2024 Events

  • February 6, 2024: After School Book Party celebrating the release of Not the Worst Friend in the World (The Learning Tree, Prairie Village, KS 3:00-6p.m.)
  • February 29, 2024: Book Talk and Writing Workshop with Three Sisters Book Club (Rainy Day Books, Fairway, KS 6:30-8p.m.)
  • March 16, 2024: Book Signing (KD’s Books, Lee’s Summit, MO 11:00a.m.-1p.m.)
  • April 12, 2024: Children’s Literature Festival (Truman State University, Kirksville, MO)
  • June 25, 2024: StoryPalooza (The Learning Tree, Prairie Village, KS)
  • November 21-24, 2024: NCTE Annual Convention (Boston, MA)

Media and Interviews

  • Guest post for Teen Librarian Toolbox: “The Power of Foundational Friendships.” Read it here.
  • An interview with Natalie at Literary Rambles blog. Read it here.
  • An interview with Stephanie at Steph’s Story Space blog. Read it here.
  • SWBWI Kansas/Missouri Featured Author: February 2024. Read the interview here.

Reviews for Not the Worst Friend in the World

  • Starred review from Booklist: “Grounded in everyday details of her life in her home, school, and church, Lou’s narrative becomes increasingly involving as she hunts for clues, attempts to evaluate people, debates with herself, and tries to do the right thing. An engaging story told from a convincingly tween-age perspective.” Read the full review here.
  • Starred review from The Horn Book: “In this pitch-perfect middle-grade novel, Lou (short for Louise) copes with her deep shame over some unkind words she said in anger to Francie, her (now former) best friend. The mystery and plentiful conversation help keep the momentum going all the way to the end.” Read the full review here.
  • Starred review from Kirkus: “This story takes on weighty topics from imperfect parents to faith and belief and presents them with such an empathetic yet light, matter-of-fact touch that they feel completely realistic, while still allowing for the friendships to take center stage. The mystery will reel readers in, while the emotions and relationships make this a book to savor.” Read the full review here.
  • Review from Publisher’s Weekly: “Debut author Rellihan adeptly renders Lou’s pain from her broken friendship.” Read the full review here.
  • Review from School Library Journal: “There are no clear heroes and villains here. Just characters who are realistically flawed, their shortcomings lovingly rendered, and the turmoil of sixth grade friendship empathetically depicted. VERDICT A highly recommended story about friendship, family, and growing pains.” Read the full review here.


Publisher’s Weekly announcement of Anne’s debut middle grade novel, Not the Worst Friend in the World. (Holiday House, 2/6/24).