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by An Na


School Library Journal:

Gr 8 Up– Young Ju and her family come to California from Korea and try against all odds to embrace the American dream. This is a beautifully told story of sacrifice and success, of heartrending sadness and hard-won hope. (May) –Trev Jones, Luann Toth, Marlene Charnizon, Daryl Grabarek, and Joy Fleishhacker (Reviewed December 1, 2001) (School Library Journal, vol 47, issue 12, p44)


  • ALA Notable Children’s Books: 2002
  • Amelia Bloomer Lists – Young Adult Fiction: 2002
  • Asian Pacific American Award for Literature: Young Adult Literature
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice – Books for Youth – Older Readers Category: 2001
  • International Reading Association Children’s Book Award: Young Adult Fiction (post-2001 winners)
  • Michael L. Printz Award
  • New York Times Notable Books – Children’s Books: 2001
  • School Library Journal Best Books: 2001
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults: 2002
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: I’m New Here Myself (2013)


10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, Teen