When My Name Was Keoko
A stirring novel of South Korea during World War II where a family must secretly protect their flag, their folktales, and their Korean culture from the watchful eye of the Japanese occupation, written by a Newbery Medalist ("A Single Shard").
"This powerful and riveting tale of one close-knit, proud Korean family movingly addresses life-and-death issues of courage and collaboration, injustice, and death-defying determination in the face of totalitarian oppression." "Kirkus Reviews" with Pointers "A brother and sister alternate as narrators in Newbery Medalist Park's (A Single Shard) well-contructed novel, which takes place from 1940-1945 in Japanese-occupied Korea. . . .Through the use of shifting narrators, Park subtly points up the differences between male and female roles in Korean society; and the father's process of choosing the family's Japanese name speaks volumes about his strength and intelligence. . . . Readers will come away with an appreciation of this period of history and likely a greater interest in learning more about it." --"Publishers Weekly", Starred "Park is a masterful prose stylist, and her characters are developed beautifully. She excels at making traditional Korean culture accessible to Western readers." --"VOYA" (Voice of Youth Advocates) "The drama is in the facts about the war, and Park does a fine job of showing how the politics of the occupation and resistance affect ordinary people." --"Booklist", ALA What is outstanding is the insight Park gives into the complex minds of these young people. Each of them reacts to the events in different ways--Sun-hee takes refuge in writing while Tae-yul throws his energies into physical work. . . . This beautifully crafted and moving novel joins a small but growing body of literature[.] --"School Library Journal", Starred "Vivid...historical details heighten realism. The final scene shines with hope....a beautifully crafted story that delights as it informs." --"Riverbank Review "
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