Friends for Life (Paperback)

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A quiet boy, a lonely ghost and two other outcasts form a group and a bond in this lovely story about bullying and the power of friendship and connection. Ages 10-13.

— Alison


When Jessica sits next to Francis on a bench during recess, he's surprised to learn that she isn't actually alive--she's a ghost. And she's surprised, too, because Francis is the first person who has been able to see her since she died.

Before long, Francis and Jessica are best friends, enjoying life more than they ever have. When they meet two more friends who can also see Jessica, the question arises: What is it that they have in common? And does it have something to do with Jessica being a ghost?

About the Author

Andrew Norriss is the Whitbread Award-winning author of Aquila (Puffin, 1997). He taught English for ten years before becoming a full-time writer. He has created and co-written several successful British sitcoms, including a few adaptations of his children's books. He lives in Hampshire, England. Visit him online at

Praise For…

Praise for Friends for Life:

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015

* "Norriss (I Don't Believe It, Archie!) has written a sensitive novel that illustrates how easy it is to feel alone, the ways differences can be isolating, and the power of friendship and connection. This memorable story will leave readers thinking about how small actions can have a significant impact." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[A] simple, quiet story about the effects of bullying and the power of friendship." -- nBooklist

"Without shying away from the bullying, clinical depression, and deep despair ('The Pit') that affect his young characters, Norriss employs a sensitive and light touch, balancing moments of sadness and pathos with others of joy and humor." -- Horn Book

"This British import will resonate with readers long after they finish the final page." -- School Library Connection

"An appealing afterlife account with an important message." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This is a creative approach to a serious subject; Norriss provides a touching, accessible, and ultimately hopeful portrayal of depression that will feel ringingly true to young readers who have spent time in their own 'Pit'." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9781338196375
ISBN-10: 1338196375
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Publication Date: March 27th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English