...will appreciate this thoughtful look at the dynamics of friends and family, and how the actions even of elementary students have a significant impact on the world at large." - YA Books Central

June 9, 2019

Rebecca Donnelly

Rebecca Donnelly

Rebecca Donnelly was born in England, where she got to stand in the rain and wave at the Queen once, and at seven moved to California, where they don't do things like that. She holds an MLIS from San Jose State University. Rebecca runs a small rural library in upstate New York and has written for School Library Journal and The Horn Book.

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