Across the Tumen: A North Korean Kkotjebi Boy's Quest

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As North Korea undergoes a devastating famine, Yeong-dae loses both his parents and is forced to beg on the streets. Soon, this young boy sets off on a desperate journey to China to find his sister. This inspiring tale offers a glimpse into the horrors faced by North Korean children-and their indomitable will to survive.

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Moon Young-sook was born in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, in 1953. Her literary career took off when she won the 2nd Blue Literature Prize in 2004 and the 6th Literature Neighborhood Prize for Children's Literature in 2005. In 2012, she received a creative grant from the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture. Moon's main reason for writing stories is to teach young people about parts of Korean history that Koreans must never forget. Some of her best-known works are the young adult historical novels ''The Kareiski's Endless Wandering'' and ''The Children of Henequen.'' She has also written a number of children's novels, including ''Picture in the Tomb,'' ''The Dark Sea,'' ''Hagi: Lady of the Court,'' ''The Coat of Many Colors,'' ''The Old Man Who Became a Little Child,'' and ''The Bread of Kaesong.''

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When I started reading this book, I found myself amazed that the author seemed to understand North Korean society even better than me and I used to live there! I was sucked into the story, and it felt less like reading a novel and more like reliving my childhood and escape from North Korea. Around 25,000 North Koreans have defected to the South as of 2013, and it seemed like the heartbreaking tale of each defector was distilled into this story. --Kim Young-il, president of PSCORE

Yeong-dae's story blends reportage and children's fiction, giving readers a fresh understanding of life in North Korea and the history of North and South Korea. The well-crafted plot and the breathless narrative flow will engage young readers, too. --School Library Journal, Korea

Reading ACROSS THE TUMEN, you can imagine the tragic lives faced by those who had the misfortune of being born in North Korea . . . As you follow Yeong-dae through this book, you will find yourself thinking long and hard about the food, clothing, and shelter that we take for granted . . . Moon is one of those rare writers who deal with such weighty topics. --yunizini, Kyobo Books reviewer

Yeong-dae's story blends reportage and children's fiction, giving readers a fresh understanding of life in North Korea and the history of North and South Korea. The well-crafted plot and the breathless narrative flow will engage young readers, too. --School Library Journal, Korea

Reading ACROSS THE TUMEN, you can imagine the tragic lives faced by those who had the misfortune of being born in North Korea . . . As you follow Yeong-dae through this book, you will find yourself thinking long and hard about the food, clothing, and shelter that we take for granted . . . Moon is one of those rare writers who deal with such weighty topics. --yunizini, Kyobo Books reviewer

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