Books by Linda Sue Park

CAVERN OF SECRETS by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"The nail-biting adventure, relevant moral dilemmas, and complex characters will leave readers eager for the final installment. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Forest of Wonders (2016), hero Raffa applies his apothecary skills to thwart the Chancellor of Obsidia's malevolent plot to treat wild animals with botanicals and use them against her own people. Read full book review >
YAKS YAK by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"An excellent and entertaining vocabulary builder: pair this with Betsy Rosenthal's An Ambush of Tigers, 2015, illustrated by Jago, for more clever, educational wordplay. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Park and Reinhardt present 18 animal homograph pairs that illustrate for readers what they mean. Read full book review >
FOREST OF WONDERS by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"With its engaging hero, talking animals, arcane magic, moral issues, and unresolved plot, this first of a proposed trilogy promises more exciting forest wonders. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
After discovering a vine with powerful properties in the protected Forest of Wonders, 12-year-old Raffa journeys to Obsidia's capital, where he uncovers a sinister government plan to use botanicals to endanger and enslave animals. Read full book review >
XANDER'S PANDA PARTY by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Unquestionably warmhearted, but its emphasis on zoological facts somewhat undermines its whimsy. (Picture book. 3-5)"
As a member of a rare species, Xander the Panda runs into some evolutionary conflicts when faced with the eternal quandary of whom to invite to his party. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2010

"Salva's heroism and the truth that water is a source of both conflict and reconciliation receive equal, crystal-clear emphasis in this heartfelt account. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Salva Dut is 11 years old when war raging in the Sudan separates him from his family. Read full book review >
KEEPING SCORE by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2008

"A winner at every level. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In 1950s Brooklyn, everyone is baseball mad. Read full book review >
TAP DANCING ON THE ROOF by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"Fresh and collegial, this offering stands out. (Picture book/poetry. 9-12)"
"Sijo," Park tells readers of this beguiling wee book, "is a traditional Korean form of poetry. . . . Read full book review >
ARCHER’S QUEST by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2006

"Still, the satisfying feats of archery, Kevin's urgent, believable puzzling and Chu-mong's ultimate re-launch add up to an exciting novel for male readers, both reluctant and engaged. (historical notes) (Fiction. 9-12)"
This brisk time-travel yarn propels a modern 12-year-old boy into a tangle of Korean history, the Chinese Zodiac and the age-spanning skill of archery. Read full book review >
BEE-BIM BOP! by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2005

"BEE-BIM BOP! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even so fine a writer as Park cannot resist the whole bouncy-rhyming thing. Read full book review >
YUM! YUCK! by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp1992. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Park follows Mung-Mung: A Foldout Book of Animal Sounds (2004) with an equally international array of human exclamations—in about two dozen tongues, and uttered by a multicultural cast of children depicted on foldout leaves. Read full book review >
PROJECT MULBERRY by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2005

"A rich work that treats serious issues with warmth, respect and a good deal of humor. (Fiction. 9-12)"
No obstacle, real or imagined, can stop Julia Song and her best friend Patrick from entering a community farming-club contest. Read full book review >
THE FIREKEEPER’S SON by Linda Sue Park
ADVENTURE
Released: March 22, 2004

"A lovely telling that will bring readers back to read or hear this story one more time. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Drawing once again on her heritage, Newbery Medalist Park tells a tale rooted in the history of Korea. Read full book review >
MUNG-MUNG by Linda Sue Park
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"And it'll have them nuff-nuffing all the way home. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"What kind of animal says "Mung-Mung, BoBo, Gav-Gav, Wow-Wow," or "Woof-Woof?" Read full book review >
WHEN MY NAME WAS KEOKO by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2002

"This powerful and riveting tale of one close-knit, proud Korean family movingly addresses life-and-death issues of courage and collaboration, injustice, and death-defying determination in the face of totalitarian oppression. (afterword, bibliography) (Fiction. 10-15)"
The author of three novels set in different periods of Korean history (A Single Shard, 2001, etc.) now turns to WWII for the story of a brother and sister and their lives with their parents and uncle. Read full book review >
A SINGLE SHARD by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2001

"A timeless jewel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A homeless boy in a 12th-century Korean village makes himself surprisingly useful to a master potter. Read full book review >
THE KITE FIGHTERS by Linda Sue Park
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 20, 2000

Kite making and flying strengthens the bond between two brothers, and earns them a royal friend to boot, in this perceptive tale set in 15th century Korea. Read full book review >
SEESAW GIRL by Linda Sue Park
Released: Aug. 23, 1999

"The evocative descriptions and Jade's intensity in creating new ways to learn will capture and hold readers. (b&w illustrations, bibliography) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In 17th-century Korea, the life of a noblewoman is extremely circumscribed: she leaves the inner court of her family home only to marry, or to attend a funeral. Read full book review >