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Year of Impossible Goodbyes (1991)

by Sook Nyul Choi

Series: Sookan (1)

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This is book meant for high school. I would use this to teach about WWII and oppressive leaders. Some of the themes in the book are too grown up for what I would want to use in a classroom that wasn't high school+; such as sex slavery, war camps. ( )
  rachelpelston | Apr 29, 2016 |
A haunting tale of Japanese-occupied Korea, and one family's attempt to survive political upheaval. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
historical fiction, WWII, Korean occupation by Japanese and then Russian. Told from one family's point of view.
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
historical fiction, WWII, Korean occupation by the Japanese and then the Russians. Told from one family's point of view.
  Phill242 | May 6, 2013 |
Times are tough for 10 year old Sookan and her family. They live in North Korea, and their region has been taken over by the cruel Japanese military during WWII. Close to starvation, the residents work to the bone and are constantly terrorized. Their possessions have been taken and destroyed, along with their traditions. Sookan has to go to a Japanese school where she will get in trouble if she speaks Korean. When the war ends, things don’t improve. Now the Russians have moved in, and brainwash residents into a revival, asking for converts to Communism, and to report anyone who speaks against the regime. Sookan and her remaining family members make plans to sneak away to the south, where they think Sookan’s father must be. This account, based on the life of the author, is full of the horrible details of war – oppression, starvation, death, loss, and seemingly no hope. Readers will hold their breath to find out if Sookan and her brother make it through the barbed wire fences and into South Korea!
  KimReadingLog | May 13, 2012 |
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To my little brother and in memory of my mother and Mark
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Small clusters of pale green needles emerged from the old weathered pine tree in our front yard.
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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 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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A young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940s, to later escape to freedom in South Korea.

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