The Friends

Kazumi Yumoto

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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

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Kazumi Yumoto

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

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

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Sunburst Paperbacks
October 2005
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ISBN: 9780374424619
ISBN10: 0374424616
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/8 x 7 5/8 inches, 176 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 4 to 8 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 710L
F&P Level A-Z: T
AR Quiz Number: 17772
AR Points: 6

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