For many of us, a bright spot in being back at school is that we get to spend more time with friends. That’s why I’m recommending these friendship books for girls.

Hidden Truths

Book cover image for Hidden Truths by Elly Swartz

Dani and Eric have been best friends since Dani moved next door in second grade. After returning from baseball camp, Dani is thrilled that she’s made an all-boy baseball team. But when an explosion injures Dani so badly she can’t play, Eric becomes intent on finding answers. Can Eric admit what he fears most — that he might have caused the accident that hurt his friend? Told from both Dani and Eric’s points of view, this novel explores loyalty, forgiveness, and what happens when friendships change.

Show Us Who You Are

Book cover image for Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

Through her brother’s work, Cora is able to use a technology that allows her to talk to a friend she lost — a boy who was neurodivergent like her. But the more she learns about the corporation behind the technology, the more she sees darkness and rot behind its wonder. And she might be the only one who can expose it.

The Otherwoods

Book cover image for The Otherwoods by Justine Pucella Winans

Some would call River “special” — they can see monsters and travel to the Otherwoods, a spirit world. But River just considers themselves unlucky. No one believes what they can see, and it’s terrifying. So although River would prefer to just look away, that’s not an option when monsters kidnap their only friend. Now, scared or not, River must enter the nightmarish Otherwoods with only their cat and a teen spirit as companions to save their friend.

Secret of the Reaping

Book cover image for The Vanquishers: The Secret of the Reaping by Kalynn Bayron

Boog and her three best friends — known as the squad — know they’ll have to take their Vanquisher lessons more seriously now that vampires have returned. Strange disappearances are spreading throughout the community, and the authorities warn Boog’s mom to keep quiet about the vampires. Uncovering the truth about the return of the undead won’t be easy, but the squad is ready to take it on. Now, how can they convince their parents they’re ready to fight alongside the Vanquishers?

The Firefly Code

Book cover image for The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Mori and her friends are happy with their lives on Firefly Lane in their perfect community, Old Harmonie. They’re competitive with each other, play together almost every day, and above all else, are there for each other when they really need it. Then Ilana, a new girl, comes into their lives. She seems almost too perfect to be true. Uncovering her secret leads them to question the only world they’ve ever known. (If you like this one, make sure to check out the sequel, The Daybreak Bond.)

More Friendship Books for Girls

Nell needs to discover where she belongs now that her fairy best friend is more interested in hanging out with Nell’s mean-girl nemesis than with her in Nell of Gumbling:My Extremely Normal Fairy Tale Life by Emma Steinkellner.

Training to become a witch, Gwen hopes this year she’ll have what it takes to cross over into the Hallowlands, where she can see her two best friends whenever she wants and not just on Halloween in graphic novel Hellaween by Moss Lawton.

Riley and her werewolf friends vow to help a new friend, even though she’s destined to become a witch who could destroy them in The Nameless Witch by Natalie C. Parker, a sequel to The Devouring Wolf.

When Olga and partner -in-crime Pavel set their sights on stealing jewels that could change their lives, Olga finds herself in over her head in an enchanted castle in The Song of the Swan, a retelling of Swan Lake, by Sarah Sutton.

When Addie’s dad moves them cross-country for work, she meets new friend Mateo, who invites her to explore virtual worlds with him in graphic novel Lo & Behold by Wendy Mass.

What about you? Do you have favorite friendship books for girls? Have you read any of the books listed above? Leave a comment to tell me about it!

Lacey Louwagie is an adult writer and editor who got her first editing job with New Moon Girls in 2002. She is currently a freelance writer and editor and stay-at-home parent of 2 little boys. She has been a teen services librarian and coordinates book-related goodies for New Moon Girls. She is the author...

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