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Korean Sun-hee and her brother, Tae-yul, must study Japanese language and culture in school. The symbols of their beloved Korea - like its flag and the rose of Sharon tree - can never be displayed or mentioned in public. When the emperor of Japan decrees that all Koreans must take Japanese names, Sun-hee and Tae-yul become Keoko and Nobuo. But as World War II explodes all around them, Sun-hee and Tae-yul wage their own war to stay true to their family, their country, and themselves.

©2002 Linda Sue Park (P)2003 Recorded Books

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wonderful and Suspenseful

I absolutely loved this book. I learned so much about this dark time in Korean History.

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When My Name Was Keoko

There couldn't be a better book showing the reality of Korea during the invasion of the Japanese
It was the best book I really admire it

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i just binged this straight through

i love the historical references that give you good timelines of when evemts take place. checkpoints so you know how much time has passed and even culture benchmarks that tell of how life was and what norms were common. i will absolutely read again.

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A beautiful and moving story

I really enjoyed how this story was developed, specially having the girl's and the boy's perspective on the events. It is a beautiful and moving story, that even brought me to tears at times. It gave me much insight into certain aspects of the Korean culture, particularly, gender roles and how these were affected by the war. The narrators were spectacular, as well.