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A Step From Heaven

An Na

From master storyteller An Na comes the Printz Award-winning novel about a Korean girl who tells her firsthand account of trying to find her place and identity in America from the day she leaves Korea as a child to her rocky journey through the teenage years. At age four, Young Ju moves with her parents from Korea to Southern California. She has always imagined America would be like heaven: easy, blissful, and full of riches. But when her family arrives, she finds it to be the opposite. With a stubborn language barrier and cultural dissimilarities, not only is it impossible to make friends, but even her family's internal bonds are wavering. Her parents' finances are strained, yet her father's stomach is full of booze. As Young Ju's once solid and reliable family starts tearing apart, her younger brother begins to gain more freedom and respect simply because of his gender. Young Ju begins to lose all hope in the dream she once held-the heaven she longs for. Even as she begins to finally fit in, a cataclysmic family event will change her idea of heaven forever. But it also helps her to recognize the strength she holds, and envision the future she desires, and deserves.

From master storyteller An Na comes the Printz Award-winning novel about a Korean girl who tells her firsthand account of trying to find her place and identity in America from the day she leaves Korea as a child to her rocky journey through the teenage years. At age four, Young Ju moves with her parents from Korea to Southern California. She has always imagined America would be like heaven: easy, blissful, and full of riches. But when her family arrives, she finds it to be the opposite. With a stubborn language barrier and cultural dissimilarities, not only is it impossible to make friends, but even her family's internal bonds are wavering. Her parents' finances are strained, yet her father's stomach is full of booze. As Young Ju's once solid and reliable family starts tearing apart, her younger brother begins to gain more freedom and respect simply because of his gender. Young Ju begins to lose all hope in the dream she once held-the heaven she longs for. Even as she begins to finally fit in, a cataclysmic family event will change her idea of heaven forever. But it also helps her to recognize the strength she holds, and envision the future she desires, and deserves.
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From master storyteller An Na comes the Printz Award-winning novel about a Korean girl who tells her firsthand account of trying to find her place and identity in America from the day she leaves Korea as a child to her rocky journey through the teenage years. At age four, Young Ju moves with her parents from Korea to Southern California. She has always imagined America would be like heaven: easy, blissful, and full of riches. But when her family arrives, she finds it to be the opposite. With a stubborn language barrier and cultural dissimilarities, not only is it impossible to make friends, but even her family's internal bonds are wavering. Her parents' finances are strained, yet her father's stomach is full of booze. As Young Ju's once solid and reliable family starts tearing apart, her younger brother begins to gain more freedom and respect simply because of his gender. Young Ju begins to lose all hope in the dream she once held-the heaven she longs for. Even as she begins to finally fit in, a cataclysmic family event will change her idea of heaven forever. But it also helps her to recognize the strength she holds, and envision the future she desires, and deserves.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jina Oh

Length:

4h 15m


Chapters

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01:15

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:37


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:57


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:03