Seesaw Girl

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 14, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 96 pages
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Jade never ventures beyond the walls of her family's Inner Court; in seventeenth-century Korea, a girl of good family does not leave home until she marries. She is enthralled by her older brother's stories about trips to the market and to the ancestral grave sites in the mountains, about reading and painting, about his conversations with their father about business and politics and adventures only boys can have. Jade accepts her destiny, and yet she is endlessly curious about what lies beyond the walls. A lively story with a vividly realized historical setting, "Seesaw Girl" recounts Jade Blossom's daring attempts to enlarge her world.

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User Review  - tramtran - LibraryThing

Jade Blossom was born in one of the wealthiest and highly respected family in Seoul. Her father was an important advisor to the king. In seventeenth century Korean, there were many limitations and ... Read full review

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User Review  - aalkurd - LibraryThing

What a touching tale! I can completely relate because sadly, this is how society is overseas current day. I love how she broke away from the constraints of society. I love how the outside world moved her. A very good read. Read full review

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1 Brushes and Ashes
2 Laundry Sticks
3 Within the Walls
4 A Goose for the Wedding
5 Thread with No End
6 Baskets to Market
7 The Road to Willow
8 Prisoners
12 A Humble Request
13 Royal Decision
14 A Mountain of Stitches
15 Brushes and Scrools
16 Yut Sticks
17 Beyond the Walls
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9 The Gatekeeper
10 A Willing Heart
11 Different Rules
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Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard and bestseller A Long Walk to Water. She has written several acclaimed picture book texts. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family. Visit her online at and on Twitter @LindaSuePark.

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