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My Best Friend and Other Illusions Canadian Title

By Suri Rosen   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443146821 Paperback
240 Pages | 4.993" x 7.771" | Ages 9 to 12

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443146838 Ebook
240 Pages | Ages 9 to 12

What if your imaginary friend from childhood suddenly reappeared . . . only this time, he's no figment of your imagination.

Charlie Green has said enough tough goodbyes for a lifetime — to her dad, her gramps, her best friend. Just when it feels like there’s nothing more to lose, Charlie might have to say goodbye to her biggest dream — to join an acrobatic circus. That’s when Rudy shows up, with exactly what Charlie needs.But the problem with imaginary friends is they know everything about you, even the secrets that may tear your family farther apart. Is it finally time to face the past and find a new way forward?

My Best Friend and Other Illusions is a captivating story about memory, forgiveness and second chances, with a family that will find its way straight into your heart.

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