A Step From Heaven- An Na

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This book reminded me of Kira Kira, as they both tell stories of Asian immigrants in America.  I found this book a little hard to get into, perhaps because it doesn’t focus on one time in her life but rather goes from Kindergarten through beginning college.  The story follows a Korean girl from Korea to America and the struggles that her family has adapting to a new culture.  I think that some immigrants will be able to identify to a lot of the story.  It is well written, but just didn’t keep my attention as well as other books do.  I was bothered by the lack of quotation marks- I know that seems silly but it did irk me for some reason.  I think this book could be used in a classroom- middle school most likely.  I would more likely suggest it as an independent reading book.

Awards: (For a full listing go here)


2001 National Book Award Finalist

2002 Children’s Book Award in YA Fiction – International Reading Association

2005 California Collections Selection

2005 Asian American Booklist, Grades 9 and Up, Read Across America, National Education Association

2002 Notable Children’s Book – American Library Association

2002 Best Book for Young Adults – American Library Association

2002 Children’s Books of Distinction Award – Riverbank Review

2002 Fanfare Book – The Horn Book Honor List

2002 Amelia Bloomer Project List

2002 White Ravens – International Youth Library of Munich

2002 Notable Books for the Language Arts – NCTE

2001 Editor’s Choice – Booklist

2001 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

2001 Best Books – School Library Journal

2001 Kiriyama Prize Notable Book Shortlist

2001 Best Children’s Books – Publishers Weekly

2001 Best Book – teenreads.com

2001 Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children

2001 Top 10 Youth First Novels – Booklist

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