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Encyclopedia > Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children's fiction. Park published her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in 1999. To date, she has written six children’s novels and five picture books for younger readers. Park’s work achieved prominence when she received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel, A Single Shard. A Korean American is a person of Korean ancestry who was either born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ... Basic Characteristics There is some debate as to what constitutes childrens literature. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ... A Single Shard is the winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal, awarded for excellence in childrens literature. ...


Personal Life

Park was born in Urbana, Illinois on March 25, 1960 and grew up outside Chicago.[1] The daughter of Korean immigrants, Park has been writing poetry and stories since the age of four. Park published her first poem when she was nine years old for Trailblazer magazine. Through elementary and high school, she continued to publish poems in magazines for children and young people. A snowy day in Carle Park west of the Urbana High School. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... This article is about Illinois largest city. ...

Park competed on the gymnastics team at Stanford University and graduated with a degree in English. She obtained advanced degrees in literature from Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland and from the University of London. Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness, such as handsprings, handstands, forward rolls, aerials and tucks. ... The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in an unincorporated part of Santa Clara County. ... Trinity College, Dublin, corporately designated as the Provost, Fellows and Scholars of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin, was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, and is the only constituent college of the University of Dublin, Irelands oldest university. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ...

Before writing her first book, Park worked at many jobs, including public relations for a major oil firm, food journalism for British magazines and newspapers, and teaching English as a second language to college students. Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Public relations (PR) is the art of managing communication between an organization and its key publics to build, manage and sustain a positive image. ...

Park competed in the television game show Jeopardy! on an episode aired October 20, 2006, where she finished in 3rd place. [2] A game show involves members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... Jeopardy! is a popular international television quiz game show, originally devised by Merv Griffin, who also created Wheel of Fortune. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI), a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Park lives in Rochester, New York with her husband and two children. Nickname: The Flour City, The Flower City, The Worlds Image Center Motto: Rochester: Made for Living Location of Rochester in New York State Country United States State New York County Monroe Mayor Robert Duffy Area    - City 37. ...


Park generally writes historical fiction. With the exception of three picture books, all of Park’s books center upon Korean history and Korean culture. Her first three novels are set in ancient or medieval Korea. However, her fourth novel, When My Name Was Keoko, depicts the more recent history of Japanese occupation of Korea during World War II. Project Mulberry occurs in a contemporary setting outside Chicago. Park’s latest book, Archer’s Quest, introduces a historical figure into modern times. A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, where the time the action takes place in predates the time of the first publication -- distinguish and contrast the genre of alternate history. ... This article is about the history of Korea. ... The traditional culture of Korea is shared by South Korea and North Korea, but there are regional differences. ... Korea (Korean: 한국 or ì¡°ì„ , see below) is a geographic area, civilization, and former state situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. ... Korea is a formerly unified country, situated on the Korean Peninsula in north East Asia adjacent to China in the west and Russia in the north. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead...

Park researches her Korean heritage for her books, demonstrated by historical details within the story along with sections for author’s notes and bibliographies. Her topics feature characteristic elements of Korean culture, including: embroidery (Seesaw Girl); kite fighting (The Kite Fighters); celadon pottery (A Single Shard); silkworms (Project Mulberry); Korean food (Bee-Bim Bop); and archery (Archer’s Quest). She also continues to publish poetry. Gold Embroidery Cross-stitch embroidery, Hungary, mid-20th century Phulkari from Punjab region, India 15th century embroidered cope, Ghent, Belgium Elizabethan embroidery styles include blackwork on linen and dense patterns worked in colored silk and metallic threads on velvet or other rich fabrics Embroidery is the art or handicraft of... Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival held on the fourth Sunday every May in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan Kite flying is the activity of flying kites, light, man-made objects designed to fly in wind. ... Alternate meaning: Celadon (color) Celadon funerary jar from the Three Kingdoms period Celadon is a type of pottery having a pale green glaze. ... Korean pottery appeared later than south Chinese pottery, and required a reasonably stable village culture before domestic Korean potters wheels and kilns could be produced. ... Binomial name Bombyx mori Linnaeus, 1758 For the band named Silkworm, see Silkworm (band). ... Korean cuisine, made for common people, is based largely on rice, vegetables, fish, seaweed and tofu (dubu in Korean). ... These arrows score as an inner 10 (X), and a 9 Archery is the practice of using a bow to shoot arrows. ...



  • Seesaw Girl (1999)
    • Children's Literature Choices, Best Book 2000 List
  • The Kite Fighters (2000)
  • A Single Shard (2001)
  • When My Name Was Keoko (2002)
    • James Addams Honor citation
  • The Firekeeper's Son (2004)
  • Mung-Mung: A Foldout Book of Animal Sounds (2004)
  • What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers (2005)
  • Yum! Yuk!: A Foldout Book of People Sounds From Around the World (2005)
    • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2006
  • Project Mulberry (2005)
    • Chicago Tribune Young Adult Fiction Award
  • Bee-bim Bop (2005)
  • Archer's Quest (2006)

A Single Shard is the winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal, awarded for excellence in childrens literature. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ...


  • "On Meeting a Poet," "Changing the Sheets," "Mobius," " Fourth-Grade Science Project," Avatar Review, Summer 1999
  • "Handstand", Atlanta Review, Spring/Summer 2000
  • "Seven Sins: Portrait of an Aristocratic Young Woman," "Irreversible Loyalty," "A Little World," "The Ramparts at Calvi," The Alsop Review
  • "Armchair Journey," "Hyphen," Miller's Pond, Spring 2002
  • "Picturing the Words," "When the Last Panda Died," "Tide Pool," Avatar Review, Summer 2004

External Links

Official website


  • "Linda Sue Park", The Horn Book Magazine, July/August 2002
  • "Who Wrote That? Featuring Linda Sue Park, California Kids! October 2003
  • "Linda Sue Park's Biography"
  • "Linda Sue Park: A Teacher Found", Teaching PreK-8, Nov/Dec 2004



  1. Bio: Linda Sue Park. Retrieved on 2007-01-01.
  2. Show #5085 - Friday, October 20, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-01-01.

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Workshop Transcript (4018 words)
LINDA SUE PARK: I think the prevalence of psychological introspection in the novel is a post-Freudian development that stops Story dead in its tracks.
LINDA SUE PARK: As I mentioned, I have a character and his or her quest.
LINDA SUE PARK: One more rant: I think the reason for the emphasis on introspection in literature is because novelists have ceded the Story ground to the movies.
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