Park's Quest

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Puffin Books, 1988 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 148 pages
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Written by Newbery Medalist, National Book Award winner, and Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal recipient Katherine Paterson

Park can't figure out why his mother refuses to talk about his father who died in Vietnam. Park has no memory of him. But he is determined to find out the answers to his questions. When Park's search finally takes him to his gradfather's farm in rural Virginia, he meets obstacles beyond his imagining. Instead of being welcomed as the long lost heir, he is taunted by a young Vietnamese girl. Who is she, and what is she doing on the family farm? And will Park be able to accept the ultimate truth he has sought?

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Being a 5th grade teacher for 30 years, I'd read this book no fewer that 15 times to my students. Each reading, done orally, took me into a deeper understanding of the twists and turns and subtle nuances of the book. Being a Vietnam veteran and a father it was impossible to finish the book without weeping, unabashedly. The scene at the springhouse, at night, under the moon, making the connection with the inarticulate grandfather, Park understands what is consuming both he and his grandfather... the loss of the man they both so dearly loved... brings tears to my eyes yet again. Patterson outdoes herself in another book "Bridge to Terribithia"... another stellar intermediate books I found most beloved by my students and myself. 

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it showed me at the end Whene he finds out that Thanh is his sister and that his parents where divorced.I was also about to cry Whene he finally understood his grandfather and they both started crying.This book is amazing I like it and it's really nice Read full review

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About the author (1988)

Katherine Paterson was born in Qing Jiang, Jiangsu, China in 1932. She attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee and then graduate school in Virginia where she studied Bible and Christian education. Before going to graduate school, she was a teacher for one year and after graduate school, she moved to Japan to be a missionary. Her first book, Sign of the Chrysanthemum was published in 1991. Other titles to follow included The Bridge to Terabithia and Jacod Have I Loved which both won her a Newbery Award, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Lyddie and The Master Puppeteer. In addition to the Newbery Award, she is the recipient of numerous others including the Scott O'Dell Award, the National Book Award for Children's Literature, the American Book Award, the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults Award and the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award. She was also honored with the Hans Christian Anderson Award.

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