To be Published in 2020 by Familius

BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends) Book Cover

(Final Book Cover to be Revealed in 2019)

Let’s face it, friendships can be challenging. Most girls, as well as their mothers, aunts, friends and teachers have strong memories of social struggles. BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? Girls Guide to Happy Friendships tackles friendship struggles head-on, leaving readers (ages 8-12) informed and empowered as they navigate the tricky world of friendship.

Social struggles for girls intensify in the middle grades, negatively impacting self-confidence and personal power. Using an original, practical framework , BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? Girls Guide to Happy Friendships helps girls gain a deeper understanding of friendship.  Quizzes, real stories and activities decipher healthy vs. unhealthy relationships and how to navigate struggles with confidence.

Girls (and the parents, teachers, librarians and caring adults in their lives) want to know What do I do in this situation? Why does this friendship feel so bad? Are other girls going through this? BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends) answers these questions. But more importantly, the book gives girls a new perspective on friendship using language and tools that are practical and relatable.


“Many girls struggle with friendship issues in elementary and middle school. This book provides a clear roadmap for girls to successfully navigate difficult friendships while helping them gain social awareness, skills and confidence in the process.” – Dr. Cherylee E. Hirsch, Psy.D., School Psychologist

“As a classroom teacher for the past 11 years, I have supported girls with establishing and figuring out how to foster healthy female friendships. Girls Guide to Happy Friendships touches on all aspects and themes of positive friendships. I recommend this book for all girls.” – Aurora Sidell, Elementary School Teacher

“I really loved this book! It helped me understand my friendships a lot better. The quizzes and activities are really fun. I like all the stories about other girls too. I realized that lots of girls have friendship struggles, not just me.”  – Gigi (Age 9)

“I loved this book! The real-life scenarios really helped. I feel more experienced in friendships after reading this book. Thank you!Lyla (Age 10)