Hanna is fed up with her best friend, Lizzy, who is always trying to be better than her. When Lizzy tells Hanna she can throw her ball farther and succeeds, it’s the last straw. Hanna is tired of feeling second best, but what she doesn’t realize is that sometimes she makes Lizzy feel that way too. Maybe there’s a way they can still be best friends after all.
A funny and relatable story about best friends, competition and learning to see things from another’s point of view.
About the Author
Frances Itani has published numerous books, including Requiem, chosen by the Washington Post as one of 2012's top fiction titles of the year; and the #1 bestseller Deafening, which won a Commonwealth Award, was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was published in 17 territories. Frances is a Member of the Order of Canada and is a three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award.
Geneviève Després completed a degree in industrial design at the Université de Montréal but decided instead to pursue her first passion: drawing. After spending a few years in Europe exploring different techniques, Geneviève returned to Quebec. Since then, she has illustrated many French books for children and is beginning to illustrate English books as well. Geneviève lives in Saint-Lambert on the south shore of Montreal, Quebec, with her family. For more information, visit www.genevievedespres.ca.
Read an Excerpt
When Lizzy threw her ball, it flew up and up, over the fence at the end of Hanna’s yard.
“Ha!” Lizzy said. “I bet you can’t throw yours that far.”
“Oh yes I can,” said Hanna. She took a deep breath and threw as hard as she could.