‘I Promise to Always Turn Back Toward You’: Top Ten (Tuesday) Books About Friendship

“It’s so weird how life is so full of moving around–people coming and going, people passing by each other all day long. You never know which person’s going to steal your heart. You never know which is going to settle your soul. All you can do is look. And hope. And believe.” -Natalie Lloyd, A Snicker of Magic

 

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This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their wonderful blog if you haven’t yet.

My top ten friendship books follow—some of these are older classics, some have just been discovered. Some are  in the realm of children’s literature—and some are young adult novels. Some are female friendships and some are male friendships. Some are female-male friendships. Whatever they are, these connections are significant are special—and they are worth reading about.

 Anne of Green Gables: Anne and Diana

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I don’t think I really need to say much about best friends, Anne and Diana. Anne Shirley and Diana Barry will always be my favorite pair of best friends and I intend to read their story forever.

 Tiger Lily: Tiger Lily & Peter Pan

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You might not have thought much about Tiger Lily and Peter Pan as a significant pair of friends. So, drop everything you’re doing, and get a copy of Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Tiger Lily. And read it!

 Liar & Spy: Georges and Safer

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Safer is the head of a “spy” club and recruits Georges–I loved watching the friendship between these two as they spy on “Mr. X” and attempt to crack the case.

 The Invention of Hugo Cabret: Hugo and Isabella

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Hugo and Isabella!! They make such a great team, and Isabella is instrumental in Hugo’s ability to become part of community. And, of course, she helps Hugo to pick a lock:

“She walked to the rear door and took out a bobby pin from her pocket.

Hugo watched as she fiddled with the pin inside the lock until it clicked and the door opened. “How did you learn to do that?” asked Hugo.

“Books,” answered Isabelle.”

 The Tiger Rising: Rob & Sistine

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This story by Kate DiCamillo is not for the reader who wants a strictly happy story, but this book is definitely worth the read. Rob hides his feelings from everyone–Sistine displays them for all to see. The trust and friendship between these two is a necessary connection to the book’s resolution.

 A Snicker of Magic: Felicity & Jonah

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Felicity doesn’t expect to gain a best friend so quickly when her family moves to Midnight Gulch, but Jonah is insistent upon it. This friendship is not be missed in a story that’s a new favorite of mine.

 Marianne Dreams: Marianne & Mark

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Marianne and Mark meet in an unconventional way–in Marianne’s dreams.

Tom’s Midnight Garden: Tom & Hattie

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Tom and Hattie live in two different time periods, but they meet in a magical garden when the clock strikes 13.

 The Book Thief: Liesel & Rudy & Liesel & Max

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For this novel, it’s both Liesel and Rudy and Liesel and Max. Rudy and Max are both extremely important to Liesel, and I think you’ll probably love them too.

 The Babysitter’s Club: Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey

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Here’s a childhood favorite–I probably read every one of The Babysitter’s Club books, as well as the Super Specials. These four girls are friends until the end–babysitting adventures and all.

Bonus: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

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Because Flora and Ulysses together can save the world!! And they can eat donuts at the same time.

“When I was a girl in Blundermeecen we wondered always if we would see each other again. Each day was uncertain. So, to say good-bye to someone was uncertain, too. Would you see them again? Who could say? Blundermeecen was a place of dark secrets, unmarked graves, terrible curses. Trolls were everywhere! So we said good-bye to each other the best way we could. We said: I promise to always turn back toward you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “‘I Promise to Always Turn Back Toward You’: Top Ten (Tuesday) Books About Friendship

    • That’s true–another good choice to discuss for pairs of friends. Pinesap was such an important figure for Tiger Lily! And, technically, I know Peter and Tiger Lily might be thought of more as a romantic match, but I felt the bedrock of their relationship was something to point out with this theme of friendship. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Oh, Kate, I knew that line was from FLORA & ULYSSES and had to smile 😀 You listed excellent books here, a few of which I’ve read. I know I was so glad to become aware of Tom’s Midnight Garden just last year and LOVED it And, of COURSE—ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. I just finished watching the DVD collection last night, and the bonus features tonight. It included Megan Follows’ audition. Fantastic! 😀

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