Author: Sherry Helms
Enlisted below 10 worth reading Books on Friendship that our editorial team has shortlisted for our valuable readers after making thorough online research. Having titles specific for all – children, teenagers, and mature ones, this list has books that explore the authoritative bond of friendship and the power it lends us for making sacrifice, of being dependable, and to care and love in return.
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Set against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s political chaos, this book tells the story of Amir, a young boy living in Kabul with his father, and his close friendship with Hassan, son of his father’s servant. Amir feels he betrays Hassan by not coming to his aid when Hassan is set on by bullies and henceforth, forces Hassan and his father Ali to leave his father´s service. Then, Amir emigrates to U. S. with his father. Years later, he receives a letter from his father´s most trusted business partner which makes him return to Taliban dominated Afghanistan in search of the truth about himself and his family, and finally, a sort of redemption.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – A tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation, which is perfect for your kids to make them understand, without harming their vulnerability, the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return. This is the story about friendship, love and sacrifice of an apple tree for a little boy, and their affectionate relationship. This book by Shel Silverstein is counted among the most inspiring moral stories about friendship, ever.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien – This is the story about an unlikely friendship, proximity, understanding between a master and a servant. Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him – and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be detroyed – in the very center of Sauron’s dark kingdom.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. But, their dreams of owing a farm goes terrible wrong. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength.
The World of Pooh: The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner – A compilation of unique tales of friendship among Pooh, the cutest and the most friendly beer, and his friends in Hundred Acre Wood where everyone looking after each other. Perfect pick for kids, this book will teach children with unending fun about friendship and its value in life. In this book, lifelong devotees and new friends of the Bear of Very Little Brain will be glad to see all twenty of A. A. Milne‘s world-famous Winnie-the-Pooh stories brought together in one beautiful volume.
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry – With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers – a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village – will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.
Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner – This is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets. It’s about living through tragedy, finding love where you least expect it, and the ties that keep best friends together.
This is the story of two best friends – Addie Downs and Valerie Adler – who in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, departs with Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school’s scapegoat. Flash-forward fifteen years, Valerie meets again to Addie in a peculiar situation and tells her “Something horrible has happened, and you’re the only one who can help.”
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge – When orphan Maria arrives at Moonacre Manor, she feels as if she’s come home. Her new guardian is kind and funny, and everyone there is like an old friend. Soon, she has developed a touching bond of friendship with Miss Heliotrope, a peppermint-popping governess – because she can always be relied on to say the wrong thing. But beneath the beauty and comfort lies a tragedy. Maria is determined to find out about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending. This new-fashioned story is just as satisfying and memorable as your favorite fairy tale.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson – Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone. That’s not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares – A delightful story about four friends – Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget – this novel would be the best pick for girls. All these four friends appreciate the jeans that Carmen got at a thrift shop; which is worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach, and want to have them. Lena decides they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen who never thinks she looks good in anything, thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs they decide to form a sisterhood, and take the vow of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The next morning, they say good-bye. And now the journey of the pants, and the most memorable summer of their lives, begins.