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My Friend the Enemy by J.B. Cheaney
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Apr 23, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens, historical-fiction, middle-grades, intermediate
Read in April, 2012

This is my favorite (so far!) of Janie Cheaney's middle grade novels. I loved the characterization (and a main character who was a girl but to whom boys could relate as well), the dialogue (so hard to do well!), the glimpse into a little known part of WWII history (aftermath of Pearl Harbor on the NW Coast; Japanese-American relations), the open ending (hopeful, but not too tidy/wrapped up artificially), the plot (wow! didn't see it coming!), etc.

That being said, I think it's a touch long for the target audience. 4th/5th graders and up who enjoy reading will enjoy this one, but reluctant readers will probably need more action.

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