Brother's Keeper

Brother's Keeper❴Reading❵ ➸ Brother's Keeper Author Julie Lee – Heartforum.co.uk Can two children escape North Korea on their own North Korea December, Twelve year old Sora and her family live under an iron set of rules No travel without a permit No criticism of the government No Can two children escape North Korea on their own North Korea December, Twelve year old Sora and her family live under an iron set of rules No travel without a permit No criticism of the government No absences from Communist meetings Wear red Hang pictures of the Great Leader Don t trust your neighbors Don t speak your mind You are being watchedBut war is coming, war between North and South Korea, between the Soviets and the Americans War causes chaos and war is the perfect time to escape The plan is simple Sora and her family will walk hundreds of miles to the South Korean city of Busan from their tiny mountain village They just need to avoid napalm, frostbite, border guards, and enemy soldiersBut they can t And when an incendiary bombing changes everything, Sora and her little brother Young will have to get to Busan on their own Can a twelve year old girl and her eight year old brother survive three hundred miles of warzone in winter Haunting, timely, and beautiful, this harrowing novel from a searing new talent offers readers a glimpse into a vanished time and a closed nationA Junior Library Guild Selection.

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Brother's Keeper
  • Julie Lee
  • English
  • 05 December 2018
  • 0823444945

10 thoughts on “Brother's Keeper

  1. Emma Kershaw says:

    This book takes you on such an emotional ride It makes you feel for the main character and everything that she has to go through I couldn t stop reading it

  2. Joanna Bennett says:

    Thank you to the publisher for the arc in exchange for a review All opinions are my own.I don t even know where to begin with this one I knew that it would emotionally be a hard read because earlier this year I read In Order to Live A North Korean Girl s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park and it reminded me of events from that book.Brother s Keeper is written in the time period of the early 1950 s and correlates with The Korean War I haven t read any books about it non fiction or fiction an Thank you to the publisher for the arc in exchange for a review All opinions are my own.I don t even know where to begin with this one I knew that it would emotionally be a hard read because earlier this year I read In Order to Live A North Korean Girl s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park and it reminded me of events from that book.Brother s Keeper is written in the time period of the early 1950 s and correlates with The Korean War I haven t read any books about it non fiction or fiction and so I was very curious to get my hands on it.Sora wants nothingthan to be able to go to school and have her dreams come true This is hard to do when her mother wants her to become the perfect wife and learn to take care of a household She is pushed around a lot and it s really sad to read about I can t imagine what it would be like to constantly have a mother talk about her sons and never about her only daughter Not only does Sora have to try and live up to her mother s expectations but she also has to find a way to survive with her brother.The book is split into parts and also chapters In each chapter there is usually a scene that takes place in the past I liked those because it helped round out the story and givedetails about the other characters that are introduced and the family dynamic before everything starts to unfold.As for the plot, it is hard to read at times but its one that is also hard to look away from I found myself not wanting to put it down because I needed to know what would happen next Will they make it What will happen to her family Will there eventually be a happy ending All of these questions andwould circle in my head and I would just get so anxious reading it There are many issues presented like war, family, and even the role as a daughter Each one is well done and definitely make the book a real tearjerker.Overall, this was a very well written book I liked reading the author note at the end where it talked about getting research and some of it coming from the author s own mother who lived through it This may be fictional but it s easy to see how real many of these events could be If you are interested in books like this historical fiction, I d highly suggest checking this one out It may be an emotional ride but I think it s one that s worth taking

  3. Paige Green says:

    Disclaimer I received this arc from the publisher for a tour that is no longer happening Thanks All opinions are my own.Book Brother s KeeperAuthor Julie LeeBook Series StandaloneRating 5 5Diversity Korean characters Recommended For Korean characters, historical fiction, middle gradePublication Date July 21, 2020Genre MG Historical FictionRecommended Age 13 war, scary scenes, starvation, death, violence, slight gore, sexism Publisher Holiday HousePages 304Synopsis North Korea Disclaimer I received this arc from the publisher for a tour that is no longer happening Thanks All opinions are my own.Book Brother s KeeperAuthor Julie LeeBook Series StandaloneRating 5 5Diversity Korean characters Recommended For Korean characters, historical fiction, middle gradePublication Date July 21, 2020Genre MG Historical FictionRecommended Age 13 war, scary scenes, starvation, death, violence, slight gore, sexism Publisher Holiday HousePages 304Synopsis North Korea December, 1950.Twelve year old Sora and her family live under an iron set of rules No travel without a permit No criticism of the government No absences from Communist meetings Wear red Hang pictures of the Great Leader Don t trust your neighbors Don t speak your mind You are being watched.But war is coming, war between North and South Korea, between the Soviets and the Americans War causes chaos and war is the perfect time to escape The plan is simple Sora and her family will walk hundreds of miles to the South Korean city of Busan from their tiny mountain village They just need to avoid napalm, frostbite, border guards, and enemy soldiers.But they can t And when an incendiary bombing changes everything, Sora and her little brother Young will have to get to Busan on their own Can a twelve year old girl and her eight year old brother survive three hundred miles of warzone in winter Haunting, timely, and beautiful, this harrowing novel from a searing new talent offers readers a glimpse into a vanished time and a closed nation.Review Overall, I thought this was an incredible novel I loved the character development and world building I didn t know a lot about the Korean War which I should have learned because my grandfather fought in it but I loved seeing the events unfold here The book is also well paced and I loved that the books journey is based on the route the author s mother took during that same time.However, this book is a very hard read, which is why I upped the age range I think this is an important read and should be considered for required reading for middle grade classes, but it s a very hard book to read at some parts Verdict A very important read

  4. Ms. Yingling says:

    ARC provided by Follett First LookIn 1950, Sora Pak lives in North Korea with her mother Omahni , father Abahji , and younger brothers Youngsoo and Jisoo She has been pulled out of school to help with her brothers as her parents work on the farm, and things have become increasingly dire in her community Her mother is never happy with Sora s work, claiming that she can t cook and will never find a husband Sora would rather go to college, but this does not seem to be an option She has alread ARC provided by Follett First LookIn 1950, Sora Pak lives in North Korea with her mother Omahni , father Abahji , and younger brothers Youngsoo and Jisoo She has been pulled out of school to help with her brothers as her parents work on the farm, and things have become increasingly dire in her community Her mother is never happy with Sora s work, claiming that she can t cook and will never find a husband Sora would rather go to college, but this does not seem to be an option She has already witnessed the shooting of an uncle, and the Communists have limited the information coming in to the community and imposed many strictures on the people When war arrives, things become evenburdensome to avoid conscription, her father hides in a hole in the ground during the day Family friends, the Kims, are planning to flee to South Korea, where there is some family in Busan Omahni would rather carefully follow all of the unjust rules and stay in her home, but Abahji wants to flee Eventually, circumstances force the Paks to join the exodus from South Korea With very few supplies, they take off across the country After an air attack, Sora and Youngsoo are separated from their parents and brother Initially, Sora tries to retrace their journey, but quickly realizes she must leave the country The journey is arduous and treacherous the siblings have no food, and survive mainly by finding kimchi hidden in the farmhouses they use for shelter Eventually, they make it to Busan, but Youngsoo is very ill Will Sora be able to put her family back together and overcome her mother s cultural expectations to choose her own path forward Strengths The Korean War is definitely an era which needs a LOTbooks written about it, and I was glad to see this approached from the civilian perspective instead of the military one Lee does an excellent job of interspersing information about the historical situation with a compelling tale of survival The way that Sora s mother treats her shows the cultural expectations of the time, but it s good to have Sora speak up for herself at the end Having the dates at the beginning of each chapter is helpful, and I cannot express how happy I was at the note in the back that apologized for having incorrect weather on a particular date Now THAT S the sort of research and attention to detail I want Since this is loosely based on her own mother s experience, the notes and photographs about this make this story evenpowerful There are so many good things about this book that it s hard to list them all Even the cover is excellent Weaknesses Is it horrible of me that I sort of wanted a romance to develop between Sora and Myung gi I think he was just such an appealing character, and Sora deserved some happiness I would love to see a companion novel about Myung gi s experience during this same time period What I really think Definitely purchasing, and will try to get this ARC to one of my former students whose parents were from South Korea and who was always looking forbooks set in that country Very interested to see what Ms Lee will write next Hand this to readers who enjoyed Chang Compestine s The Revolution is Not a Dinner Party or O Brien s In the Shadow of the Sun, or who just want to knowabout Korea and its history Survival fiction fans will also enjoy this

  5. Olivia says:

    BROTHER S KEEPER is a highly engrossing and heartfelt read about a 12 year old girl and her dangerous journey from North to South Korea in 1950 At the beginning of the book, Sora lives with her parents and two younger brothers in North Korea Sora stays at home to watch her brothers instead of going to school, where she was an excellent student and had dreamed of going to university As a girl, her life is to revolve around childcare and domestic chores, starting now while she is 12.Sora hates BROTHER S KEEPER is a highly engrossing and heartfelt read about a 12 year old girl and her dangerous journey from North to South Korea in 1950 At the beginning of the book, Sora lives with her parents and two younger brothers in North Korea Sora stays at home to watch her brothers instead of going to school, where she was an excellent student and had dreamed of going to university As a girl, her life is to revolve around childcare and domestic chores, starting now while she is 12.Sora hates feeling like an afterthought or worthless because she was born female, but this is the culture in which she lives When the war between North and South Korea wages on and her father may be conscripted, her family hears from their friends that they may try to flee south The penalty if caught is death, and Sora s mother fears for their fate, as if the North wins, even their dangerous journey may be for naught After things continue to get worse, her family decides to head south, where their relatives are.The journey has barely begun when Sora and her eight year old brother, Youngsoo, are separated from their parents and toddler brother, Jisoo When a bomb strikes where they were standing, Sora does not want to believe the worst, but she is unsure what to do whether to go back home or head south and hope her parents will be there waiting for her.It is a treacherous journey with death around every corner, and Sora must fight to keep herself and her brother alive.What I loved This book captures a story that is not often told, of the people who were caught in North Korea and chose to brave the journey south The book is evenpowerful because it is based on the journey which the author s mother had made during that time It is not pretty, and this book speaks to familial love and duty as well as the danger, which feels omnipresent and so very real.This is not an easy read there are horrific scenes and the dangers are everywhere However, this book feels so real and important because this story should also be told Even as an adult, this book feels powerful and swept me up in its path I cried a few times, but I think this is part of what makes it so meaningful and potent There is also a theme of Sora finding her place in the world, especially as compared to her brothers and what people say about her as a girl that matter This can be the reality for some girls women and is important to consider and discuss.There are not many books of this time period in North Korea, and this is needed Would definitely recommend to adults and children alike though be forewarned that there are some scenes of death and danger that should be talked through This book can start some important conversations about the world, war, and the past.Final verdict Powerful and moving, BROTHER S KEEPER is a beautiful historical fiction that transports readers to North Korea in 1950 Highly recommend for children and adults alike.Please note that I received an ARC All opinions are my own

  6. Barbara says:

    There are simply not enough books about Korea or the Korean War in print today, and given the importance of that country and that part of the world, it seems important that this dearth of fiction and nonfiction be remedied In this story, based somewhat on experiences of the author s own mother, readers gain insight into what life was like in North Korea in 1950 Twelve year old Pak Sora and her family have endured under the repressive regime that has pitted neighbor against neighbor, barely eki There are simply not enough books about Korea or the Korean War in print today, and given the importance of that country and that part of the world, it seems important that this dearth of fiction and nonfiction be remedied In this story, based somewhat on experiences of the author s own mother, readers gain insight into what life was like in North Korea in 1950 Twelve year old Pak Sora and her family have endured under the repressive regime that has pitted neighbor against neighbor, barely eking out a living and always living under suspicion The start of the Korean War offers Abahji a chance to escape, and he gathers the family on a trek to the south But the family is separated during a bombing, and Sora must forge her way onward with her little brother, Youngsoo Although she loves her sibling, Sora also resents having to take care of him and having been forced to quit school because she was a girl and needed to work and help out at home She makes mistakes along the way and faces severe cold and exposure, starvation, soldiers, and deceitful and mistrustful individuals along the way to Busan, the family s original goal She also encounters individuals with kind and giving hearts The idea of children having to make their way through a war zone alone is horrifying, and the author does a fine job of putting readers right into the thick of things Readers hearts will be broken by Youngsoo s growing frailty, and they are sure to relate to Sora s conflict with her mother who seems unable at many points to give her daughter much credit Although there were some parts of the book such as the bombing that made me a bit skeptical, I raced through the book to see how things would turn out, fully invested in this story of struggle and survival and triumph against great odds and with great costs Caregivers and teachers looking for a story that will leave readers riveted by every page and shocked by all the challenges these children faced will find it in these pages

  7. Barsha Roy Chowdhury says:

    This book split my heart open and swallowed me whole Never have I ever cried so much over a book Not cried, I howled like a mad woman It s been devastating Oh I can t get over this anytime soon The book captures an era which is not talked about much There s a reason why the Korean war is called the Forgotten war We do not have many literature based on the Korean war This little known conflict on a tiny peninsula somehow failed to capture our attention.It s the year 1950 A war is comi This book split my heart open and swallowed me whole Never have I ever cried so much over a book Not cried, I howled like a mad woman It s been devastating Oh I can t get over this anytime soon The book captures an era which is not talked about much There s a reason why the Korean war is called the Forgotten war We do not have many literature based on the Korean war This little known conflict on a tiny peninsula somehow failed to capture our attention.It s the year 1950 A war is coming between the North and South Korea, between the Soviets and the Americans 12 yo Sora Pak lives with her mother, father and two younger brothers under iron structured rules No travel plans without permission, no criticism towards the government, no prayers, no expressing views publicly, wear red and keep picture of the Great Leader hanged on your wall But above all this, dear little Sora has to follow some set rules of her own no school, no studying, learn cooking and take care of her younger brothers She being the only daughter, was always the neglected one She wanted to study but all she was expected to do was taking care of her younger brothers and Sora hated her mother for that.With the war approaching, Sora s father thought it was the perfect time to escape from their homeland and head towards the South Korean city of Busan They were not the only family who were leaving their tiny mountain village With hundreds of people escaping altogether, it wasn t easy to avoid the border guards They got caught up in an incendiary bombing and hence, Sora and her 8 yo brother got separated from their parents in the mayhem They were on their own now, with no food, no money, no backpacks whatsoever Can the two survive the frostbite, the enemy soldiers and three hundred miles of warzone before reaching Busan safely My views The fact that a middle grade book can be this harrowing and leave you stupefied is surprisingly impressive It was not an easy read, not at all The author did a wonderful job capturing tiny details and making the characters seem so alive May be it s because the story is partly based on the story of the author s mother, who was then 15yo living in North Korea when the war began The writing is beyond perfection You as a reader, will find yourself among those hundreds of refugees fleeing their homeland It felt so damn real 300 pages was just not enough for me I needed .I can t bring myself to jot down points on why I loved this book because I loved everything about it The bond between Sora and her brother is so pure and adorable I smiled with them, I cried with them and I was horrified every time they got themselves into something dangerous With no resources and no family to depend on, Sora did all she could and evento protect her brother I felt so bad and angry that she was always made to feel worthless of her existence I wanted to shake up her mother and put some sense into her What did I say The characters felt so alive and real I can t stretch enough how much I loved the book I won t shove it into your face but infact I ll kidnap you and take you to some abandoned tree house in the middle of nowhere and make you read it Just go, find the book somewhere and READ

  8. Book Bound says:

    Disclaimer I received this book for review through a book tour However, I do my best to keep my appreciation to the tour groups from influencing my view of the story It s the year 1950, and war has broken out between North and South Korea Seeing an opportunity to escape from the North, Sora and her family decide to leave behind all they ve ever known in a desperate attempt to make it to Busan, South Korea Sora and her younger brother, Youngsoo, are faced with many challenges along the way, Disclaimer I received this book for review through a book tour However, I do my best to keep my appreciation to the tour groups from influencing my view of the story It s the year 1950, and war has broken out between North and South Korea Seeing an opportunity to escape from the North, Sora and her family decide to leave behind all they ve ever known in a desperate attempt to make it to Busan, South Korea Sora and her younger brother, Youngsoo, are faced with many challenges along the way, even getting separated from the rest of their family Sora and Youngsoo are forced to face brutal truths will they ever see their family again, and will they survive the journey Brother s Keeper was a truly great read Thinking back on this book, I cannot find any issues with it However, this story can be very intense at times, so please note that trigger warning I really enjoyed reading from Sora s point of view She was such an empowered girl, fighting back against the social norms and arguing for her education She showed such perseverance in her fight for survival, taking care of her younger brother when she could barely care for herself In addition, her dynamic with her brother seemed very realistic Even though they argued and she sometimes called her brother names, Sora still had an indestructible bond with Youngsoo, and would do anything to keep him safe I had never read a piece before from this time and setting combination, but I was satisfied with Julie Lee s portrayal of this period of history In all, I had no problems with Brother s Keeper by Julie Lee I really enjoyed Sora s point of view, and found this to be a worthwhile read Therefore, I gave this novel 5 5 stars

  9. Kelsee Evans says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Can two children escape North Korea on their own This story is about family, and the hardships you go through together and for one another.This book was totally engrossing and I could not put it down I had next to no knowledge of the Korean War and this was truly enlightening and at times absolutely heartbreaking I adored Sora and Youngsoo in this story Their strength and determination gave me so much hope And seeing how deeply sexism is built into society for Sora was infuriating This i Can two children escape North Korea on their own This story is about family, and the hardships you go through together and for one another.This book was totally engrossing and I could not put it down I had next to no knowledge of the Korean War and this was truly enlightening and at times absolutely heartbreaking I adored Sora and Youngsoo in this story Their strength and determination gave me so much hope And seeing how deeply sexism is built into society for Sora was infuriating This is overwhelmingly, a sad story But it has a lot of heart and still has a happy and hopeful ending too It was really well written and I loved it.CW war, sickness, starvation, main character death, sexismFree digital ARC was provided to me by Holiday House

  10. Marina Barsoum says:

    This book broke my heart and made me so frustrated The sexism that exists disgusts me I will never take my education for granted I am so grateful that I live in a country where I m free and that I live in a time period where a girl is meant to go to school and get a career and isn t there to be married off This is inspiring I do believe we should improve sexism does still exist but how far we have gotten us amazing I highly recommend you pick this up it is an amazing read Have your tis This book broke my heart and made me so frustrated The sexism that exists disgusts me I will never take my education for granted I am so grateful that I live in a country where I m free and that I live in a time period where a girl is meant to go to school and get a career and isn t there to be married off This is inspiring I do believe we should improve sexism does still exist but how far we have gotten us amazing I highly recommend you pick this up it is an amazing read Have your tissues ready

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