When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue ParkWhen My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park

When My Name Was Keoko

byLinda Sue Park

Paperback | April 17, 2012

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Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, poetry, and most recently A Long Walk to Water, based on the true story of a Sudanese refugee. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family. Visit her website at www.lspark.com.
Title:When My Name Was KeokoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.56 inPublished:April 17, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547722397

ISBN - 13:9780547722399


Rated 3 out of 5 by from When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park 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 the reader imagine what a typical Korean family went through while under Japanese rule. As a history teacher, this story was particularly interesting to me, since WW2 told from the Korean perspective is not something that is widely known. This part of Korean history is often discarded from history books, especially those in Japan. These events played an important role in Parke's Korean heritage and was evident in her writing. She describes how all Koreans were forced to take on Japanese names, speak, read and write in Japanese, and unwillingly adopt the Japanese culture while discarding their own. The actions the characters in the story took to protect their culture deomonstrated how far the cruelty of the Japanese had driven them. The events in this story had me captivated and even offered a brief history lesson. I would recommend this novel to any high school history or english teacher.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park, Eung Won Park ( would give the book, “The Kite Fighters,” 5 out of 5 stars. The book takes place in Korea and wonderfully describes the relationship between two brothers. The two brothers were Kee-sup and Young-sup. Kite Fighters takes place in 1473 Seoul, Korea. Brothers Young-sup and older brother Kee-sup are soon to be celebrating the New Year. Each year the festivity includes a kite fighting competition. in this story both boys realized their strengths and weaknesses and gained victory in an annual kite match. There was a quarrel between them though, about being the oldest and the younger, the envy and the responsibilities. It's a good topic I think.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from bad boring
Date published: 2014-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and entertaining! I'd like to start by saying that it was a very interesting and entertaining book. You get hooked right on the first page. Linda S. Park keeps it simple yet understandable. I love all the wonderful details and how it teaches me about the World War II. Which had happened between the Japanese and the U.S.A. It will probably seem boring from the cover, but trust me its full of suspense, humour, and despair. I'd like to say something about the author wrote this book. It's written in a double perspective and I personally love that. Sometimes I jut need a break from one perspective mostly because it will start to get a bit boring. The perspectives switch between Sun-hee and her brother. One thing is that if one perspective is very interesting, I wouldn't want to switch then. I would recommend this book to pre-teens and up. If you are any younger it might seem boring. It doesn't really matter because it will leave you with a mesmerizing effect. Inspired by real events, its a great read. It's great but like I said before, it tells you about the World War II. Truly, some parts are sad and unfortunate. Anyways, I'd like to give it a 4 out of 5 rating. Thanks for reading guys!
Date published: 2014-06-13

Editorial Reviews

This powerful and riveting tale of one close-knit, proud Korean family movingly addresses life-and-death issues of courage and collaboration, injustice, and death-defying determination in the face of totalitarian oppression. -Kirkus Reviews with PointersA brother and sister alternate as narrators in Newbery Medalist Park's (A Single Shard) well-contructed novel, which takes place from 1940-1945 in Japanese-occupied Korea. . . .Through the use of shifting narrators, Park subtly points up the differences between male and female roles in Korean society; and the father's process of choosing the family's Japanese name speaks volumes about his strength and intelligence. . . . Readers will come away with an appreciation of this period of history and likely a greater interest in learning more about it. -Publishers Weekly, StarredPark is a masterful prose stylist, and her characters are developed beautifully. She excels at making traditional Korean culture accessible to Western readers. -VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)The drama is in the facts about the war, and Park does a fine job of showing how the politics of the occupation and resistance affect ordinary people. -Booklist, ALAWhat is outstanding is the insight Park gives into the complex minds of these young people. Each of them reacts to the events in different ways-Sun-hee takes refuge in writing while Tae-yul throws his energies into physical work. . . . This beautifully crafted and moving novel joins a small but growing body of literature[.] -School Library Journal, StarredVividaǪhistorical details heighten realism. The final scene shines with hopeaǪ.a beautifully crafted story that delights as it informs." -Riverbank Review "