A Step From Heaven by An Na

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A Korean American girl tells of her acculturation into American life from the day she leaves Korea as a child to adulthood.

About An Na

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An Na was born in Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. A former middle school English and history teacher, she is currently at work on her third novel. She lives in Vermont.
Published September 9, 2009 by namelos. 160 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Oh's appropriately girlish voice and measured reading bring to life Young Ju, quiet heroine of debut novelist Na's dark tale of a family of Korean immigrants, which just won the ALA's Printz Award for teenage literature.

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Young doesn't want her new American friends to see how "weird" her parents are or the poverty in which they live, so she doesn't invite them over, she lies to both her friends and her family --- and instead of fixing the situation, Young only serves to make herself more lonely.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

In this beautifully written first novel for young adults, An Na relates an authentic story of emigration from Korea to America through her protagonist Young Ju.

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Red Room

Until the climax of the story when Yung Ju saves her mother and with one phone call, sweeps her entire family onto a new, healthier emotional trajectory.

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