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Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  243 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
German-American Louise Kessler, 14, starts a scrapbook when her best friend, Dottie Masuoka, leaves for the Japanese internment camps. Louise’s scrapbook includes items from her life “on the home front” as well as Dottie’s letters and drawings from the internment camp. Together, their intertwined stories tell of a friendship that even war cannot tear apart.
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Two Lions (first published April 1st 2009)
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Margo Tanenbaum
Tweens are likely to identify strongly with the sensitively-drawn characters in Beverly Patt's new scrapbook/novel that tells the story of a close friendship between 14-year old Louise and her best friend Dottie Masuoka during World War II. Louise starts the scrapbook when the Masuoka family and all other Japanese families are "relocated" to internment camps at the beginning of the war; it's her way of keeping a record of everything that happens to share with Dottie upon her return, from the goi ...more
Jul 08, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
One of my mom's best friends wrote this book. It is so well-written and clever. It tells a story that a lot of the time is left untold. It is the story of a young girl in the Japanese Internment Camps. My grandfather was in the camps and Bev actually spoke to my aunt about life in the camps. My aunt's picture is on the front cover of the books. I recommend this book to everyone!
A good introduction to the Japanese American internment for middle graders unfamiliar with the topic. The scrapbook style format is engaging- a series of letters back and forth, newspaper clippings, etc. between two best friends, Japanese-American Dottie and German-American Louise. The writing is a bit clunky and contrived at times which I find often to be the case when reading faux diaries or letters. There is often something a bit off about the voice.
As for setting the story on Bainbridge feel
Alison Whiteman
Aug 28, 2016 Alison Whiteman rated it really liked it
Who doesn't remember the dry history textbooks we read as kids? We all recall dreading the test. Dates, names, places on a map, but honestly what did any of this mean to us as kids? Patt's book brings history alive and this is the best way to teach! Louise and Dottie are best friends. Dottie is Japanese American and is relocated to a temporary internment camp in Puyallup, Washington. The book is filled with their letters penned to one another and taped scraps from newspapers, etc.

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Feb 25, 2015 Jude rated it it was amazing
Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook is an excellent book, but due to the subject matter, I'm not sure that I can say I thoroughly "enjoyed" it. Informative and thought-provoking, BFF is the story of the Japanese internment camps in the U.S. during WWII, as seen through the eyes of two young teenaged girls. Dottie Masuoka, a third-generation Japanese American, and Louise Krueger are best friends. Their friendship is tested when Dottie and her family are "relocated" and incarcerated beh ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon-vine
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States government ordered the internment of all Americans of Japanese descent who resided along the West Coast. This dark chapter in American history is the focus of this story for young readers. Arranged in the form of a scrapbook, it tells the story of Louise Kueger, a teenage girl from Bainbridge Island in Washington during the war, as she struggles to maintain her relationship with her best friend, Dottie Masuoka, who ...more
W.H. Beck
Aug 03, 2010 W.H. Beck rated it really liked it
In 1942, 14-year-old Louise Krueger's best friend, Dottie Masuoka and her family have to leave their Washington state home and live in a camp with other Japanese Americans...just in case they are spies for Japan. The two friends miss each other terribly and this book is Louise's scrapbook for Dottie of what happens at home while she's gone.

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A fictional scrapbook by a girl whose best friend has been sent to a Japanese internment camp
Nov 06, 2010 Shelley rated it liked it
The girls largely felt much younger than their 14 years. I liked the story and I liked the format (especially the pictures), but I didn't like the way it ended so suddenly without resolution. Photos of her parents played Louise and Nick, so are we meant to take that as the ending of that story? Not a Newbery contender, imo.
Jan 11, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
i liked the book. it has vivid detail and great pictures. it's an easy read and it explaines what happens during WWII.BFF has an amazing story behind it. I didnt really like the cliffhanger ending. i would definitely recommend this book to someone.
Alex Baugh
Jun 17, 2014 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
I love to look at scrapbooks. They tell so much in the words and pictures the person keeping the scrapbook chooses to use. I always had scrapbooks for school, camp, and family when I was growing up. The 1940s was also a time when scrapbooks were a popular way of remembering important people, events and other things.

Louise Krueger, 14, begins her scrapbook on April 24, 1942, the day her best friend Dottie Masuaka has just left their Seattle neighborhood with her family to be ?relocated" along wi
Feb 26, 2017 Evan rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Best Friends Forever is a fictionalized narrative scrapbook that portrays the utterly saddening effects of the Japanese internment during World War II -- as seen through the lens of a fourteen year old girl. The format of this book suggests to me that it's meant for a young teenage audience, a group perhaps less likely to be interested in the nitty gritty of history as much as a glimpse into events they might otherwise view with dispassion. While the "dear diary" tone got a little too noticeable ...more
Janie  R. Freeman
Mar 04, 2017 Janie R. Freeman rated it it was amazing
A very sad story based on true events during the American Japanese Internment! Perhaps a thought of consolation is that during that time there were some that treated the Japanese with kindness and respect such as was the case in the friendship of Louis and Dottie, and their parents,even though they were harassed by haters.
Patricia Powell
Apr 29, 2013 Patricia Powell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
In the spring of 1942 the U.S. government imprisoned 110,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans who lived on the United States west coast after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. America declared war on Japan, and the fighting that had begun in Europe became World War II. The Japanese living in California were considered a threat to American safety.
“Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook” (Marshall Cavendish 2010) by Beverly Patt is the story of friends—an American girl of European descen
Mar 15, 2011 Joanie rated it liked it
The idea for this book was good. Based on a story told to the author by her mother, Beverly Patt created an excellent journal detailing what it was like to grow up as a teenager during World War II. Louise and Dottie are best friends, but after World War II broke out people with Japanese ancestry in America were sent to relocation centers in fear that they would turn against the United States. Dottie is a Japanese American teenager and her and her family are sent to a relocation camp. Louise and ...more
Laura Alcazar Prada
Sep 16, 2012 Laura Alcazar Prada rated it really liked it
Best Friends Forever by Beverly Patt is a story based in 1942-1943 America, during War World II. Louise Margaret, a 14 year old girl from America, is best friends with 14 years old, Dottie Masouka and she is a Japanese American. One day the two best friends get separated because Japan is at war with America, Dottie gets send to this camp for Japanese Americans and Japanese people that live in America. They promised each other that they would write letters as much as they could to keep in touch. ...more
Amy's Book Reviews
1.5-5 (most of the rating is for premise, not execution)

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER: A WWII SCRAPBOOK is a fictionalized account of the 1942 experiences of a white girl when her Japanese-American best-friend is sent to an internment camp. Fact and fiction are blended together to create this fictionalized scrapbook that uses some real images from the 1940s.
Figuring out the genre of the SCRAPBOOK was tricky, at first I assumed it was a long lost scrapbook. I had to do some digging on to figur
Beth G.
Louise Krueger and Dottie Masuoka have been best friends all their lives. They've been inseparable - going to school together, attending church together, and watching fireworks on the fourth of July together. Then, in the spring of their eighth grade year, Dottie's family, along with the other Japanese families in the Bainbridge Island area and all along the West coast, are "relocated" inland. Louise creates a scrapbook, bringing together photos, drawings, and letters. Dottie describes in detail ...more
Kindall Talley
Nov 29, 2010 Kindall Talley rated it really liked it
In this book Louise and dottie are best friends.This takes place in the time period that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. after they did so the US govnerment was very protective. They didnt want to take a chance at some of the Japanese being spies so they sent them all to a camp named camp harmony.since they couldnt talk in person Louise and Dottie wrote to each other letters and were kind of like pinpals.after a while at camp harmony they move the "japs" to a more permanent camp that had schoo ...more
Austin Guinto
Jan 11, 2011 Austin Guinto rated it it was amazing
this book was okay. i wish there was sequel. was a big fan because of it was about something i never heard of.if you write a sequel i will definitely read it. hope your write more books see ya :):):)

Melody Lutz
Jul 29, 2010 Melody Lutz rated it liked it
The format was engaging (a scrapbook chronicling the friendship of two 14 year old girls -- Dottie (Japanese-American) and Louise (German-American) -- after the former is sent to an internment camp). But the writing was clunky and contrived (e.g. "Isn't it strange that Dottie's verse talked about releasing prisoners, and now she's sort of a prisoner herself?" Siiigh). Louise moralizes from the get-go; imo, it would have been more interesting to watch her struggle with and overcome the moral dile ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 5-9 88 pgs

April 1942-Jan 5, 1943 Seattle, Washington/Puyallup Assembly Center/Camp Harmony.

14 year old Louise and her best friend 14 year old Dottie are separated when Dottie's family is forced to relocate to Puyallup Assembly Center and later to Camp Harmony. Louise starts a scrapbook (the book is formated like a scrapbook) to share with Dottie once she is allowed to come back. The scrapbook also includes letters written between the two friends. By reading the scrapbook, you learn about wha
Oct 18, 2011 Elena rated it really liked it
A great book for young adults. This is a scrapbook kept between two teen age girls, Dottie, who is forced into an interment camp during World War II and her best friend Louisa, who has promised to chronicle life on the outside for Dottie. It is a super fast read for young adults, and it is told through diary entries, letters and scraps that are both based on fiction and non fiction- for example, articles about the war, letters from a soldier. At the end of the novel the author explains what was ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
gr 5-9 88 pgs

April 1942-Jan 5, 1943 Seattle, Washington/Puyallup Assembly Center/Camp Harmony.

14 year old Louise and her best friend 14 year old Dottie are separated when Dottie's family is forced to relocate to Puyallup Assembly Center and later to Camp Harmony. Louise starts a scrapbook (the book is formated like a scrapbook) to share with Dottie once she is allowed to come back. The scrapbook also includes letters written between the two friends. By reading the scrapbook, you learn about wha
Mariah Vikander
Jan 05, 2012 Mariah Vikander rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
This is about two girls one is American and who is Japanese the Japanese girl and her family get taken to a camp where just Japanese people are and have to stay there for a long time. The American is taking care if the Japanese’s dog for her. It was a month after she left and the American girl got to go see her at the camp. But they could not go in the camp and they could not come out of the camp. So they stood by the gate and talked to each other. I liked this book because it was two friends th ...more
Katrina Miller
Mar 30, 2013 Katrina Miller rated it it was amazing
A really good book about two girls growing up during WWII. When Louise's friend, Dottie, is sent to live at a Japanese internment camp, she is shocked and confused on why this is happening. Promising to write one another until Dottie and her family are released, the girls experience what life is like if you're of Japanese descent during WWII. Louise suffers bullying at her high school because she still considers Dottie her friend, when her other friends begin to detest Japanese-Americans. At the ...more
Emily Wyss
Jan 11, 2011 Emily Wyss rated it it was ok
This book was really good. It was a good way to learn about World War two. Its a sad story with fun characters and a good plot. It tells a story about two best friends, one Japanese and one German, who are separated because one was taken to a Japanese concentration camp. It is a great way to show how different cultures in society were torn by the events of World War two. Not a big fan of the ending.

i am another student in the classroom.
this book is like potatoes. awesome and tasty, its like a
Kiley Robb
Jan 11, 2011 Kiley Robb rated it it was amazing
Bff was a good book about 2 friends who didnt give up on their friendship. through all the stuff and problems they went through they still stayed friends. i like the scrapbook with its details that look and feel like a real scrapbook was put in my hands. :)))))))))) the book had many twists like werner going to the war. the only thing that disappointed me was the ending ofcourse :(((((( it ended so soon and so many questions were unanwsered. i really hope their was going to be a sequel but that ...more
Penny Peck
Jun 07, 2014 Penny Peck rated it liked it
Shelves: children-ya
This is a solid look at WWII internment of Japanese-Americans, told alternately from the German-American friend left in Seattle and the Nisei girl who is removed to the camps. Although Louise makes the scrapbook, there are plenty of letters from Dottie, written while she is first at the assembly center and then the internment camp, which gives the book a nice balance. Although there really isn't anything new here, the scrapbook format will appeal to those who are reluctant readers, or who don't ...more
Jan 11, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle school children
There are a lot of things I have to say about this book, good and bad. To start out, this is a very interesting and has a great story to tell to young girls and boys. I absalutly love theformat. But, there is some take backs from the book. It ends VERY abruptly. I actually got a chance to meet the author and she said it wasn't her choice to end it that quickly. She actually agreed that it ended to fast but since it was a picture book, she had no choice. But over all, I really love this book. ;)
While I was initially pretty excited for a children's book about WWII Japanese internment camps, this one is just a little too rosy. We're talking about people who were involuntarily removed from their homes, allowed to bring minimal possessions, forced to shutter businesses, and held in camps for what was to be an indefinite period of time. Aside from a few brief descriptions of cramped living quarters and bad food, it sounds sort of humdrum. I like that the story was told from the point of vie ...more
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