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Brother's Keeper
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Two children must escape North Korea on their own in this harrowing novel based on a true story.

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Julie Lee, a marketer-turned-writer, lives in an Atlanta suburb with her three children and her husband. A first-generation American, her mother escaped North Korea during the Korean War and later immigrated to the United States. Julie studied history at Cornell before working in advertising in Manhattan, eventually relocating to the South.

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"In its portrayal of hardship and survival, "Brother's Keeper" joins a rich tradition of stories about children on wartime journeys"--The Wall Street Journal

"An amazing debut and an important book that explores a part of history few younger readers are taught in school."--Booklist, Starred Review "debut author Lee paints this gripping and emotional midwinter escape with the eye of a wartime journalist and the determined heart of a young girl."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review "A moving, suspenseful refugee story, based loosely on the author's mother's experiences, the book is at heart a poignant exploration of a girl's struggle against traditional female roles and her determination to succeed on her own terms."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "A harrowing, heartbreaking tale of hope, love, and survival against insurmountable odds. . . . . With an artful and expressive narrative voice, and inspiration drawn from her mother's experiences in Korea as a young woman, debut novelist Lee enthralls and enlightens." --School Library Journal, Starred Review
"The narrative makes a painful reality of the deprivation that people faced when fleeing their homes . . . At its heart, Brother's Keeper is about families and how they overcome hardship and loss. The Korean War and Korean culture act as a powerful setting for this work, and the strength and sorrow of Sora and Youngsoo are haunting." --Foreword Reviews "The martial and political conflict in 1950 Korea is catalyst and backdrop, and the story of the Pak children's treacherous flight is compelling. The underlying domestic struggle between Sora and her parents carries equal weight, though." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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