When My Name Was Keoko

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 18, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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Sun-hee and her older brother, Tae-yul, live in Korea with their parents. Because Korea is under Japanese occupation, the children study Japanese and speak it at school. Their own language, their flag, the folktales Uncle tells them—even their names—are all part of the Korean culture that is now forbidden. When World War II comes to Korea, Sun-hee is surprised that the Japanese expect their Korean subjects to fight on their side. But the greatest shock of all comes when Tae-yul enlists in the Japanese army in an attempt to protect Uncle, who is suspected of aiding the Korean resistance. Sun-hee stays behind, entrusted with the life-and-death secrets of a family at war.

 

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User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

A kids' book. It's definitely aimed at a young age group, but she's a Newbery Medal-winning author, and the topic was one that I found interesting, so I thought it'd be worth reading. It's a ... Read full review

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User Review  - kriley5 - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this story and was very engaged from the start. I really enjoyed the authenticity that this novel had regarding the languages and how the family had to conform. Keoko had talked about ... Read full review

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Contents

2 Taeyul
4
3 Sunhee
7
4 Taeyul
10
5 Sunhee
15
6 Taeyul 1941
23
7 Sunhee
28
8 Taeyul
35
9 Sunhee
41
20 Taeyul
107
21 Sunhee 1945
110
22 Taeyul
116
23 Sunhee
121
24 Taeyul
126
25 Sunhee
131
26 Taeyul
137
27 Sunhee
141

10 Taeyul 1942
51
11 Sunhee
53
12 Taeyul 194243
59
13 Sunhee
64
14 Taeyul
70
15 Sunhee
77
16 Taeyul
81
17 Sunhee 194344
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18 Taeyul
99
19 Sunhee
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28 Taeyul
149
29 Sunhee
163
30 Sunhee
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31 Taeyul
180
32 Sunhee
189
Back Matter
193
Back Flap
201
Back Cover
202
Spine
203
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About the author (2002)

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, and most recently a book of poetry: Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems). She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family, and is now a devoted fan of the New York Mets. For more infromation visit www.lspark.com.

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