Book Review of
This Light Between Us
In 1935, ten-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.
This Light Between Us is one of the books that I picked up to continue learning more about Japanese Internment camps during WWII. It is considered YA historical fiction and was published in 2019.
Andrew Fukuda does an excellent job in combining two totally different parts of WWII history into one. Alex is a Japanese teenage boy living on a farm in American. Charlie is a Jewish teenage girl living in France. Through their pen pal letters, they share their stories of life before and during WWII.
This Light Between Us reminds us that of the importance of family, friends, and of always doing the right thing. I do not read a lot of YA books, but I thought this one was well done YA historical fiction