Have you ever felt different from the other kids in school? In Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung, seventh grader, Cloe Chu, the only Korean American kid in town, is a first chair violin player and straight A student. She and her best friend, Shelly, enjoy Korean pop music, Korean fashion and food. If Cloe could only get her parents to talk about their family and history. Then a new teacher at school, who is Korean, has the class do a family history/anecdote assignment. Cloe’s dad finally opens up and tells Cloe a story about his uncle who escaped a North Korean work camp. When Cloe gets a big fat red F on the assignment for plagiarism, she confronts her parents about their secrecy and lies. The shocking truth sends her spinning out of control. I recommend this interesting and fun summer read for kids in grades four through seven. Have you signed up for our summer reading program yet? We want to reward kids for reading this summer. Go to read.spokanelibrary.org or drop in to the library and we will help you register!
Tags: aliens, best friends, bigotry, families, friendship, Korean Americans, middle school, racial discrimination, self identity