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Originally published 2001
Page count 156
Publisher Casemate Publishers
Country United States
Publication date 2001
Genre Young adult fiction
Awards Michael L. Printz Award
|Media type Print (hardback & paperback)|
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A Step From Heaven is the first novel by An Na, published in 2001 by Front Street Press. It won the 2002 Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association.
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At age four, Young Ju moves with her parents from Korea to Southern California. While expecting an easy, blissful life in America, Young Ju sees the stress that the cultural adjustment puts on her family. She struggles with the language barrier in her new school as her parents' relationship begins to strain due to financial issues. During this time, Young Ju's brother Joon Ho is born, and is given more freedom and choices due to his gender. Their father is an alcoholic, eventually getting arrested for DUI and subsequently loses his driver's licence. As Young Ju matures and begins to enjoy friends and school, her parents' marriage continues to dwindle and begins affecting Joon, causing him to withdraw from school and further education. Young Ju eventually intervenes when her father starts beating his wife and herself by, calling the police and having her father arrested. When he is released from jail, he leaves the family leaving back to their home country, Korea, without a word. Some time later, when her family is in a better financial position, they move into a better house when, Young Ju is preparing to leave for college, and knows her mother and brother are finally starting to settle into a better life.