Thursday, October 31, 2002

An Na. A Step From Heaven. Front Street, 2001.

Recommended Age Range: 12 and up

Plot Summary: When Young Ju and her parents move to the U.S. from Korea, she thinks that it is heaven. She soon realizes the hardships of adjusting to a new culture, both for herself and her parents.

Evaluation of Reader Appeal: This book is a realistic portrayal of an immigrant family trying to adjust to life in the U.S. It deals with issues of poverty, isolation and physical abuse in a sympathetic manner. It would appeal to teens who are dealing with these issues and also with teens who want to learn more.

Evaluation of Literary Merit: I really liked this book. It is well written and I found it easy to relate to and understand the characters' point of view. It won the Printz award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

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