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The Friends

Title

The Friends

Authors

Kazumi Yumoto

Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Year

1996

ISBN

9780374424619

Pages

176 pages

Genre

realism

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Curious about death, three sixth-grade boys decide to spy on an old man waiting for him to die, but they end up becoming his friends.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

710L

Topic

Family Relationships; Family member death; Separation; death of a grandparent; separated parents

Main Character

male teenagers

Race/Ethnicities

Japanese

Family Formation

mother and father; single mother

Awards

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 1997, Winner, Fiction and Poetry
Mildred L. Batchelder Award, 1997, Winner
Best Children's Books of the Year, 1998 Nine & Up Today
Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Thirteenth Edition, 1997
Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 Stories: Nine to Twelve
Children's Books, 1996
Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1996
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000
Notable Children's Books, 1997 Middle Reader
Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of the Social Studies, 1996
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 1996 Fiction
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, Fiction
Sharing Cultures: Asian American Children's Authors, 2001
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2003
This Small World: a Glimpse of Many Cultures

Keywords

friendship; old age; Japan; stories; studying for exams; death

Diversity Impact

direct

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