The best way to make friends is to
be seen reading cool books. Here's a few I like (in no particular order).
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Only Gaiman can make a graveyard
seem like a sensible home for a lost child. Nobody Owen (Bod for short) grows
up among the graves and the headstones to learn that sometimes the best friends
aren't even alive. Boo!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine
L'Engle If, like me, your taste in books
runs toward the geeky side, then Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin's wild
adventures across time and space is for you. All the cool geeky kids know what
a tesseract is and soon you will too.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl You've got to admit, Willy Wonka
is pretty freaky. But not Charlie and his grandpa. The genius of Dahl is he
plays one against the other to get to a simple truth: winning the golden
ticket will get you lots of friends, but being willing to give it up will get
you a lot more.
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne I like Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit,
Kanga, and Roo. But I really like Eeyore. He's odd. And that's okay. Not all
friends have to be friendly all the time. Just some of the time.
Snoopy: Cowabunga! by Charles
Shultz Peanuts is the comic that inspired
me to become a cartoonist. Peanuts is a comic strip that seems to be about one
thing (childhood), but is really about everything (adulthood). Also, If Charlie
Brown can make friends, anyone can.
Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger Star Wars was never this funny. Or
clever. Read this you should do. Cool you will be. Friends you will make.
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by
Lincoln Pierce I was into Big Nate before it was
cool. I liked it back in prehistoric days when it was just a comic strip. I
like that Nate never gives up, never stops digging. Even when he's in over his
head. Especially when he's in he's in over his head.