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Can a ship carrying Friendship Dolls to Japan be Lexie’s ticket to see her fun-loving mother again? A heartwarming historical novel inspired by a little-known true event.

It’s 1926, and the one thing eleven-year-old Lexie Lewis wants more than anything is to leave Portland, Oregon, where she has been staying with her strict grandparents, and rejoin her mother, a carefree singer in San Francisco’s speakeasies. But Mama’s new husband doesn’t think a little girl should live with parents who work all night and sleep all day. Meanwhile, Lexie’s class has been raising money to ship a doll to the children of Japan in a friendship exchange, and when Lexie learns that the girl who writes the best letter to accompany the doll will be sent to the farewell ceremony in San Francisco, she knows she just has to be the winner. But what if a jealous classmate and Lexie’s own small lies to her grandmother manage to derail her plans? Inspired by a project organized by teacher-missionary Sidney Gulick, in which U.S. children sent more than 12,000 Friendship Dolls to Japan in hopes of avoiding a future war, Shirley Parenteau’s engaging story has sure appeal for young readers who enjoy historical fiction, and for doll lovers of all ages.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published on November 14, 2017 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763697796
ISBN-13: 9780763697792
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  • tacosforlife
    tacosforlifeThursday, December 22, 2016 at 4:46 pm55 stars
    Something Lexie dreams of is o leave her grandparents behind and return with her loving mother.Will that dream become true? Lexie's class has been raising money to raise and send a friendship doll to Japan.The reward for going to San Francisco,CA for writing the best letter to join a doll,motivated her. And that's how she knew she had to write the best letter in order to meet her mother.Know that's just the beginning,fair and square!

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