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When my name was Keoko
Linda Sue Park
Teen Fiction PARK

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Michelle said:
This book was so amazing to me. It is unimaginable to lose your identity, culture, and even your own name. I like this novel because it had enough action in the plot to encourage me to continue reading, but still had enough factual information for me to learn some interesting Korean history. I have learned alot about the plight of the Koreans at this time in school, but it was so much better for me to see it through the eyes of Sun-hee, a young girl living amidst the fear and sadness of opression by the Japanese, who were occupying Korea at the time. Also, after learning about World War II Japanese kamikaze pilots, I had always wondered what could possibly drive them to do sacirifice their lives. Seeing the situation through the eyes of a boy who was actually a kamikaze pilot opened my eyes to what goes through their minds about honor and sacrifice. One of the best parts of this novel was the format that Linda Sue Park used. Alternating chapters told by Tae-yul and Sun-hee allowed me to see the story through the eyes of a young man and those of a small girl. They had totally different struggles and ways of viewing them, which was interesting and kept my attention. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages looking for an interesting and historical novel.
posted Aug 15, 2004
Beth said:
This is a very moving book about a young Korean girl living in Korea during World War II. This historical fiction book opens a window to what life was like in Korea during World War II.
posted Jun 4, 2005
Mattie said:
This is a great book about world war two in a Korean brother and sister's point of view. Life is getting tougher by the minute and Tae Yul, the brother goes out to war as a bomb pilot. Is he at the bottom at the ocean or did he escape?
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
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main characters Sun-hee Kim
Age: 10
Tae-yul's sister.

Tae-yul Kim
Age: 13
Sun-hee's brother.

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