|It is 1945, and life has been turned upside-down for ten-year-old Sookan and her family. As the Japanese military occupy North Korea, police captain Narita does his best to destroy everything of value to Sookan''s family, but he cannot break their spirit. The war ends, but new suppression starts, and Sookan''s family knows their only hope is a dangerous escape to South Korea. ALA Best Book for Young Adults.|
"Readers cannot fail to be uplifted by this account of the triumph of the human spirit in an unjust world." "This is a novel both artless and artful, both revealing of a complex culture and moving in its statement of human rights...Readers will find themselves moved back in time and forward in spirit."