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Linda Sue Park is on my favorite author list
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2021
Linda Sue Park is now on my favorite author list. Park uses alternates between Sun-Hee's and her brother's, Tae-Yul, POV during the Japanese Occupation of Korea. While watching their parents, uncle, and other adults in their lives, Sun-Hee and Tae-Yul still see the world as children and ask many questions. They've known they are Korean, but have only lived with the Japanese Occupation. Sun-Hee knows there are secrets to keep away from Japanese ears, but struggles to understand the struggles the family is going through.
This book is written as a middle-grade novel, but YA and adults will enjoy this book as well.
Linda Sue Park is descriptive in her writing, and she brings the characters, Korea, and its customs to life. For readers who know little about Korea before and during the WWll, When My Name was Keoko will spark an interest in learning more.