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My freedom trip

Book: My Freedom Trip by Frances Park and Ginger Park

Ages: 8+

Relationship to country: This book takes place in North Korea

Book in a nutshell: A girl crosses into a freedom land 


This book tells the story of a girl who lives in North Korea. It used to be just Korea, but then soldiers came and drew a line through the country to make North Korea and South Korea. When they drew this line, Soo ended up in North Korea. Soo is going to school, but her friends are disappearing. Her friends are leaving the country to go to South Korea. They are leaving because there is no freedom in North Korea, and South Korea is a freedom land. 

Then one day Soo's father tells her that it is his turn to go to the freedom land. Soo will come later. A man Mr. Han comes for Soo, and it is her turn to cross to into the freedom land. They have to walk at night so that the soldiers won't see them. But then a soldier does see them. Mr. Han pleads for the solider to let Soo go across the river to her father, and finally the soldier lets her go. Soo is free! Even though Soo is free, the book has a sad ending. 

This book was a good way to learn about North Korea, and I recommend it for people who want to learn about Korea from a child's point of view.