January 14, 2020

#BookReview: This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II by @AndrewFukuda @TorTeen


Synopsis: From award-winning YA author Andrew Fukuda comes The Light Between Us, a powerfully affecting story of World War II about the unlikeliest of pen pals--a Japanese American boy and a French Jewish girl--as they fight to maintain hope in a time of war.

"I remember visiting Manzanar Camp in California and standing in the windswept plains where over ten thousand internees were once imprisoned, their voices cut off. I remember how much I wanted to write a story that did right by them. Hopefully this book delivers."--Andrew Fukuda

In 1935, ten-year-old Alex Maki from Bainbridge Island, Washington is disgusted when he's forced to become pen pals with Charlie Levy of Paris, France--a girl. He thought she was a boy. In spite of Alex's reluctance, their letters continue to fly across the Atlantic--and along with them the shared hopes and dreams of friendship. Until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the growing Nazi persecution of Jews force them to confront the darkest aspects of human nature.

From the desolation of an internment camp on the plains of Manzanar to the horrors of Auschwitz and the devastation of European battlefields, the only thing they can hold onto are the memories of their letters. But nothing can dispel the light between them.
 


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Rating: ★★★★
My Review: This was a very heart breaking story of two young people that come together in a time when horrors were lived through that no one ever should have had to do so.  This is such a hard title to tell you about my love for it.  It was a wonderful must read historical fiction of 2020 and I couldn't put it down.  I think that the author did a wonderful job with painting a tale centered around the time of WWII.  I think those who loved the Book Thief and others like it would love this one. 
















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