Pacific Odyssey to California, 1905

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The sparkling white beaches and exotic palm trees seem like a dream to eleven-year-old Su-Na, a Korean immigrant whose family has journeyed to the island of Hawaii, hoping to find prosperity and good fortune. While her father works long, hard hours for low wages on a sugar cane plantation, Su-Na and her two younger sisters, Jae-Mi and Hi-Jong, get their first glimpse of an unfamiliar culture, tast strange new foods...and see firsthand the racism that prevails among the different...
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Overview

The sparkling white beaches and exotic palm trees seem like a dream to eleven-year-old Su-Na, a Korean immigrant whose family has journeyed to the island of Hawaii, hoping to find prosperity and good fortune. While her father works long, hard hours for low wages on a sugar cane plantation, Su-Na and her two younger sisters, Jae-Mi and Hi-Jong, get their first glimpse of an unfamiliar culture, tast strange new foods...and see firsthand the racism that prevails among the different Asian populations.

Discouraged by their experiences in Hawaii, but still hopeful that life on the mainland will be everything they've imagined, the family moves to California. All of them struggle with language barriers, poverty, and prejudice in their adopted homeland, and the sisters soon find that their new American lifestyle often conflicts with their traditional Korean heritage. Growing up in both worlds, the girls begin to understand themselves better...but they also realize that America will not truly be a free country until all its people are considered equal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613450898
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 199
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Lawlor has published more than thirty books for children and

young adults. Magnificent Voyage: An American Adventurer on Captain James

Cook's Final Expedition was a VOYA Nonfiction Honor Book called

"fascinating" by the New York Times. Helen Keller: Rebellious

Spirit was named an American Library Association Notable Book and a Best

Book for Young Adults. Shadow Catcher: The Life and Work of Edward S.

Curtis won a Golden Kite Honor Award and the Carl Sandburg Award. Ms.

Lawlor lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2001

    Wonderful addition to the American Sisters series.

    The year is 1905, and, hoping for a better life, eleven-year-old Su-Na, her parents, and her two younger sisters have traveled from Korea to Hawaii. But life there is not all that they have expected. There is no school, and the low wages paid to immigrant laborers are barely enough to survive on, especially after a new baby is born. After a year in Hawaii, the family travels to the town of Riverside, California, where Su-Na and her sisters attend school while their father works as a fruit picker. But after two years during which Riverside begins to seem like home and another baby brother is born, their life is shattered by violence and prejudice. Once again the family must move, this time to the mining town of Idria. The work there is very dangerous, and Su-Na, now an independent, headstrong teenager with dreams of her own, constantly quarrels with her traditional parents. This was an excellent addition to the American Sisters series that brought to life the conflicts that exist in immigrant families, between the traditional parents and their increasingly Americanized children. I highly reccomend this book to young readers who enjoy historical novels, such as the Dear America series.

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