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Friends and Enemies


Author: Gaeddert  Louann
Publisher: Atheneum
Subject/Category: 6-8
Year Reviewed:: 2006
ISBN: 0689828225
Review: Moving to a new town when he is about to start his freshman year in high school isn't easy for William, the son of a Methodist minister. On his first day in Plaintown, Kansas, he meets both Clive, a fellow Methodist and a bully, and Jim, a Mennonite who becomes a good friend. Just as William is beginning to feel at home, Japanese bombs fall on Pearl Harbor, and what were just interesting discussions about war become heated. In a community with a significant population of Mennonites, the question of patriotism vs. pacifism is very real.

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