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For fans of The Librarian of Auschwitz, This Light Between Us is 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 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, 10-year-old Alex Maki from Bainbridge Island, Washington, is disgusted when he’s forced to become pen pals with Charlie Lévy 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.

©2020 Andrew Fukuda (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winner 2021

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This Light Between Us is a fabulous story. The story is about two young people, who are about to get caught up in WW2. A Jewish girl living in Paris and a Japanese boy living on Bainbridge Is., Washington State USA.
This book gives a very different perspective of the war. I hope you enjoy, I sure did!

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Such insight into our past, sucks you right in.

loved it finished the whole book in less than 3 days could not put it down.

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Captivating story with outstanding narration.

The story was captivating. The narration was the best I've heard. The ending chapters left me emotionally spent. Highly recommend this novel.

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Terrific book

Extremely well written and narrated. I can highly recommend this book. Brings humanity to history of WW2.