Teach kids empathy with an old-school chapter book: Gene and Finny are best friends, but the nuances of their relationship teach how people can be of two minds on something in the classic bestseller A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Separate Peace

by John Knowles
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An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to World War II.

Set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

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