cover image THE LETTERS


Kazumi Yumoto, , trans. by Cathy Hirano. . Dell/Laurel-Leaf, $5.50 (165pp) ISBN 978-0-440-23822-5

A six-year-old Japanese girl loses her father suddenly and moves to a tiny apartment in the suburbs. She finds solace in her elderly landlady and in writing letters to her father. "The author of The Friends once again addresses the subject of death with extraordinary grace and dignity," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (Nov.)