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When My Name Was Keoko
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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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This powerful and riveting tale of one close-knit, proud Korean family movingly addresses life-and-death issues of courage and collaboration, injustice, and death-defying determination in the face of totalitarian oppression. --Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

A brother and sister alternate as narrators in Newbery Medalist Park's (A Single Shard) well-contructed novel, which takes place from 1940-1945 in Japanese-occupied Korea. . . .Through the use of shifting narrators, Park subtly points up the differences between male and female roles in Korean society; and the father's process of choosing the family's Japanese name speaks volumes about his strength and intelligence. . . . Readers will come away with an appreciation of this period of history and likely a greater interest in learning more about it. --Publishers Weekly, Starred

Park is a masterful prose stylist, and her characters are developed beautifully. She excels at making traditional Korean culture accessible to Western readers. --VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

The drama is in the facts about the war, and Park does a fine job of showing how the politics of the occupation and resistance affect ordinary people. --Booklist, ALA

What is outstanding is the insight Park gives into the complex minds of these young people. Each of them reacts to the events in different ways--Sun-hee takes refuge in writing while Tae-yul throws his energies into physical work. . . . This beautifully crafted and moving novel joins a small but growing body of literature[.] --School Library Journal, Starred

"Vivid...historical details heighten realism. The final scene shines with hope....a beautifully crafted story that delights as it informs." --Riverbank Review

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