Friends for Life by Andrew Norriss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There was a title change from the original, British publication and this one works so much better. Francis is a slightly odd boy, the type who easily attracts bullies because he's interested in sewing clothes instead of sports. Then one days he finds a friend, Jessica, only, well... he's the only one who actually can see or hear her. Cool, right? And because of Jessica, his able to become friends with Andi and Roland. The four of them form a bond that other misfit children will recognize. There's a twist about the relationships and Jessica, but it isn't the one my mind initially jumped to (not too far off, though). The writing is clear and tight, with humor and a great sense of how children that age talk and feel.
ARC provided by publisher.