When My Name Was Keoko
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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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