Books by Sook Nyul Choi

GATHERING OF PEARLS by Sook Nyul Choi
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Sookan is sometimes annoyingly good, but the story of her struggle with her Korean heritage makes her more than just an ethnic Pollyanna. (Fiction. 12+)"
In this sequel to Choi's autobiographical Year of Impossible Goodbyes (1991) and Echoes of the White Giraffe (1993), 19-year-old Sookan continues her journey—this time leaving Korea to study at Finch, a Catholic women's college in White Plains, N.Y. Although frightened by the enormity of her adventure and confused by the strangeness of American culture, Sookan is determined to excel at her studies, work for her keep, and serve as unofficial ambassador for her country. Read full book review >
HALMONI AND THE PICNIC by Sook Nyul Choi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A sensitive exploration of difficulties facing immigrants, particularly older people who don't get the crash course in American culture provided by school or a job. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Yunmi, a Korean-American third-grader in a N.Y.C. parochial school, worries about her grandmother Halmoni, who's been in the US only two months and is having a hard time with the English language and American customs. Read full book review >
ECHOES OF THE WHITE GIRAFFE by Sook Nyul Choi
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

In a sequel to the autobiographical Year of Impossible Goodbyes (1991, ALA Notable), Sookan, now 15, is again a refugee. Read full book review >
YEAR OF IMPOSSIBLE GOODBYES by Sook Nyul Choi
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

A moving fictionalized account of Choi's last months as a child in Pyongyang under the brutal Japanese rule that oppressed Korea for more than 30 years before 1945, and her harrowing escape with her seven-year-old brother south across the 38th parallel. Read full book review >