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May 27, Roxanne Russell rated it really liked it. This is the first book that my daughter has ever insisted I read. She read it for school this year. It is a young adult historical fiction story of a Pyongyang family experiencing Japanese occupation during World War II and then the devastation of realizing they are not free when the Japanese are defeated. I have never been exposed to a story about this period of time in Korea before. My education- which included a focus on history- only ever covered the US and European countries.
What a regrettab This is the first book that my daughter has ever insisted I read. What a regrettable gap. I'm glad to know this is in my daughter's curriculum. Feb 10, Brian Ham rated it it was amazing. Well, that was a bummer. Dec 01, Roxanne Coopchiak rated it really liked it. I think this book, is pretty emotional, I know the author wants to share how her childhood was and it's history but while I was reading this book I kept asking "Why?
This book is way to sad, but I really love interesting stories like this. I also wonder why the Russians, Japanese and Chinese love having war in Korea. It's getting to much for them to keep struggling for food and drinks. May 28, Jodi rated it it was amazing Shelves: library-free-shelf , historical-fiction , books-set-in-asia , young-adult. Very good book and the characters are very well-developed for a children's book.
I simply devoured it. So sad! As soon as I started reading I did remember it and the sock girls. Such horrible treatment of the Korean people. I was so glad Sookan Very good book and the characters are very well-developed for a children's book. I was so glad Sookan was able to escape with her family to the south.
As an elementary school teacher, I was rattled this time by how horribly the children were treated at school. They were belittled, and physically abused. They also learned nothing academic - they were simply being taught to rattle of the political agenda of the Japanese and to make weapons. I was shocked the little girls weren't even allowed to use the bathroom, and several had accidents while at school so sad. I remember that the sock girls were sent away by the Japanese to help in the war efforts but it didn't strike me what their true purpose was until this reading.
So sad and so deep for a children's book.
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May 01, Woojae rated it it was amazing. This book is about a family's life in Korea during the Korean War Known as the 6. Sookan the sister of the family is brave and protects her younger brother.
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There father is in Manchuria for Japanese-resistant movement and there three older brothers are camped in the labor camp of Japan. After the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan surrenders and the Pacific war ends. The family now is happy and dreams a better life. However, there dream is suppressed by the communist Russia controlling North Korea. There only hope is there escape to American-controlled South Korea.
Sookan, bravely take cares of her brother and successfully escapes to South Korea. View 1 comment.
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May 26, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult-fiction. For me personally, I respect this book for introducing an oft-overlooked portion of World War II and the years beyond- Korea's occupation by Japan and ultimately America and Russia splitting the country in two.
After a dreary existance under the Japanese, young protagonist Sookan falls under the influence of the communist Russians and must escape with her family to the south. Underneath all of the specifics is a formula story about escaping oppression and coming of age, but it was told so beauti For me personally, I respect this book for introducing an oft-overlooked portion of World War II and the years beyond- Korea's occupation by Japan and ultimately America and Russia splitting the country in two.
Underneath all of the specifics is a formula story about escaping oppression and coming of age, but it was told so beautifully. I was captivated. Apr 14, Blythie Colvin rated it it was amazing. View 2 comments. Jan 21, Eddie Hahm rated it really liked it.
It wasn't the best book because the action in the story happened too fast like the author just dumped all the events together. So the tension was there but there wasn't a lot of tension. But it had an interesting setting and plot that caught my attention. Dec 12, Parker M. View all 3 comments. Feb 11, Jason Kim rated it it was ok. I just didn't really like it. Amazing book but not as emotional as many other Korean War memoirs I've read before.
Aug 13, Heesung Tae rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There was a time when all the Koreans had to suffer. There was time when all the Koreans had to go through harsh lives. Crises threatened them on two separated occasions, and this is what happened during last years. We live without a big conflict in our lives. But during Japanese colonial era, which continued for about 35 ye There was a time when all the Koreans had to suffer. Koreans were forced to work and work for Japanese, but there was nothing coming back for them.
People who desperately longed for their freedom joined in the Korean independence movement. But if they were found by Japanese, most of them were cruelly killed and the others were arrested to be tortured. When the Koreans finally escaped from this horrible period of time, the second problem came for them just after few years. Korea was divided into the North and South, by 38th Parallel. Some families were torn apart, and many North Koreans escaped to South.
She had 3 older brothers, 1 oldest sister and 1 younger brother. The other 3 older brothers were sent to the labor camps. When I read about half of the book, the Japanese colonial era finally ended.
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Soon Russia took over North Korea and people were brainwashed to believe that communism is the best. When I watched the news and read newspapers, North Korean government was saying nonsense to the people and I wondered how could people believe those lies. Even I was hard to decide whether I should believe them or not. Later in the book, Sookan, Inchun little brother and their mother try to escape North Korea.