A Step from Heaven

by An Na

When Young Ju is four years old, she learns that her family is leaving their small fishing village in Korea to live in MiGook.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.74 out of 5
  • Published October 13th 2003 by Speak
  • Original Title: A Step From Heaven
  • ISBN: 0142500275 (ISBN13: 9780142500279)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Michael L. Printz Award (2002)
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (2003)
  • IRA Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Award for Young Adult–Fiction (2002)
  • National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature (2001)
  • Missouri Gateway Readers Award Nominee (2004)

When Young Ju is four years old, she learns that her family is leaving their small fishing village in Korea to live in Mi Gook. Young Ju has heard enough about Mi Gook to be sure the place they are moving to is paradise, that she and her family are going to heaven.After flying through the sky for a long time, Young Ju finds out that Mi Gook is actually a regular earthly place called America. And it doesn’t feel at all like heaven. A STEP FROM HEAVEN follows Young’s life from the age of 4 all the way up until she is ready for college, as we watch her change from a hopeful girl into a hardened young adult.