Always a pleasure to get a taste into another culture's history through the eyes of an intriguing character. Aug 21, Nancy Bielski rated it really liked it Shelves: ya-literature. I was so glad there was a follow up to Year of Impossible Goodbyes! It wasn't as good, but, as I said, it was nice to know what happened to the family. Dec 11, Bertram E2 rated it it was amazing.
The protaganist of this book, a little girl, is a refugee of the Korean war. She was living with her family in Seoul before the war started. Then one day, planes bombed the city of Seoul and they were forced to leave her house and move to another place. The family got seperated when they were trying to escape, the girl was with her brother and her mom, but her dad and her three brothers were nowhere to be seen, so they escaped by themselves to the city of Pusan, which is located in the Southern The protaganist of this book, a little girl, is a refugee of the Korean war.
The family got seperated when they were trying to escape, the girl was with her brother and her mom, but her dad and her three brothers were nowhere to be seen, so they escaped by themselves to the city of Pusan, which is located in the Southern side of Korea. The book is similar to ALWTW in a way that both of the protaganist was a refugee of a civil war, and both of them got sperated from their families when they were trying to escape.
Aug 14, Josie Derstine rated it it was ok. She and her family fled from her hometown of Seoul when it started to be bombed and invaded because of the war. She was separated from half of her family but had her mother and younger brother with her in their refugee camp in Pusan. Throughout the book, she describes the change of lifestyle she had to adapt to and her thoughts and feelings through these difficult times.
In this new area s - The book is written in first person by the character Sookan, who is a year-old refugee in South Korea. In this new area she builds and attends a new schoolhouse, joins the church choir, helps take care of her family, and even meets a boy she is very interested in. In her culture, it is not allowed for girls and boys to even have a conversation without a certain reason to. However, her and Junho connected by singing together in choir and couldn't stay away from each other after that.
He had come to find her house, left her secret letters, and even asked to take a photo in secret that they could both keep forever. Sookan was excited by the boy but she also knew that she would eventually be going back to Seoul, where her life would be completely different once again.
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She struggles to stay positive but finds hope in her new friend and the memories of a singing poet who used to sing for her village but had passed away. In the end of the book, the war is ended in an agreement to keep the north and south divided. Sookan and her family travel back home and find their old home mostly still standing. Her three other brothers reunited with them there, but they also received the news that their father was dead. After some time, Junho shows up at her house to see her. They talk about their plans, him becoming a priest and her going to study in the United States.
After this, they don't get to see each other again before going their separate ways but they both know that they will be friends forever. Finally, Sookan passes the tests required to move to the United States and she packs up and gets on her flight.
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She is nervous and scared for the future, but she also knows that it is her calling and chooses to follow her heart. People there appreciate school and education because it is not something everyone has access to, especially during war times. In America, many more people have the opportunity to go to school. Also, boys and girls are not permitted to visit each other unless they are engaged, and it is looked down upon for them to try to have conversations.
In our culture, it is fine for everyone to talk and be friends. Finally, it is typical for the kids to take on the jobs of their parents in order for society to flow smoothly. In America, this sometimes happens but a lot of the time, individuals get to decide on their own career. Throughout the book, various characters would face challenge after challenge and still have hope for the future.
In the end of the book, she was reunited with her cousins and lived with their family. Although her parents had passed, she eventually found happiness in taking care of her younger cousins. From the beginning to the end of the book, Sookan knew that she wanted to study enough that she could go to college in the United States. Even through the war had slowed down her path to education, she still continued to strive for her goal by helping build a new school then studying in it. By the end, she had passes her tests and was on her way to America page The most tragic thing that happens to Sookan is her father dying and her secret relationship with Juhno.
However, even these parts are written in a way that is not very intense or exciting. The book is pretty predictable overall, so I would not recommend it to anyone who enjoys plot twists and excitement like most people do.
Feb 09, Catherine Petrini rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction , novel , ya-juvenile. This second book in Sook Nyul Choi 's semi-autobiographical trilogy is just as engrossing as the first. Sookan and her mother and younger brother have escaped North Korea and are living as refugees in the South, crowded into a plywood shack in a refugee settlement, desperate for word of her father and older brothers. Still, she sings in a choir, attends school, and spends time with friends, including a handsome boy who makes her want to ignore her society's strict rules about boys and girls keep This second book in Sook Nyul Choi 's semi-autobiographical trilogy is just as engrossing as the first.
Still, she sings in a choir, attends school, and spends time with friends, including a handsome boy who makes her want to ignore her society's strict rules about boys and girls keeping their distance from one another. But all along, she knows that this is only temporary; someday, the will be able to go home and be reunited with the rest of the family.
Won't they? A compelling read about a place and time that may be unfamiliar to American readers.
Historically based lit at its best As a sequel to Year of Impossible Goodbyes this book follows Sookan and her family through the hardships of one war after another. Great read for middle school aged kids who want to understand the struggles of Koreans post World War II. The Gathering of Pearls is the third book in this trilogy. I enjoyed this book. It is a sequel. Reading about the Japanese occupation, then the Russian occupation, then the Korean War, all through the eyes of a young girl was moving. I cried during reading this book.
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So much hardship! And yet, they kept going, and things became normal, over and over. Nov 24, Alexandra rated it it was amazing. So beautiful, quiet, and pure.
And so much love. Jun 12, Mel rated it really liked it Shelves: grade Book 2. Continues the life of Sookan after she is forced to flee the bombings in Seoul.
Sep 12, Lisa rated it liked it. Sookan, who is now fifteen, is becoming older. And with age, comes responsibility.
Her mother always tells her not to mess up or people will say things hurtful comments. They will say "she [Sookan] is like that because she doesn't have a father or older brothers. Junho is quiet and collected, he's also very smart. Junho and Sookan instantly become "everlasting friends". Thinking about her future, Sookan decides she wants to study i Sookan, who is now fifteen, is becoming older. Thinking about her future, Sookan decides she wants to study in the States.
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When the time comes for her to start packing for the States, Junho can't bear with Sookan leaving, so he tells her to meet him at a photography studio so they can take there picture together and keep it as a memory. Sookan knows this would get her mother upset because a young girl isn't supposed to take her picture with a boy.
But she goes anyway. In the end, when it is time for to Sookan go to the States, she goes to look for Junho to say good-bye, but he is nowhere to be found. She then thinks it's better that way, to not say good-bye, to keep their every-lasting friendship. May 12, Ling Fang Ye rated it liked it. Sookan, a fifteen years old girl who lives in Pusan, Korea, a refugee. She got separation from her father and brothers because of civil war, she didn't get any information from them, but Sookan and her mother hope they can go home every day and her mom write down the information about her father and her brothers and post them on the board of refugee information center, hope can get additional clues about them.
In school, she got to know a boy, Junho. Junho is very nice to her. But last, she go t Sookan, a fifteen years old girl who lives in Pusan, Korea, a refugee. But last, she go to US. Their departure let both of them sad, but finally she didn't tell him she was leaving.
Perhaps, she wants to keep their friendship. After rain comes fair sunshine, all things will be better, please close your eyes, to enjoy this wonderful moment. Jan 19, Shenek rated it liked it. Isn't it amazing how life goes on My favorite part of this book was the fact that I've been to the places mentioned and it made the book clearer and the places more meaningful. It felt very authentic in the attitudes, thoughts, and outlook of the people.
It made the book feel deeper since I have a little bit more of an insider's perspective. At the end of this book the author moves to America because she wants to see what Americans and other Isn't it amazing how life goes on At the end of this book the author moves to America because she wants to see what Americans and other foreigners think about Korea.