This deeply moving story of a child's escape in the dark of night from North Korea to South Korea is based on memories of the author's mother. Just prior to the outbreak of the Korean War, young Soo secretly crosses the 38th parallel, hoping to join her father on the other side. Because it is dangerous for more than one person to cross at a time, her mother waits behind. At every step there seems to be enemy soldiers, but the child remembers her mother's words—"Be brave, Soo!"—which continues to sustain her even years later. In spare and elegant prose, the authors tell a story of a young girl's faith and courage. Lustrous oil paintings capture precious moments when the family is together as well as the frightening danger of the journey in this NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book.
Frances Park and Ginger Park are sisters who both live near Washington D.C., where they own a shop called Chocolate Chocolate. This is their first book for children. Frances is the author of an adult novel, Hotline Heaven, and she and Ginger have? a new picture book and a young adult novel forthcoming from Boyds Mills Press.Debra Reid Jenkins is a nationally recognized fine artist who lives in Lowell, Michigan. She has illustrated two books for children, I See the Moon, and I Wanted to Know All about God. This is her first book for Boyds Mills Press.