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A Step From Heaven

Author: An Na
Reviewer's Age: Grade 9

Young Ju narrates this amazing semi-autobiographical story about a lower-class Korean family living in America. She deals with all the ordinary pains and hardships of all ordinary American kids, like school, siblings, and friends, and some maybe not-so-ordinary things, like an abusive father. She's constantly reminded that she's different, not like the rest, maybe not as good as everyone else, especially having a rich white girl as a best friend. But young Ju has a remarkable strength in her that enables her to survive everything. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get confused by the half-Korean half-English language, but it'll all be worth it, because you won't be able to put it down