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A Step From Heaven by An Na

A Step From Heaven (2001)

by An Na

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    Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: A beautiful realistic fiction novel about a young girl growing up to be hardened young women and the hardships, trials and tribulations she overcomes in the process.
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    Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth (meggyweg)
    meggyweg: Both stories of young girls and immigration: Blue Jasmine's protagonist is from India, and A Step From Heaven's protagonist comes from South Korea.
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    Children of the River by Linda Crew (meggyweg)

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A young girl describes her family’s bittersweet experience in the United States after their emigration from Korea. While going up and up into the sky on the flight from Korea to California, four-year old Young Ju concludes that they are their way to heaven – America is heaven! After they arrive, however, Young Ju and her parents and little brother struggle in their new world, weighed down by the difficulty learning English, their insular family life, and the traditions of the country they left behind.

An Na’s strike language authentically reflects the process of acculturation as Young Ju grows from a child to an adult. The subject matter, while interesting, is nothing new. The writing style reflecting Young Ju’s growth is fascinating and a nice literary device. It is an interesting read though the messages of the book never really assert themselves. The book has emotional impact and resonates with a variety of readers but doesn't completely follow through on potential.
  loafhunter13 | Jul 8, 2016 |
Sweet story about the immigrant experience from a child's eyes. ( )
  bjoelle5 | Feb 10, 2016 |
When Young Ju is 4 yrs. old, her family left Korea to settle in the U.S. As years pass, and Young Ju grows into a teenager, she struggles to keep her Korean life separate from her American life while her younger brother, born in the U.S., doesn't feel any allegiances at all to the Korean part of his life. Along with struggling with the language, customs, and fitting in, Young Ju's abusive father creates walls of pressure for the family. Sometimes Young Ju wishes she could float away towards the real heaven she thought America would be for her, instead of this new life which is supposed to be just a step away from it. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Story of the struggles of a Korean immigrant family in America
  butterkidsmom | Jan 18, 2014 |
This is a wonderful story about modern immigration. My class had a great deal of fun discussing and dissecting this book. ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 9, 2012 |
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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.

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A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.

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