A Beautiful Friendship is the first of the Star Kingdom YA series by David Weber. Being a David Weber fan boy, especially an Honor Harrington fan, made this one a must read. It tells the story of the first meeting between Treecats and H10894503umans, a meeting that just happens to include Honor Harrington's ancestor, Stephanie Harrington. I found this book to be a great introduction into the larger Honorverse. It was great to share a true science fiction book with a younger audience, and with a female heroine to boot.
Stephanie Harrington sets out to find the culprit behind the families missing celery plants, and stumbles upon Climbs Quickly, a young treecat scout caught red handed sneaking out of the greenhouse. Stephanie and Climbs Quickly develop a special bond, and spend the rest of the book growing to understand each other, all while trying to protect the treecats from further encroachment.
Adult fans will want to read for all of the interesting information on the treecats, and it will help them better understand Honor Harrington's relationship with Nimitz. I read A Beautiful Friendship right before starting Ashes of Victory (#9 of the Honor Harrington main series), and found the information ties perfectly into the advancements they were making with the inter-species relationships in that book.
I would rate this a solid 5 stars. High recommendations for any Harrington fans that are looking for a book to share with their teenage readers, and for anyone else that is looking for an upbeat sci-fi/fantasy YA read instead of all the dystopian future books out there. You can even find teacher's guides for the book here on the publisher's website , Baen.com