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