A step from heaven

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Front Street, Apr 1, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 156 pages
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When she is five, Young Ju Park and her family move from Korea to California. During the flight, they climb so far into the sky she concludes they are on their way to heaven -- that Heaven is in America!

Life in America, however, is far more difficult than the Parks dreamed. Jobs are scarce and money is even scarcer. Young Ju's father soon becomes so depressed and angry that he loses the ability to control his own behavior, his drinking increases, and he hurts his family both emotionally and physically. Dominated by the mores and traditions of their native land, her family is ill-equipped to function in the world they've chosen and they each respond in a way true to their character.

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Young Ju moves from Korea when she is four years old with her mom and dad to America. When they first move she thinks she is going to heaven only to be disappointed with what she finds instead. The ... Read full review

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This book starts when Ju is four and continues through college and has a constant theme of how she is dealing with immigrating to America AKA Heaven. Ju has a hard time fitting in according to her ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

An Na was born in Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. She graduated from Amherst College and received her MFA from Norwich University. A former middle school teacher, she now divides her time writing in Oakland, California, and Warren, Vermont.