Jade wishes her family could leave their no-name town in Colorado already. What kind of place can’t keep a few nice flowers alive or considers three stores a mall, anyway? Everybody else made sure to move away sooner than later, including every best friend Jade’s ever had. But it’s tricky to leave when her dad’s recovering from cancer. So, stuck in a dead-end town with absolutely zero friends, Jade makes one up. In the pages of her notebook, she writes all about Zoe—the most amazing best friend anyone could dream of. The stories flow around-the-clock, especially during boring science lessons or lonely lunch periods. But the plot really thickens when Jade loses her notebook and an actual girl named Zoe shows up at school. In real life. Jade notices that new Zoe seems to have an awful lot in common with made-up Zoe. But who could pull off something this incredible? More importantly, are Jade and the real Zoe destined to be best friends, regardless of how or why Zoe turned up in the first place?
“Jade is introspective and narrates with quiet humor; anyone would be lucky to have her as a friend . . . a solid, unusual story that speaks to the need for friendship.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Readers who enjoy the craft of writing will find plenty to like here . . . There are plenty of writing tips . . . This contemplative fantasy has plenty of character development. Offer to fans of Kate Messner and Sarah Weeks.” - School Library Journal
“Cooper integrates tips about writing and being a good friend into her magic-touched, relatable middle school story, while somber subjects, such as family members with cancer and life in an economically distressed town, add further layers to the appealing narrative.” - Publishers Weekly
“Can Jade Levy be my best friend? I adored this heartwarming story about friendship and family, the magic of writing, and learning to love what’s real.” - Sarah Mlynowski, co-author of the Upside-Down Magic series
“You’ll fall in love with Abby’s characters, the way she combines multiple storylines so effortlessly and you’ll cheer (out loud) at the end. A perfect MG read aloud!” - Susan S., 3rd - 5th grade librarian
“I loved the lessons kids can learn from this story, including letting people be who they are, that it’s okay to be scared and to talk about your feelings, and that asking for help is so much better than trying to go it alone. A definite add to my classroom library.” - Lorie B., 5th grade teacher
“A book about friendship and discovering what’s right in front of you with writing tips along the way! This is a book that will bring great discussion.” - Shelli T., 5th grade teacher