Keoko

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When My Name Was Keoko
by Linda Sue Park

Sun-hee and her older brother Tae-yul are proud of their Korean heritage. Yet they live their lives under Japanese occupation. All students must read and write in Japanese and no one can fly the Korean flag. Hardest of all is when the Japanese Emperor forces all Koreans to take Japanese names. Sun-hee and Tae-yul become Keoko and Nobuo.

Korea is torn apart by their Japanese invaders during World War II. Everyone must help with war preparations, but it does not mean they are willing to defend Japan.

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610L Middle School 196 Historical Fiction 2002 0618133356

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Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

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A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
by Robert Olen Butler

This book is a collection of 17 anthologies, all written in the first person that blend Vietnamese folklore, the terrible, lingering memories of war, American pop culture and family drama into a woven fabric that tells the stories of those who actually served in the Vietnamese War.

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1070L High School 288 Autobiography 2001 0802137989

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Esperanza Rising

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Esperanza Rising
by Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico–she’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, & servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces.
When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances–Mama’s life and her own depend on it.

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750L Middle School 262 Realistic Fiction 2001 0439120411

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