Suzie Green has only dreamed of having a best friend. Someone to vent to, giggle with, and someone to help her face Millicent and the Select Seven at school every day. Those girls are boy crazy, talk in codes, and call Suzie “teacher’s pet.” It’s not easy being a teacher’s kid! And it’s not easy being eleven, going on twelve, without a best friend. Then Co Co Langdon moves in next door. Suzie has never met anyone like Co Co. First, she’s from France and has traveled all over the world. And second, she’s never been to school, having been tutored by the ultra-strict Mademoiselle. But now that Co Co is in America, she will go to school for the very first time. And Suzie will finally have a best friend by her side! First published in 1955, Best Friends follows two girls through one unforgettable school year as they take on mean girls, a cranky neighbor, boys, and a missing beloved neighborhood dog—but most of all, as they find out what it truly means to be best friends.
About the Author
Like Co Co in Best Friends, Mary Bard moved frequently as a child due to her father’s job. She attended kindergarten in Mexico City, first grade in New York, and second grade in Colorado. Later, she went to college at the University of Washington in Seattle, and she eventually settled with her family in the Seattle area. Best Friends is the first of three novels about Suzie and Co Co, which were published through the 1950s and 60s. Bard also wrote three autobiographical works for adults: Just Be Yourself, The Doctor Wears Three Faces, and Forty Odd.