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TFK Reads: Finding Junie Kim

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A summer day is the perfect time to chill out with a good book. TFK Kid Reporters have reviewed some of the hottest books of the season. Below, TFK Kid Reporter Victoria Hanson shares her thoughts on Finding Junie Kim, by Ellen Oh. Check back next week for another review.

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Middle schooler Junie Kim is facing racism and bullying at school, but she keeps quiet. Then, for a school project, Junie interviews her grandparents, who grew up in Korea during wartime in the 1950s. In their story of struggle, Junie finds the courage to speak up in defense of herself and others. Finding Junie Kim, by Ellen Oh, is particularly relevant now, when Asian Americans are experiencing a rise in violent attacks and discrimination. The book will be an inspiration for any kid who has ever been in Junie’s shoes. I rate it a 9 out of 10.

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