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In the dark of night, a small Korean girl named Soo escapes from North Korea to South Korea. Her father is waiting for her in the south. Her mother stays behind...

In this powerful story of courage and faith, Soo faces the unknown as she is led by her guide over mountains and through woods, threatened with capture by ever-present enemy soldiers.

In spare and elegant prose, the authors have told a story based on their own mother's "freedom trip" across the 38th parallel just prior to the outbreak of the Korean War. Artist Debra Reid Jenkins has recreated the silence and the danger and the darkness of the journey in lustrous oil paintings, following Soo and her guide through the night—into the morning light of freedom.

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Ginger Park

Ginger Park

Korean American
Frances Park and Ginger Park grew up listening to stories of their mother's childhood in North Korea. One of these stories was the inspiration for&n... See more
Frances Park

Frances Park

Korean American
Frances Park and Ginger Park grew up listening to stories of their mother's childhood in North Korea. One of these stories was the inspiration for&n... See more
Debra Reid Jenkins

Debra Reid Jenkins

Debra Reid Jenkins is a fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across the country. American Artist Magazine honored her in 1996... See more

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Kirkus Reviews

My Freedom Trip
the phenomenal but often unnoticed heroism of many recent immigrants’ journeys to freedom is recorded in this remarkable tale of a young Korean girl’s escape. After Korea has been divided in half...

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