When My Name Was Keoko

When My Name Was Keoko

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Random House, Inc.
Sun-hee and her older brother Tae-yul are proud of their Korean heritage. Yet they live their lives under Japanese occupation. All students must read and write in Japanese and no one can fly the Korean flag. Hardest of all is when the Japanese Emperor forces all Koreans to take Japanese names. Sun-hee and Tae-yul become Keoko and Nobuo. Korea is torn apart by their Japanese invaders during World War II. Everyone must help with war preparations, but it doesn’t mean they are willing to defend Japan. Tae-yul is about to risk his life to help his family, while Sun-hee stays home guarding life-and-death secrets.

Baker & Taylor
The arrival of World War II to Korea changes the lives of Sun-hee and her older brother, Tae-yul, forever when Tae-yul joins the Japanese army in an attempt to protect their beloved Uncle, who is suspected of helping the Korean resistance, while Sun-hee stays behind guarding the secrets of their family, in a powerful novel that captures an important, yet little-known, part of history. Teacher's Guide available. An ALA Notable Children's Book. Reprint.

& Taylor

With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2004
ISBN: 9780440419440
Characteristics: 199 p.


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Apr 03, 2017

A story about a girl and her family living in Korea under Japanese rule. As an adult, I enjoyed this easy to read story. Suitable for 12+


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