The Pages Between Us

 
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The Pages Between Us
Age Range
8+
Release Date
February 09, 2016
ISBN
978-0062377715
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Told in letters, posters, blog posts, homework assignments, and more, The Pages Between Us is a totally fun, totally earnest snapshot of middle grade friendship—and what it truly means to be there for someone during the ups, downs, and everything in between. Piper and Olivia have been best friends since…well, forever. But they're distressed to find that their new middle school schedules aren't giving them enough together-time. Luckily, an idea sparks when Piper finds a cute, sparkly notebook to disguise as her "French Class" homework. It's genius—now the two BFFs can stick together all the time. And document their adventures—you know, for anthropology's sake. But as the two navigate the tricky new world of sixth grade, they realize that they may need to branch out more than they originally thought. Their notebook, once a life raft, begins to feel like a big responsibility. Can they grow up, without growing apart?

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True Friendship Never Fails
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THE PAGES BETWEEN US is a cute story about two girls in middle school who are experiencing innocent crushes, true friendship, and the heat fitting in. Typical Middle School problems.

The story follows Olivia and Piper who are best friends until the end of time. They're already planning their double wedding. In elementary school, they had many classes together, but now that they're in middle school, they only have one. French class. So, Piper came up with the perfect idea that they could converse through a notebook. They write a note in the book and then pass back and forth whenever they can.

Even though they're best friends, they're both different and enjoy different things. Olivia loves chess, always talks about her crush Jackson, and is nervous around anyone that's not Piper. Piper isn't scared to talk to anyone, has no interest in boys, and loves soap operas. When they start going to clubs to get Olivia to open up and to find people to invite to Piper's party, they start to see how different there interests truly are.


Final Verdict: I really enjoyed this read and finished it in a day. This story is perfect for those children aged 9-13. It'll teach them what true friendship is and to embrace that friendship along with family.
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Clever way to write notes at school!
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Middle school schedules can make or break a friendship, so when Olivia and Piper only have one class together, they decide to share notes in a notebook. Both are concerned about making new friends, so they attend different clubs-- the boring spelling club where they do worksheets, the Lego club that ends rather disastrously even though that's the club Olivia's crush is in, and chess club, where Olivia finds her people. This upsets Piper, who is still struggling to find friends, and when Olivia can't make a big event at Piper's church, and later has a chess tournament on the very same day as Piper's birthday party, the two have a falling out. Luckily, the girls have a friendship with a well-established base, and they are able to figure out a way forward.
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Middle school friend drama is such a huge issue that there can never be enough books covering the various ways that friends can fall out. Both Piper and Olivia were sympathetic, likable characters despite their flaws, and their voices, as well as the situations are very realistic. (Especially the obsession with Jackson!) The cover is fantastic, and this book will circulate very well among 5th-7th graders.
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