The Imaginary Friend

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
Samantha and Tracy have been best friends since kindergarten, but now that Tracy has gotten over her shyness and made new friends, Samantha is feeling left out. This is nothing compared to how she feels when a strange girl named Jessica tells Samantha that she’s actually an imaginary friend. Tracy has outgrown Samantha, and it’s time for Samantha to help another child who needs her. More
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About Kelly Hashway

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Review by: J Lenni Dorner on May 11, 2015 :
A short read well suited for younger readers.

It's a story that will assure children that it is okay to come out of their shell and grow-up. This seems aimed at comforting the reader in knowing that imaginary friends left behind will be all right. That they are here to do a job and will move on to do another when it's time.
(review of free book)

Review by: Chrys Fey on Oct. 18, 2014 :
The Imaginary Friend is clever, cute and so sweet. Kelly Hashway created a beautiful story about imaginary friends, their world and their jobs. Children who don't have an imaginary friend will sure want one after reading this story (or having this story read to them).

I had an imaginary friend when I was little, so this story spoke to my inner child. I couldn't help but smile at the end. Adults will enjoy this story just as much as kids!
(review of free book)

Review by: Heather Kerr on March 20, 2014 :
I have never felt so emotional over a short story before. I felt for Sam and the heart-ache she was going through. This would be a great book for a child who has recently had a friend move away (or similar situation). Great job Kelly!
(review of free book)

Review by: Ellen Fleischer on July 11, 2012 :
Sweet and sad and hopeful. A simple story that made my heart ache. Brava!
(review of free book)

Review by: Beverly Diehl on Oct. 06, 2011 :
Like many kids, I had an imaginary friend, but never thought about what happened to him when I abandoned him. This delightful short piece takes a look at how s/he must feel when that occurs - and what happens next.

It's very well written and the characters are very believable. Would recommend to any young person (or parent of same) going through that period of change and growth.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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