Son, John. Finding my hat.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

SON, John. Finding my hat. (First Person Fiction.) Scholastic. 185p. c2003.0-439-43539-0. $6.99. JS

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, January 2004: John Son adds the inspiration of his own family's immigrant experience to this excellent series. John's parents were born in Korea; he immigrated to America with his parents as a young child. He begins this fictional story with incidents in Jin-Han's early childhood, his first memories living with his loving parents in Chicago. The family decides to invest in a wig store, as other Koreans in the 1970s were doing, with many of their customers African Americans. The story of Jin-Han and his family (a little sister comes along eventually) is told in whimsical vignettes, many of which are amusing tales of family life, until later, when Jin-Han is a teenager and his mother is stricken with cancer and dies. Before this tragedy, Jin-Han is slowly learning about girls--he is popular with his friends and leads a life he's pretty sure his parents couldn't possibly understand. When his Ahpbah...

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