Escape Author:Gladys Cook Twelve-year-old Ahn Shin and his family live on South Korea's 38th parallel. Only a "forbidden mountain" separate them from the frightening Communist armies of North Korea. Some of their neighbors are sure that an enemy invasion will soon take place. Shin wonders if they are right. — He also asks himself which religion can make him a child of ... more »God (or of the gods). Is his father's Buddhism, his mother's animism, or his best friend's Christianity the one true faith?
Contact with a pastor makes him more sympathetic toward Christianity. His refusal to worship the tree spirit makes his mother afraid that the gods will be angry. As he struggles with his fears and doubts, Shin undergoes unusual experiences. When he and a taunting friend climb the "forbidden mountain," a North Korean soldier fires at them. Communist armies force Shin and his family to abandon their home village.
This fascinating book offers remarkable insights in an Oriental society faced with the threat of Communist domination. An easy-to-understand style and a captivating plot make this novel appeal to all ages.« less