Published by Candlewick
Summary: Daniela’s next-door neighbor and best friend Evelyn is moving away. The girls get together and play one last time as Evelyn’s parents finish packing, and their mothers hug goodbye. Even though the girls promise to call every day and have a sleepover in the summer, Daniela knows that things won’t be the same after today. There are plenty of tears as the del Rey family drives away. Daniela’s mother assures her that she’ll make other friends, but Daniela knows that Evelyn will always have a special place in her heart as her first best friend. The last page shows a picture of an older Daniela happily looking through a box of letters and photos from Evelyn. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: This quiet story by Newbery medalist Meg Medina perfectly captures the emotions of two close friends who have to say goodbye. It both celebrates their friendship and shows their sadness in ways that will resonate with many readers.
Cons: Their neighbor, grouchy Mr. Miller, looks pretty darn scary.