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Balgassi, Haemi. Tae's Sonata 1998 Tae, a Korean American eighth grader, tries to sort out her feelings when she is assigned a popular cute boy as a partner for a school report and later has a falling out with her best friend. J FICTION BALGASSI HAE

Choi, Sook Nyul. Year of Impossible Goodbyes 1991 A young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940s, to later escape to freedom in South Korea. J FICTION CHOI SOO

Holman, Sheri.  Sondok, Princess of the Moon and Stars 2002 In a series of messages placed in her grandmother's ancestral jar, a seventh century princess and future ruler of the Korean kingdom of Silla vents her frustration at not being permitted to study astronomy because she is a girl.  J FICTION DEAR ROY

Kent, Rose. Kimchi and Calamari 2007 Adopted from Korea by Italian parents, Joseph Calderaro begins to make important self-discoveries about race and family after his social studies teacher assigns an essay on cultural heritage and tracing the past.  J FICTION KENT ROS

Kline, Suzy. Horrible Harry and the Dragon War 2002 Working on a dragon project in Room 3B leads to a war between two good friends--Harry and Song Lee. J FICTION KLINE SUZ

Kline, Suzy. Song Lee and the Hamster Hunt 2002 When Song Lee's hamster escapes from its cage in Room 2B, the class members and other students in South School become involved in the search for him. J FICTION KLINE SUZ

Kraus, Joanna Halpert. Tall Boy's Journey 1992 When Kim Moo Yong, a Korean orphan boy, is adopted by an American couple and makes the long journey by plane to their house, he finds it a strange and terrifying experience, until he begins to adjust to his new life. J FICTION KRAUS JOA

Lee, Marie G. F is for Fabuloso 1999 Seventh grader Jin-Ha finds her adjustment to life in America complicated by her mother's difficulty in learning to speak English. J FICTION LEE MAR

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Myers, Anna. Rosie's Tiger 1994 In 1952 in Oklahoma, sixth grader Rosie enlists the aid of her new best friend, the flamboyant Cassandra, in trying to get rid of the Korean wife and stepson her older brother has brought back from the war. J FICTION MYERS ANN

Na, An. A Step from Heaven 2000 A Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America. J FICTION NA AN

Neuberger, Anne E. The Girl-Son 1995 Based on the life of Induk Pahk, a Korean educator, whose mother disguised her as a boy at the age of eight in order for her to attend school, a choice forbidden to girls in the early twentieth century in that country. J FICTION NEUBERGE ANN

Park, Linda Sue.  Archer's Quest 2006 Twelve-year-old Kevin Kim helps Chu-mong, a legendary king of ancient Korea, return to his own time. J FICTION PARK LIN

Park, Linda Sue. The Kite Fighters 2000 In Korea in 1473, eleven-year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born son receives special treatment from their father, and combines his kite-flying skill with Kee-sup's kite-making skill in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition. J FICTION PARK LIN

Park, Linda Sue. Project Mulberry 2005 While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend Patrick learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance, prejudice, friendship, patience, and more. Between the chapters are short dialogues between the author and main character about the writing of the book. J FICTION PARK LIN

Park, Linda Sue. Seesaw Girl 1999 Impatient with the constraints put on her as an aristocratic girl living in Korea during the seventeenth century, twelve-year-old Jade Blossom determines to see beyond her small world. J FICTION PARK LIN

Park, Linda Sue. When My Name Was Keoko 2002 With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely. J FICTION PARK LIN

Shalant, Phyllis. Beware of Kissing Lizard Lips 1995 Zach is small for a sixth-grader and the girls make fun of him, but when one girl in his class starts showing him some tae kwon do moves and teaching him about martial arts, things begin to change. J FICTION SHALANT PHY

Son, John. Finding My Hat 2003 Jin-Han describes his life growing up with his mother and father, immigrants from Korea, and his little sister as they move to different cities with his parents' business. J FICTION SON JOH

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