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A Boy No More
ISBN: 9781416914044
Author: Mazer, Harry
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: March 2006
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: In this follow-up to his acclaimed "A Boy at War," Mazer explores what loyalty, friendship, and patriotism mean during World War II.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Military & Wars
Library of Congress Subjects:
World War, 1939-1945; United States; Juvenile fiction.
World War, 1939-1945; United States.
Japanese Americans; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2006006702
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 5.00" W
Bargain Category: Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Middle School, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:


Adam Pelko witnessed something horrible: the sinking of the USS "Arizona" during the attack on Pearl Harbor -- with his father aboard. Since then, Adam and his mother and sister have moved to California, where they are trying to rebuild their lives.

But no matter where Adam goes, he can't get away from the effects of the war. His best friend, Davi, has asked for help. Davi is Japanese American, and his father has been arrested, taken to Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp.

Adam isn't sure what to do. If he goes to Manzanar and starts asking questions, he could be risking his own life. But can he simply do nothing and risk losing Davi's friendship forever? Are Davi, his father, and all the other Japanese Americans taken from their homes responsible for what happened at Pearl Harbor?

In this riveting follow-up to his acclaimed book "A Boy at War," Harry Mazer explores questions of friendship and loyalty against the backdrop of World War II, a time when boys had to grow up fast.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring)
After his father's death at Pearl Harbor, Adam's family moves to California and his Japanese-American friend Davi asks him to deliver a message to a family member at an internment camp. The plot relies on too many coincidences and the final chapters seem tacked on, but fans of [cf2]A Boy at War[cf1] may be interested in this fast-paced sequel. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 October #1)
Adam Pelko returns in A Boy No More by Harry Mazer, a follow-up to A Boy at War. PW called the first book "a vivid account of the [Pearl Harbor] attack and subtle suggestions of the complexities of Japanese-American relations." Adam, his mother and his sister move to California, and Adam receives a letter from a friend, asking Adam to deliver a letter to an internment camp in nearby Fresno, where the friend's father has been taken. He agrees to help, despite a tide of anti-Japanese sentiment. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2004 September)
Gr 5-9-Adam Pelko's father was killed in Pearl Harbor when the USS Arizona was bombed. Now, the boy, his mother, and sister have moved from Hawaii to California in the midst of America's involvement in World War II. He receives a letter from his Japanese-American friend, Davi Mori, in which Davi tells him that his father is being held in an internment camp in California and asks for Adam's help in finding him. The teen struggles with loyalty to his friend and disobeying his late father's wishes and his mother's determination to keep him from getting involved. In this fast-paced book, readers see the loyalty and risks that must sometimes be taken for friendship. Although this book can stand alone, those who read A Boy at War (S & S, 2001) will have a greater understanding of Adam's friendship and the dilemma he faces.-Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.