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The Friendship
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First edition
Author Mildred D. Taylor
Illustrator Max Ginsburg
Country United States
Language English
Genre African-American Literature
Publisher hardback, Dial, paperback, Puffin
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 56 pp
ISBN 0-8037-0417-8
OCLC 14965647
LC Class PZ7.T21723 Fr 1987

The Friendship is a children's novella by Mildred Taylor. Published in 1987, it is set in 1933 in Mississippi and deals with the unfair treatment of African Americans.


Mr. Tom Bee, an elderly black man, twice saved the life of a white storekeeper when he was a boy. The boy, John Wallace, was grateful and even allowed Mr. Bee to always call him by his first name. However, years later, Mr. Wallace does not allow Mr. Bee to call him John, while he and even his son call him Tom, which he can do nothing about. Their friendship is ultimately put to the test, which four black children witness. Later Mr. Tom Bee is shot by John Wallace. Mr. Tom Bee crawls away, cursing John Wallace and refusing to give up calling him John.


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