Saturday, June 19, 2010

Best Friends Forever - A World War II Scrapbook by Beverly Patt

April 24, 1942

This is me, Louise Margaret Krueger, age 14.

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Summary: Fourteen-year-old Louise keeps a scrapbook detailing the events in her life after her best friend, a Japanese-American girl, and her family are sent to a relocation camp during World War II.

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish; 92 pages. Illustrations by Shula Klinger.


Sara F. Shacter said...

I love this book! Not only is it fascinating historically, but the tale of two best friends is just the ticket for any middle school child. The layout is also to die for -- it looks like an authentic scrapbook from the 1940's, with yellowed tape, etc. Truly a fabulous package.

Shari said...

Mock, Schmock, you are worthy! Congrats on a fantastic book in so many respects.

Jude Mandell said...

This book could be an award-winner, and definitely deserves the wonderful reviews it's gotten so far from SLJ, VOYA and Kirkus.

It's beautifully written and conceived--the story of two girls who refuse to let the struggles of war destroy a friendship they deeply treasure.

The fascinating and clever diary/scrapbook format executed so skillfully by Shula Klinger lends a sense of period authenticity that mirrors the authenticity of Bev Patt's well-developed cast of characters. What a treat!

Dawn said...

I love the wide range of 'stuff' added to the scrapbook - drawings, a certificate, newspaper articles, a seed packet, a flower, shrapnel, origami, paw prints, box of butter...