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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,736 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: An Na Narrator: Jina Oh Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When she is five, Young Ju Park and her family move from Korea to California. During the flight, they climb so far into the sky she concludes they are on their way to Heaven, that Heaven must be in America. Heaven is also where her grandfather is. When she learns the distinction, she is so disappointed she wants to go home to her grandmother. Trying to console his niece, Uncle Tim suggests that maybe America can be “a step from Heaven.” Life in America, however, presents problems for Young Ju’s family. Her father becomes depressed, angry, and violent. Jobs are scarce and money is even scarcer. When her brother is born, Young Ju experiences firsthand her father’s sexism as he confers favored status upon the boy who will continue to carry the Park name. In a wrenching climactic scene, her father beats her mother so severely that Young Ju calls the police. Soon afterward, her father goes away and the family begins to heal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Oh’s characterization, which realistically captures this powerful contemporary story and gives authentic crispness to Korean words and phrases, will keep listeners in its grip.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of the 2002 Michael L. Printz Award
  • A 2001 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 2/10/2014

    " I really LOVE THIS BOOK. The reason is because it is a story about a very different unique story. I think that this book is very instresting. If your like a person into different culture and unique life styles than this book would be perfect! I read this again because it was one of a kind. I cannot let it go! I know you will enjoy this much as I would! Trust me it is not a book that will be disappoint you. Unless you have different type of opinions. Otherwise I think this book is a FUN book. I wonder if An Na has any more books. You should definitely READ this! I think this book will be always be in my head! If someone asks , I'll respond with this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tori | 2/8/2014

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amelia | 2/7/2014

    " A Step From Heaven was an excellent book placing the reader in the shoes of an immigrant to the United States. Young Ju is the character that the reader follows as she moves to America from Korea. THe book is written in such a way that the reader can see how Young Ju is growing in her English and knowledge of what is truly American by the way the book is written. Although this book does evoke sadness it brings to light the reality of the experiences of some immigrants to America. This helps the reader think about how he or she treats immigrants and breaks down stereotypes placed on immigrants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Crazy Catherine | 1/27/2014

    " I thought that this book was very powerful. I read it in one day so it kinda sped by and I only read it for school but it was pretty good and exceeded my expectations.It was about a Korean girl who moved to America, convinced it was heaven, but her experience was completely different and she learns more about herself as a person and her family. At first it was weird because it starts out when she was 5 and extends until she's going to college, which is pretty cool. Usually I wouldn't like it because I like more of the fantasy kind of books like the hunger games but this was a "good read". "

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