MY FRIEND THE ENEMY by J.B. Cheaney

MY FRIEND THE ENEMY

Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

War is a complicated thing for 11-year-old Hazel Anderson. Everyone knew how Mr. Erickson’s nephew Sam had a rough time in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, and now her friend Jed, who’s been like a big brother to her, is missing in action, perhaps imprisoned or dead. Her new friend Sogoji has been sent to a Japanese internment camp, and her new teacher, the community’s own war hero, has turned out to be a deserter on the lam. Hazel comes to realize so many things are beyond her control, but perhaps there’s room in the world for someone willing to act kindly, to be a friend who can hope for Sogoji’s return to a more welcoming community. Hazel stands up for her friend when many in her community do not, willing to make her name Mud in order to do what’s right. This powerful work deftly explores how war affects a community, when the identity of friend, enemy and hero is sometimes difficult to discern. Fans of Cheaney’s Elizabethan thrillers The Playmaker (2000) and The True Prince (2004) will find this equally compelling. (author’s note) (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: July 12th, 2005
ISBN: 0-375-81432-9
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2005




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