Read It Again is excited to welcome Julie Lee to our Author in Residence Series. Come by Saturday, July 30th at 3 pm to meet Julie and maybe get her autograph!
Julie Lee is the award-winning author of Brother's Keeper. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, as well as a BA in history from Cornell University. When she is not writing, she is spending time with her family, reading voraciously, and watching movies. Her next book is a companion novel to Brother's Keeper and will be published by Holiday House in 2022.
With war looming on the horizon and winter setting in, can two children escape North Korea on their own?
Winner of the Freeman Book Award!
North Korea. December 1950.
Twelve-year-old Sora and her family live under an iron set of rules: No travel without a permit. No criticism of the government. No absences from Communist meetings. Wear red. Hang pictures of the Great Leader. Don't trust your neighbors. Don't speak your mind. You are being watched.
But war is coming, war between North and South Korea, between the Soviets and the Americans. War causes chaos--and war is the perfect time to escape. The plan is simple: Sora and her family will walk hundreds of miles to the South Korean city of Busan from their tiny mountain village. They just need to avoid napalm, frostbite, border guards, and enemy soldiers.
But they can't. And when an incendiary bombing changes everything, Sora and her little brother Young will have to get to Busan on their own. Can a twelve-year-old girl and her eight-year-old brother survive three hundred miles of a warzone in winter?
Haunting, timely, and beautiful, this harrowing novel from a searing new talent offers readers a glimpse into a vanished time and a closed nation.
ILA Intermediate Fiction Award Winner
An American Library Association Notable Children’s Book
A Jane Addams Children's Book Award Finalist
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year!