Anna, Banana, and the Monkey in the Middle

(Book Two in the Anna, Banana series)

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Anna is lucky to have two best friends—it makes everything twice as fun. She’s excited to go with both Sadie and Isabel on their class trip to the zoo.

But when Anna’s two best friends start choosing opposite sides on everything, Anna feels caught in the middle. Sadie wants Anna to see the spiny anteater with her, but Isabel wants to visit the tortoise instead. When Isabel pulls Anna toward the camel house, Sadie yanks her toward the giraffes. It’s like they’re playing a game of tug-of-war and Anna is the rope!

How can Anna keep the peace without causing double trouble?

With a little help from her beloved dog, Banana, as well as some unexpected advice from her family, Anna tries to figure out what it means to be a best friend to two very different people...while still being true to herself.



"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

"Readers should find this gentle conflict easy to relate to." —Kirkus

"Anna is a likable protagonist....The familiar trials of middle-grade friendship are likely to appeal to same-aged readers looking for a new chapter-book heroine." —The Bulletin

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"What's your favorite animal?" Sadie asked. It sounded like a normal question, but it felt like a test.

"Banana!" I said. Which was true, of course.

"No, what's your favorite zoo animal?" Sadie said. "Which do you like better, zebras or pandas?"

It felt like she was asking which I liked better, Sadies or Isabels. It felt like she'd been wondering that all day long.

My heart was beating faster than a bumblebee's wings. How could I get her to stop expecting me to choose?

—From Anna, Banana, and the Monkey in the Middle


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Hardcover ISBN: 9781481416085 ebook ISBN: 9781481416108     Paperback ISBN: 9781481416092

Published on July 7, 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Also available in Danish and Hebrew