Though she is Japanese, 11-year-old Yoko has lived with her family in Korea all her life. When World War II comes to an end, Koreans rise up to take control of their homeland. Yoko and her family are forced to flee their home, and their harrowing journey to safety is the backbone of this remarkable survival story.
In this autobiographical account, the reader meets 11-year-old Yoko Kawashima, a Japanese girl, and her family. At the end of World War II, Yoko and her family learn that it is not safe for them to stay in Nanam, Korea. As refugees of war they must flee their homeland and travel to Seul, Korea, a safer region. During the trip Yoko and her family must face many physical deprivations. They must also find the courage to cope with the harrowing experiences they encounter during their journey.
So Far from the Bamboo Grove is an outstanding book that pulls you into the adventures of the past in WWII.