Win a copy of My Forever Friends! Details at the end of this post.

I’m Ida May and I’m feeling a little squished. That’s because I’m sitting on a piano bench between Jenna Drews and Brooke Morgan. I was saving half of the bench for my best friend, Stacey Merriweather, but Jenna budged in before Stacey could. Jenna is my sometimes friend. Then Brooke budged in on the other side of me. Brooke is my sometimes-not friend.

We’re all here, at Jenna’s house, for a shower. Not the wet kind. The party kind. Jenna’s mom is having a baby, so Brooke’s mom decided the PTA should give her a baby shower. Mrs. Drews is the PTA president. Mrs. Morgan is vice president, which means she and Mrs. Drews are supposed to get along.

Excerpt© 2011 Julie Bowe

About the book:

Not only does Ida May have the best, best friend ever in Stacey Merriweather, she’s also got a great best frenemy in Jenna Drews—so there’s always someone special to sit with on the bus and hang out with after school. But when Ida May’s best friend, her best frenemy, and the other girls in class start fighting, Ida isn’t sure she can stay friends with all of them or if she’ll have to choose sides. And if she has to pick just one friend, who should it be?

What people are saying:

“Throughout the [Friends for Keeps] series, Ida May has shown herself to be a sensitive girl juggling the ups and downs of friendship with thoughtfulness and wisdom. In My Forever Friends she exhibits a level of maturity which is simultaneously admirable and bittersweet. Young readers will see a girl they would like to emulate and love to be friends with themselves.”–Not Just for Kids

“I loved this one. Julie Bowe knows how to tell a good story.”–Becky’s Book Reviews

Released: July 7, 2011

About the author:

Julie Bowe grew up in Luck, Wisconsin. She is the author of the Friends for Keeps series: My Last Best Friend, which is perfect “for readers who have graduated from Sara Pennypacker’s ‘Clementine’ stories, Barbara Park’s ‘Junie B. Jones’ series, and Megan McDonald’s ‘Judy Moody’ books,” according to School Library Journal; My New Best Friend, My Best Frenemy, My Forever Friends, and the forthcoming My Extra Best Friend (Dial, 2012). She doesn’t live in Luck anymore, but she still feels very lucky to be a children’s author. Julie can be found online at and


Julie has been kind enough to contribute a prize pack for a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a personalized hardcover copy of My Forever Friends, a snazzy bookmark, and a very cute Friends for Keeps mini-button.

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The contest is open in the US and Canada and ends on July 20th at midnight EST.

Good luck and happy reading!