A Step From Heaven
A Korean American girl tells of her acculturation into American life.
I am looking for Harabugi all over Gomo’s house. there are so many rooms. All of the floors are covered with a warm white blanket that is soft on my feet. And the rooms do not have rice paper doors bu ta big piece of wood like the stores in the village. Everyone in heaven must be very rich to have so many blankets and wooden doors inside the house.
In this first novel, a young girl describes her family’s bittersweet experience i the United States after their emigration from Korea. While going up and up into the sky on the flight form Korea to California, four-year-old Young Ju concludes that they are on their way to heaven—America is heaven! After they arrive however, Young Ju and her parents and little brother struggle in their new world, weighed down by the difficulty of learning English, their insular family life, and the traditions of the country they left behind. An Na’s striking language authentically reflects the process of acculturation as Yong Ju grows from a child to an adult.
- Ages: 14 - 17
- Grades: 9 - 12
- Pages: 160