This was another book with the same topic of the war between Japan and Korea, but told in a different perspective. I liked this book a lot less than So Far From the Bamboo Grove I found that it started off slower and was a lot harder to get into which is something I don't look for in reading. I found the themes of family value and personal strength very prevent all through out the books and which would be great for student to explore. I really like her style of writing in creating a vivid picture and emotions. This is an excellent book to help understand the impact of the Korean War on a young woman and on traditional Korean values. This book is about a 10 year old girl named Sookan and she lives with her mother, grandfather, aunt, and little brother. They live in North Korea in 1945. Her and her mother and aunt work in a sock factory for the Japanese soliders in World War II. Suddenly they were forced out and the Russians take over. Her family has no means of income and is left with their best possible decision: to escape to the south. Sookan, her brother, and her mom leave for freedom. Along the way Sookan's mother gets arrested by Russian guards. Now Sookan and her brother must find away to escape to South Korea will she can be free with her father and two other brothers. The author has a wonderful writing style that truly makes you feel like you are part of the story, especially near the end. I think every will enjoy reading true story and will really make you think about how both sides are effected during war.