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On the day William and his family move into the parsonage in Plaintown, Kansas, he meets two boys who will also be high school freshmen. Clive is immediately hostile, introducing him as "Silly Willy" and "Preacher's Brat." During the first week of school Clive knocks William to the sidewalk and punches and pounds on him until Jim interferes. Jim and William quickly becomeOn the day William and his family move into the parsonage in Plaintown, Kansas, he meets two boys who will also be high school freshmen. Clive is immediately hostile, introducing him as "Silly Willy" and "Preacher's Brat." During the first week of school Clive knocks William to the sidewalk and punches and pounds on him until Jim interferes. Jim and William quickly become friends. They share many classes, band, and lunch. On Saturdays, they often go fishing. Late in the autumn, they camp out, and Jim demonstrates astonishing courage.But when Pearl Harbor is bombed, war divides the town and destroys William's friendship with Jim. Caught up in the mood of patriotism that sweeps the country, William is eager to do whatever he can to support the war effort. Jim, a Mennonite pacifist, won't even sing patriotic songs, much less help the war effort by collecting scrap iron and newspapers. Clive's brother is fighting in the Pacific, but Jim's brothers refuse to carry guns.Although William's father, the Methodist minister, preaches tolerance, Plaintown's "patriotic Americans" harass their Mennonite neighbors, accusing them of cowardice and of sympathy for the enemy. William finds himself alone and isolated, distanced from Jim and Jim's Mennonite friends, yet unwilling to surrender to the demands of Clive and Clive's friends. Drastic changes within William's family add to his distress.This novel about friendship and courage explores the issue of pacifism against the backdrop of World War II....

Title : Friends and Enemies
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ISBN : 9780689828225
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Friends and Enemies Reviews

  • Leto
    2019-03-04 10:42

    Friends and Enemies is about a boy named William who left a town in Kansas called Topeka and went to a town named Plaintown. He made a few friends in Plaintown, but most of the people there were his enemies, but he tried to make them his friends. Friends and Enemies is also about William being friends with a boy named Jim, who is also a German Mennonite. Once William acted mean to Jim because he kicked him in the leg, because he thought that Jim smashed some wood and planes that he had created at one of his jobs. He worked on a farm and at a house to make toy model planes. Jim said he didn't touch the planes. William replied, "Yes you did. I saw five planes smashed." I liked this book because of friendships that were made. It taught me that we should not be mean to our enemies but to make friends with them and not act like them even though it is hard. [read and reviewed by a 9 year old, typed by his mama]

  • Erica
    2019-03-01 12:35

    So far it talks about the war. It talks about religion. Which is Mennonites,Christians,Jews,and Nazis.It is about this boy who is a preachers son.Thre is the bully Clive. The preachers son makes model airplanes over the summer and displays them at the fair. He hears a call from the fair people. He rushes overto see that his model planes have been smashed. Who could have done such a thing? Jim,Barry or Clive!

  • Cws
    2019-03-18 09:13

    JAR5-Gae

  • Mackenzie
    2019-02-19 08:41

    I read this book for school. I wasn't excited for it but in the end I really liked this book. I wish there was more of a friendship between William and John.

  • Salmamunoz
    2019-03-08 07:19

    I really like this book its a good book you should read it