5 stars for Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green.
Narrated by Max’s imaginary friend Budo. Max is different from other kids, he keeps everything inside himself. His parents want him to be like other kids, but are also considering sending Max to a special school. Max would rather everything stay the same, he doesn’t like change.
Budo has troubles of his own. He can only live if Max imagines him and he knows he has lasted longer than other imaginary friends. Not only Max can see Budo, other imaginary friends can see and communicate with each other. Max tries to help Budo along the way, worrying what will happen to him when Budo moves on.
This is an adventure tale with a kidnapping, trustworthy teachers and a dastardly teacher aid. Will Budo be able to help Max this time? How much longer will Max need Budo in his life? Once you don’t need an imaginary friend where do they go?
A heartening tale for readers age 10 – 100, good lessons for all ages.