When My Name Was Keoko

When My Name Was Keoko

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 doesn’t mean they are willing to defend Japan. Tae-yul is about to risk his life to help his family, while Sun-hee stays home guarding life-and-death secrets.

Title:When My Name Was Keoko
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780440419440
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    When My Name Was Keoko Reviews

  • haley

    This book had been sitting on my TBR list for ages. Even when I finally checked it out of the library it took weeks for me to actually start reading it. But I decided to start it today, and I'm so gla...

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)

    3.5 stars...

  • Bob Beemsterboer

    Linda Sue Park expertly narrates the fictional story of her mother's experience with the Japanese occupation of Korea during World War 2. She meshes actual historical events with her own story to help...

  • Philip

    This might top out my list of possible 7th grade social studies books. It's very good, and ties in with the Indiana Standards really well.I'm finding more and more YA literature that deals with Pre-WW...

  • Nichole

    This book falls into a category of books to which I have referred several times in the past: enjoyed post-book club. When I read it through, my initial reaction what that it was nice; it was a nice st...

  • Barb Middleton

    Writing reviews is like skipping a flat stone across a lake. At least for me. Sometimes the rock whirls like a Frisbee and I'm excitedly counting out loud each skip along the surface. Other times it h...

  • The Artisan Geek

    I haven't read such a touching and good book in a while. Beautifully written. This is the first book I've ever read that isn't about the western world, which baffles me as I come to think of it. It ha...

  • Erin

    3.5 starsWhen My Name Was Keoko is an immersive look into Korean life during World War II. I had only gotten a few pages into this book when I had to confront myself on my own stupidity-- why did I no...

  • Riya

    This book is probably on of my favorites! The story of Sun-hee and Tae-yul living in Japan-ruled Korea was beautifully written, with different narratives written by the two siblings. The way that the ...

  • Jessica

    An enthralling look at life in Korea under Japanese occupation. I had no idea that, before WWII even started, the Koreans were living under harsh Japanese rule. Everything was taken from them: their l...