Friendship through Fiction: An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories

By Holly Thompson (Editor)
(Stone Bridge Press, Paperback, 9781611720068, 384pp.)

Publication Date: March 2012

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One year after the tsunami, this benefit fiction anthology helps teens learn about Japan and contribute to long-term relief efforts.

About the Author

Holly Thompson ( is a longtime resident of Japan and author of the young adult verse novel Orchards (Delacorte/Random House, 2011), which was nominated for a 2012 YALSA/ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults award. She is also the author of the picture book The Wakame Gatherers (Shen’s Books, 2007) and the novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press, 2001). She is a regular contributor to the Double Take column of All Nippon Airway’s Wingspan magazine, and serves as Regional Advisor for the Tokyo chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She has taught creative and academic writing at Yokohama City University for many years and often gives presentations on writing craft. Visit her Hatbooks blog ( on writing, teaching, living and learning, mostly in Japan.

Praise For Tomo

"These stories truly surprised me with their depth, literary quality, and heart. I loved them all!" - Debbi Michiko Florence, author of Japan: A Kaleidoscope Kids Book

"As the winds blow through the tales and understanding blossoms in the lives of teenage protagonists, a real live vision of hope, peace and renewal is formed which brings a full circle to the meaning of 'Friend'...In this ripe time for healing just before the one year anniversary of 3/11/2011, make a new friend - the book called Tomo." - Japan Visitor

"There is plenty for adults to enjoy here, too." - JQ Magazine

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