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Some Friend

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Finding a friend isn't easy.

Especially when there aren't many kids age eleven in your neighborhood. Being a friend is even harder. In Pearl's neighborhood Lenore is everyone's friend of choice. She has her hair straightened and curled at a real beauty shop, her own pink phone, and a canopy bed. The most Pearl hopes for is to be included as one of Lenore's followers.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 6th 2004)
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May 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Pearl is one of those girls that popular girls don't like just because of their appearance. She's eleven years old and she loves school. Unlike the other people in school she still dresses like a little girl. Pearl never had a lot of popular friends but one day she befriends with a girl named Lenore. Lenore is popular but she doesn't treat Pearl really good. She makes fun of her and makes her feel good. So Pearl tries to change for her but of course it doesn't feel right so she goes back to her ...more
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
Pearl is a struggling fifth grader when it comes to friendships. She’s not quite ready to grow up, but desperately wants to fit in with the “in” crowd. She gets her chance when Lenore, the most popular girl around, deems Pearl worthy of being in the group. Suddenly Pearl’s outlook on life changes—she starts hanging out (like her older sister does with her friends), tries dressing differently (sometimes) and joins her friends looking for boys. Meanwhile, another friendship is budding between Pear ...more
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Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Imani ♥ ☮ by: My Grandmother
I think this book kind of sucked.

If I am to be honest, you know.

My grandma made me get this book because she thinks I read too many books about old times, about slavery and stuff like that. I think it's not only that, but also the fact the girl in this book has her name. Anyway, my grandma was wrong anyway because this book was set in either the 50s or 60s. I didn't really like it though because I don't think the author did a very good job incorporating the time and setting into the story. Exce
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really great book. I highly recommend it as a must-read for kids. The interesting thing about reading this book as an adult is being able to view the world through Pearl's 11-year-old innocence. Her innocence of not realizing that the girls she wants to be friends with are bullies and a bad influence, her innocence of not knowing how to be brave enough to be herself, her innocence of not being able to stand up for herself or others, even her innocence of not understanding racism and d ...more
Apr 20, 2008 added it
This was a touching story
Kara Roberts
"A somewhat predictable but affecting coming-of-age story about the consequences of hanging out with the "wrong crowd." Set in 1960s Maryland, against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, the story centers on an 11-year-old African-American girl who is desperate to find a friend. Exactly why Pearl is friendless isn't quite clear, because she comes across as a thoughtful and intelligent child. She is thrilled when beautiful and popular Lenore starts including her in social activities, even ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 4-7 243pgs

1963 Maryland. 11 year old Pearl has wished for a friend for the longest time and suddenly finds herself with not one, but two potential friends: popular Lenore who is everything that Pearl wished she was but isn't and Artemesia who like Pearl has to share things with her siblings and can't afford to buy all the things that Lenore has. Pearl is determined to keep Lenore as a friend, but finds herself getting into more and more trouble.....

Mostly a coming of age story with some menti
Dec 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
This small story of a child learning about friendship takes, for some inane reason, 250 pages to tell.

The writing is without art or complexity and, at times, is without clarity too. Got this from my literacy student who was having difficulties with it. I think I'll tell her to move on. There are so many much better books out there.
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I like this book a lot because it is a story of a girl who has a tough time making friends. Some of the deep things that happened to Pearl are happening to kids my age in society. This book is really realistic, and at times can be a little sensitive. Don't be surprised if you've gone through some of the things in Pearl's life.
Melissa Fox
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is good, not great, but good. Pearl, an eleven old with no friends lives in a neighborhood where alot of kids are not her age. THen she meets a little girl named Artemesia who becomes her best friend, but this mean girl, named Lenore, turns Pearl aganist her new best friend and things go wrong.
Morgan Leech
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book. It was about a young girl named Pearl from Virginia, and the novel tells the tale of Pearl's experience with her friends and is all about how to act appropriately and how to never take certain friendships for granted because they could end before you know it.
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Shelves: eighth-grade
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