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 American children sent
more than twelve thousand Friendship Dolls to Japan in hopes of avoiding a
future war, Shirley Parenteau’s engaging story has sure appeal for young
listeners who enjoy historical fiction, and for doll lovers of all ages. Download and start listening now!