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So Far from the Bamboo Grove
So Far from the Bamboo Grove
Author: Yoko Kawashawa Watkins
In the final days of World War II, Koreans were determined to take back control of their country from the Japanese and end the suffering caused by the Japanese occupation. As an eleven-year-old girl living with her Japanese family in northern Korea, Yoko is suddenly fleeing for her life with her mother and older sister, Ko, trying to escape to J...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780688131159
ISBN-10: 0688131158
Publication Date: 5/24/1994
Pages: 192
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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Publisher: HarperTempest
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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11 year old Japanese girl Yoko lives with her family in Korea. When WW II ends her whole life is torn apart. This is her reminiscence of a terrible time when she, her older sister and her mother had to run for their lives through unfriendly territory as they tried to make their way safely back to Japan. Written for older elementary, early middle school age this book is an interesting read for all ages. Be prepared to be horrified and uplifted.
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Just because a war is over, doesn't mean the suffering stops. At the end of WW II, Koreans began to take revenge against the Japanese who had 'enslaved' their country, not making any distinction between the guilty and the innocent.

What happened in Korea was miniscule compared to what happened in Europe, but that is another story. At least for one little Japanese girl and her family, the tale eventually had a happy, if bittersweet, ending.