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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0440407591
ISBN-13: 9780440407591
Sku: 30067598
Publish Date: 2/1/1993
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  176
Age Range:  14 to College
Following the end of World War II, Sookan and her young brother risk hardship, hunger, separation from their mother, and danger to escape from the oppression of Soviet-occupied North Korea to the other side of the thirty-eighth parallel *Author: Choi, Sook Nyul *Publication Date: 1993/02/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 4-6 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 7.75
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It is 1945, and courageous ten-year-old Sookan and her family must endure the cruelties of the Japanese military occupying Korea. Police captain Narita does his best to destroy everything of value to the family, but he cannot break their spirit. Sookans father is with the resistance movement in Manchuria and her older brothers have been sent away to labor camps. Her mother is forced to supervise a sock factory and Sookan herself must wear a uniform and attend a Japanese school.Then the war ends. Out come the colorful Korean silks and bags of white rice. But Communist Russian troops have taken control of North Korea and once again the family is suppressed. Sookan and her family know their only hope for freedom lies in a dangerous escape to Americancontrolled South Korea.Here is the incredible story of one family's love for each other and their determination to risk everything to find freedom.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.
This autobiographical novel tells of ten-year-old Korean girl Sookan and her family's suffering under the hands of first the Japanese and then the Russians. Finally, she and her brother make a harrowing escape to American-controlled South Korea to find freedom and a new life. The adventures of Sookan continue in the sequel "Echoes of the White Giraffe".


"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."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   10
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0176
Product attributePublisher:   Yearling Books
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