8 books about friends from the authors of Friends are Amazing

Published on: 30 November 2022

Authors of Friends are Amazing, Hughie and Freddie, share eight of their favourite books about friends.

Striking Out by Ian Wright and Musa Okwonga

Jermone Jackson is a talented teenage football who is spotted after scoring a worldie goal by Ian Wright. Ian helps Jerome believe in himself and help him overcome things so that he can show his football talent, he becomes the friend he needs to help him through all the things he has to deal with, we really enjoyed this book and found it really inspiring. I (Freddie) want to be a professional footballer when I am older, so I really took a lot away from reading this book especially about self-belief. We also liked that it could help anyone who sadly experiences racism and difficult situations in their home life because they will read how Jermone and Ian have had to overcome these issues too and it could help them to feel like they're not alone, highlighting things like that can show how it makes that person feel and we should all be better at making the world a better place so these things don't happen. We think this book shows that if someone has a positive role model to look up to then it helps you to become the best version of yourself. 

Greyfriars Bobby by Richard Brassey

Bobby and John, although were a different species, were best friends. We love this friendship because this really shows that dogs are man’s best friend. The story of Greyfriars Bobby starts when John Gray (Bobby’s master) passed away. After this every day until he died Bobby went to John’s grave and sat there to be with him. This is a powerful friendship and is mentioned all around the city of Edinburgh.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Another one of our favourite literary friendships is Greg and Rowley from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid sequel. Greg and Rowley are best friends from school, they are always together, look after each other and stand up for each other (when they have to). They also sometimes have fallouts but they never last long because they realise how special their friendship is.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda and Miss Honey is a classic friendship. We love this friendship because Miss Honey looks after Matilda when the horrible headteacher of the school, Miss Trunchball, and her parents are always hard on Matilda. Miss Honey takes Matilda home and looks after her and, in the end, adopts her. This is a lovely friendship because Miss Honey looked after Matilda when she needed it most.

Captain Underpants by Dav Pikey

George Beard and Harold Hutchins, they are best friends, they are really funny together and always like to pull pranks together. It's important to have fun with your friends. In the series they turn their principal into the greatest superhero of all time and get up to lots of adventures. We love these books as they're really funny and great to read!

Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith

Murph is enrolled at a school for superheroes by mistake, but he is just a 'normal' kid. Murph become friends with Billy, Mary, Nellie and Hilda and they start to be known as the Super Zeros, they all, apart from Murph have powers that are a bit unusual and not really thought of as very useful but the Super Zeros work together so they can help to save the world, they learn how to use their strengths to help others' weaknesses, even Murph. We love this book series because it shows that if you work together with your friends, you can overcome difficulties, if you're not very good at something, but your friend is you can help each other. 

Tom Gates by Liz Pichon

Tom and Derek. Tom and Derek are best friends, they live next door to each other, we think it would be so cool if we lived next door to each other like they do, best mate goals! Tom and Derek just have so much fun together, they enjoy a lot of the same things and play in a band together!  We love the Tom Gates series, it's something we have both read for years.  

Cliff Hanger by Jacqueline Wilson

Tim gets sent on an adventure holiday by him Mum and Dad, he hates sports, so the holiday doesn't sound very fun for him, but he makes friends with one of his roommates Biscuits who becomes his best friend. Tim is quite shy, gets homesick and upset because he isn't enjoying the holiday and people are a bit mean to him when can't do the sports very well, but Biscuits is really kind to him, doesn't make fun of him and just tried to cheer him up. We think it's important to be kind to people when they're sad! Biscuits always encourages Tim to do things that he thinks are too difficult or too hard on holiday which makes Tim realise he isn't useless and gives helps him to start believing in himself! We think you should always support your friend and encourage them when they're a bit afraid and help them not just give up! 

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