Title: Friends with Boys
Author: Faith Erin Hicks
Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher: First Second
After years of homeschooling, it’s Maggie’s first day of high school. Her mother (and teacher) has mysteriously left the family, leaving Maggie’s three brothers and father to help her through the transition. It’s anything but easy. Public school has new rules and new people who already seem to have high school life all figured out. Even with her brothers walking the same halls, Maggie finds it difficult to navigate her way through her new environment. Being haunted by a ghost from the local graveyard isn’t helping anything.
Friends with Boys is a fast paced story about transitioning from homeschooling to public school, but it’s a story that most everyone will be able to relate to. It speaks strongly to the struggle of trying to figure out not only who you are, but who you want to be. Faith Erin Hick’s characters and energetic illustrations are immediately engaging, drawing the reader into Maggie’s family dynamic. It’s a true coming of age story with a paranormal twist. As if life isn’t complicated enough!