* Launch Party for Cathleen Barnhart's "That's What Friends Do." All welcome

On Sunday, February 2, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, come celebrate the release of Cathleen Barnhart's That's What Friends Do.  Cathleen will be reading and signing her novel directed to middle-graders, which Kirkus Reviews calls "A worthy, timely, ambitious debut."  Light refreshments will be served.  Kids very very welcome.

A heartfelt and powerful debut novel for fans of Erin Entrada Kelly and John David Anderson, That’s What Friends Do is a book for anyone learning how to have the hard conversations about feelings, boundaries, and what it means to be a true friend. 

Samantha Goldstein and David Fisher have been friends ever since they met on their town’s Little League baseball team. But when a new kid named Luke starts hanging out with them, what was a comfortable pair becomes an awkward trio. Luke’s comments make Sammie feel uncomfortable—but all David sees is how easily Luke flirts with Sammie, and so David decides to finally make a move on the friend he’s always had a crush on.  Soon things go all wrong and too far, and Sammie and David are both left feeling hurt, confused, and unsure of themselves, without anyone to talk to about what happened.  As rumors start flying around the school, David must try to make things right (if he can) and Sammie must learn to speak up about what’s been done to her.


* “A dazzling debut, That’s What Friends Do is a gorgeous, heartbreaking, and deeply felt tribute to the power of friendship.” (Paul Griffin, author of When Friendship Followed Me Home)
* "The book opens the doors to honest and truthful experiences of damage as a result of gender stereotypes that painfully impact both girls and boys." (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))
* “A careful introduction to consent and sexual harassment for a middle-grade audience... A worthy, timely, ambitious debut.” (Kirkus Reviews)
* "Readers who are beginning to navigate more complicated emotions and personal boundaries will appreciate this story which deftly handles sensitive topics like inappropriate touching and body autonomy." (School Library Journal)


Cathleen Barnhart holds a BA in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. That’s What Friends Do is her first published novel.

Event date: 
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
37 Spencer Place
Scarsdale, NY 10583
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ISBN: 9780062888938
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Published: HarperCollins - January 28th, 2020