Seesaw Girl by Mou-Sien Tseng, Linda Sue Park & Jean Tseng

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Jade never ventures beyond the walls of her family's Inner Court; in seventeenth-century Korea, a girl of good family does not leave home until she marries. She is enthralled by her older brother's stories about trips to the market and to the ancestral grave sites in the mountains, about reading and painting, about his conversations with their father about business and politics and adventures only boys can have. Jade accepts her destiny, and yet she is endlessly curious about what lies beyond the walls. A lively story with a vividly realized historical setting, "Seesaw Girl" recounts Jade Blossom's daring attempts to enlarge her world.

About Mou-Sien Tseng, Linda Sue Park & Jean Tseng

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Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, and several picture books. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family. For more information visit
Published September 14, 2009 by Clarion Books. 116 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 17th-century Korea, the life of a noblewoman is extremely circumscribed: she leaves the inner court of her family home only to marry, or to attend a funeral.

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This first novel set in 17th-century Korea centers on 12-year-old Jade Blossom, daughter of one of the king's advisers.

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