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ISBN13: 9780688131159
ISBN10: 0688131158
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In the final days of World War II, Koreans were determined to take back control of their country from the Japanese and end the suffering caused by the Japanese occupation. As an eleven-year-old girl living with her Japanese family in northern Korea, Yoko is suddenly fleeing for her life with her mother and older sister, Ko, trying to escape to Japan, a country Yoko hardly knows.

Their journey is terrifying—and remarkable. It's a true story of courage and survival that highlights the plight of individual people in wartime. In the midst of suffering, acts of kindness, as exemplified by a family of Koreans who risk their own lives to help Yoko's brother, are inspiring reminders of the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

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Though Japanese, eleven-year-old Yoko has lived with her family in northern Korea near the border with China all her life. But when the Second World War comes to an end, Japanese on the Korean peninsula are suddenly in terrible danger; the Korean people want control of their homeland and they want to punish the Japanese, who have occupied their nation for many years. Yoko, her mother and sister are forced to flee from their beautiful house with its peaceful bamboo grove. Their journey is terrifying — and remarkable. It's a true story of courage and survival.

About the Author

Yoko Kawashima Watkins received The Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts, which cited her as an "inspiration to young people throughout America and the world."

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melonbarmonster2, February 5, 2010 (view all comments by melonbarmonster2)
Please be warned!!!

This book is akin to a well written entertaining escape narrative of an SS officer's family running away from Birkenow Auschwitz concentration camp while the heroin daughter of the Nazi officer is running away from cruel and dangerous Jews freed from concentration camps.

Such a narrative is morally irresponsible and disgusting material to force upon innocent children!!!!!

The actual historical truth is that there are no bamboos in NK. There were no communist soldiers when Yoko's family left for Japan nor were there any US bombings. Japanese retreat occurred under heavy military protection. Yoko's family was in Korea to expand the Japanese invasion of Asia while being driven by an ethnocentric ideology that the Japanese Emperor was a divine being and that the Japanese race were a superior race destined to rule over all of Asia and the Pacific.

Don't be fooled by the well-written narrative and stay away from this book if you value humanity and decency.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780688131159
Foreword:
Fritz, Jean
Author:
Fritz, Jean
Author:
Watkins, Yoko Kawashima
Author:
Taylor, Justin
Author:
Watkins, Yoko Kawashawa
Author:
Speart, Jessica
Author:
by Yoko Kawashawa Watkins
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Ethnic - Other
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Korea
Subject:
Juveniles
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
People & Places - Other
Subject:
Biographical - Other
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Ethnic - Asian American
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Number:
1st Beech Tree ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 22
Publication Date:
20080812
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.60x5.10x.47 in. .31 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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"Synopsis" by , Though Japanese, eleven-year-old Yoko has lived with her family in northern Korea near the border with China all her life. But when the Second World War comes to an end, Japanese on the Korean peninsula are suddenly in terrible danger; the Korean people want control of their homeland and they want to punish the Japanese, who have occupied their nation for many years. Yoko, her mother and sister are forced to flee from their beautiful house with its peaceful bamboo grove. Their journey is terrifying — and remarkable. It's a true story of courage and survival.
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