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Year of Impossible Goodbyes - Sook Nyul Choi
Year of Impossible Goodbyes
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It is 1945, and courageous ten-year-old Sookan and her family must endure the cruelties of the Japanese military occupying Korea.  Police captain Narita does his best to destroy everything of value to the family, but he cannot break their spirit.  Sookan's father is with the resistance movement... show more
It is 1945, and courageous ten-year-old Sookan and her family must endure the cruelties of the Japanese military occupying Korea.  Police captain Narita does his best to destroy everything of value to the family, but he cannot break their spirit.  Sookan's father is with the resistance movement in Manchuria and her older brothers have been sent away to labor camps.  Her mother is forced to supervise a sock factory and Sookan herself must wear a uniform and attend a Japanese school.Then the war ends.  Out come the colorful Korean silks and bags of white rice.  But Communist Russian troops have taken control of North Korea and once again the family is suppressed.  Sookan and her family know their only hope for freedom lies in a dangerous escape to Americancontrolled South Korea.Here is the incredible story of one family's love for each other and their determination to risk everything to find freedom.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780440407591 (0440407591)
Publisher: Yearling
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
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An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it
3.0 Year of Impossible Goodbyes
Decent if somewhat inconsistently written MG historical fiction. It took me a while to get on board with the story but the ending really picks up. The very end felt rushed and left me unsatisfied even though I understood why the author ended the book the way she did. The phrase almond-shaped/alm...
wealhtheow
wealhtheow rated it
A haunting tale of Japanese-occupied Korea, and one family's attempt to survive political upheaval.
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