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My Friend the Enemy by J. B. Cheaney

My Friend the Enemy

by J. B. Cheaney

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In this thought provoking World War II era tale of a young girl named Hazel, who finds out that her beloved neighbors are harboring an orphaned Japanese-American boy, she must make some hard choices and discover who she really is on the inside. Will she turn him in to be taken to a camp or will she help him?
Classroom Use: Discuss the actual events of Pearl Harbor and then discuss how the characters in the book were reacting. Ask the students how they would react and what would they do in Hazel's place. ( )
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Hating the Japanese was simple before she met Sogoji.

Pearl Harbor was bombed on Hazel Anderson’s birthday and she’s been on the lookout for enemies ever since. She scours the skies above Mount Hood with her binoculars, hoping to make some crucial observation, or uncover the hideout of enemy spies.

But what she discovers instead is a 15-year-old orphan, hiding out, trying to avoid being sent to an internment camp. Sogoji was born in America. He’s eager to help Hazel with the war effort. Is this lonely boy really the enemy?
In this thought-provoking story of patriotism, loyalty, and belonging, Hazel must decide what it means to be a true American, and a true friend.

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Since the bombing pf Pearl Harbor, Hazel has been on the lookout for the enemy. What she finds instead is a lonely boy hiding out to avoid being sent to an internment camp.

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