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Bad Best Friend

By Rachel Vail


Publication Date: March 23, 2021

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Ages 10 And Up, Grades 5 And Up

Friendship drama, middle school dynamics, and a heavy dose of heart—perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead.

Niki Ames can’t wait to start eighth grade, that all-important year before high school. She and her best friend Ava have shared so many plans for the coming year. But then the unthinkable happens: at gym class pair-up, Ava chooses someone else to be her partner. Niki is devastated. It’s clear that Ava wants to be part of the popular group, leaving Niki behind. Niki has to decide who her real friends should be, where her real interests lie. Meanwhile, life at home is complicated. Niki’s nine-year-old brother Danny continues to act out more and more publicly. Their mother refuses to admit that Danny is somewhere on the autism spectrum, but it’s clear he needs help. Niki doesn’t want to be like her brother, to be labeled as different. She just wants to be popular! Is she a bad sister and a bad best friend?

About the Author

Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of more than thirty books. Of her first book, Wonder, Judy Blume said, “Wonder is wonderful. It has energy, humor, and heart”; these are qualities Rachel’s books still display.

Rachel grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and attended Georgetown University. She lives near Columbia University on New York’s Upper West Side with her husband, their two sons, and a tortoise named Lightning.

Visit her at www.rachelvail.com or on Twitter: @rachelvailbooks.

Author Residence: New York

Author Hometown: New Rochelle, New York

Format: Paperback

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Puffin Books

ISBN: 9780451479464

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