The Imaginary Friend
by Kelly Hashway
Kindle Edition, 9 pages
Published September 3, 2011
by Kelly Hashway
Book Source: Bought
Book Description: Samantha and Tracy have been best friends since kindergarten, but now that Tracy has gotten over her shyness and made new friends, Samantha is feeling left out. This is nothing compared to how she feels when a strange girl named Jessica tells Samantha that she’s actually an imaginary friend. Tracy has outgrown Samantha, and it’s time for Samantha to help another child who needs her. But will Samantha be able to move on and fulfill her duty as an imaginary friend?
Mary’s Review: Samantha is Tracy’s best friend. They have been friends since kindergarten. Now Tracy doesn’t seem to see Samantha anymore-doesn’t have as much time for her since she has made new friends. Did she say or do something wrong?
Samantha soon learns that she is Tracy’s imaginary friend. An imaginary friend that made her see the good in herself so that she could reach out to others and make friends. Now that Tracy has learned confidence in herself and has the ability to make new friends, she no longer needs Samantha.
Now Samantha needs to learn how to let go of Tracy so that she can become an imaginary friend to another child who needs her.
This book is a good source for teaching children about change and growth, getting over shyness, learning confidence, and reaching out to others.
I recommend this book for ages 4-10.
About the Author: Kelly Hashway writes books and short stories for children through young adults. She is the author of the picture books, MAY THE BEST DOG WIN, THE PURRFECT PUPPY, and SANTA BUNNY. Kelly’s full-length middle grade and young adult fiction is represented by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. Her debut YA, TOUCH OF DEATH, releases January 2013 through Spencer Hill Press with the sequel, STALKED BY DEATH, releasing July 2013. Her debut MG, CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE releases January 2014 through Month9Books.
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