Shannon Hale writes a wonderful autobiographical story of growing up in search of Real Friends (Lexile: GN290; Interest Level: Grades 3-6). I certainly know I found some similarities between myself and Shannon while trying to learn how to belong.
This graphic novel does a fabulous job of showing what it is like for Shannon as she navigates between her best friend, other people who are friends with her best friend, and eventually into trying to form her own "group." Dealing with tough friendship issues like friends who bully you, talk about you behind your back, and turn to you only when they need you, this story provides a realistic look at how someone might handle these issues. Definitely a recommended book for girls in the middle grades! (224 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.