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The Friends

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

In this award-winning book from Japan, three young boys curious about death learn--and teach--some valuable lessons about life and friendship.

The Friends is the winner of the 1997 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Fiction.
In this award-winning book from Japan, three young boys curious about death learn--and teach--some valuable lessons about life and friendship.

The Friends is the winner of the 1997 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Fiction.

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Praise for The Friends

"In this graceful first novel, the funeral of one boy's grandmother excites a curiosity about death in three Japanese schoolboys . . . An offbeat and unsentimental coming-of-age story." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"An eloquent initiation story that first touches and then pierces the heart . . . The passage of the time and the nature of mutability are poetically expressed in this warmly humorous narrative, deserving of equally high marks in kid appeal and literary merit." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly

"A book about death that espouses the pure joy in life." -- School Library Journal
"In this graceful first novel, the funeral of one boy's grandmother excites a curiosity about death in three Japanese schoolboys . . . An offbeat and unsentimental coming-of-age story." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"An eloquent initiation story that first touches and then pierces the heart . . . The passage of the time and the nature of mutability are poetically expressed in this warmly humorous narrative, deserving of equally high marks in kid appeal and literary merit." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly

"A book about death that espouses the pure joy in life." -- School Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Kazumi Yumoto has written several books, including The Letters. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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The Friends

Mildred L. Batchelder Award, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, IBBY Honor Books
  • Trade Paperback

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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