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How to Be a Friend

by Nancy Wilcox Richards

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A young girl with epilepsy is nervous about being the new girl in school — and worried about keeping her condition a secret.

Lexie is new to grade three and she has a secret. She has epilepsy. Worried that she'll be though of as different, she shyly avoids class discussion and recess (where she fears she will be teased for wearing a helmet).

But hiding her condition proves to be dangerous when she is pressured into eating food that her treatment diet doesn't allow, and must stay home for several days.

As time passes, Lexie gains confidence and makes friends among her classmates, even giving a presentation about epilepsy to the entire class. One dreaded day she actually has a seizure in the schoolyard — and learns that good friends can be trusted to understand and accept who you are, and even help out in times of trouble.

Following her previous novels, which includ How to Handle a Bully and How to Tame a Bully, author Nancy Wilcox Richards has written another wonderful story that promotes empathy, respect, acceptace and kindness among everyday elementary school children.

About the Author

Nancy Wilcox Richards

Nancy Wilcox Richards taught elementary school for a number of years. She is the author of How to Tame a Bully, How to Outplay a Bully, How to Handle a Bully, How to Be a Friend and How to Fix a Lie, as well as the Farmer Joe series of picture books and We're All Friends Here. All are published by Scholastic Canada Ltd. She lives in Hebbville, Nova Scotia.
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Awards
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

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How to Be a Friend

Lexie is nervous about being the new girl at school. She’s afraid the other kids might tease her because she has epilepsy. Lexie wonders if she’ll be able to take part in the random-acts-of-kindness project and worries about going back to school after her seizure. But true friends understand and accept who she is, and even help out in times of trouble.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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