Monday, September 14, 2009

When My Name Was Keoko, by Linda Sue Park

Shortly before the outbreak of WWII Japan began expanding its empire. This included overrunning Korea. Under Japanese rule the Korean people were forbidden to study Korean language, learn of their own history, or even fly their country's flag. Korean children were even given new Korean names!

Set against a backdrop of World War II is this tale of Kim Sun Lee, who during the day goes to school to learn Japanese language and culture, and returns home at night to secretly learn the Korea's time-honored ways. Tense with drama and intrigue, this is an exciting story that will spark many questions about this unique period in world history!

"You can feel the sympathy for the Koreans, and the author did a good job helping you (understand)." Haejin

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