Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split, 1

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$17.99  $16.73
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.7 X 7.6 X 0.7 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, where she read a lot of books and loved a lot of pets. She now tells and collects stories, makes up songs on her violin, and eats lots of cheese with her friends in Princeton, New Jersey, where she lives with her dog, Arugula. Find out more at and follow @AnicaRissi on Twitter.

Meg Park is a character designer and illustrator for clients including Disney, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Pictures. Meg lives in Scotland with her two cats Louie and Boo. She loves drawing, painting, and telling stories through her artwork.


"I've drawn rainbow sparkle hearts on every page of this book, because I love it that much. A perfect friendship story!"--Lauren Myracle, bestselling author of the Winnie Years series
"Fast-paced, fun, and funny. Girls will lap up this easy-breezy friendship story like a banana split--and the happy ending is the cherry on top!"--Megan McDonald, bestselling author of the Judy Moody series
"Well-rounded characters, sweet spot art, and a relatable plot that avoids didacticism make this an entertaining chapter book."--The Horn Book
"There's a surprising amount of tension as Anna struggles with her bafflement, narrated in an emotionally sensitive first-person voice. . . . A realistic story for sensitive kids."--Kirkus Reviews
Fans of Sara Pennypacker's Clementine, Hilary McKay's Lulu, and Anna Branford's Violet Mackerel will enjoy meeting Anna and her friends.--School Library Journal
"[T]he familiar trials of middle-grade friendship are likely to appeal to same-aged readers looking for a new chapter-book heroine."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books