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Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2021
As I finished “Boy Underground” my eyes were tearing up. This is a beautifully written story of friendship and loss by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Beginning in 1941 in a rural farm community near Fresno, four high school boys become fast friends. Steve is the son of a prosperous rancher, the others Suki, Ollie, and Nick are sons of farm workers. Steve’s parents say he should choose his friends more carefully, it might tell on their family. Then Pearl Harbor and Suki and his family are now threats. But the friends remain fast. When Suki and his family are “relocated” to Manzanar, you might say another character is added, the family dog Akira who is left behind with Steve and continues to be a presence throughout the story. There are trips to the Sierra and talks under the stars and in dark and light places. I had friends who were in Manzanar and one who was born there. I shared the boys’ trips to the Sierra and at the end the reunion in Yosemite. In a way this was an intensely personal book to read. A tale beautifully told. And received.
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