When My Name Was Keoko

Since Sunday marked the anniversary of Japan annexing Korea 100 years ago, I thought it was a good week to highlight Linda Sue Park’s book, When My Name Was Keoko.

In this book, 10-year-old Sun-hee and 13-year-old Tae-yul tell the stories of their family in alternating chapters. They tell of losing their names, their cultural symbols, and their language. They explain the worry they have for their uncle who is fighting the occupation.

One thing I love about Park’s books is the research she puts into them and the additional information that is included at the end. When My Name Was Keoko is a great example of that. Plus the stories are so compelling that they draw you in.

Since this is history that is largely unknown to U.S. readers, I highly recommend the book for the adults and young adults in your house.


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