The Friends by Kazumi YumotoThe Friends by Kazumi Yumoto

The Friends

byKazumi YumotoTranslated byCathy Hirano

Paperback | October 5, 2005

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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.

Kazumi Yumoto has written several books, including The Letters. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.
Title:The FriendsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.6 × 5.15 × 0.5 inPublished:October 5, 2005Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374424616

ISBN - 13:9780374424619

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Editorial Reviews

"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