New Teen Book

Somebody’s Daughter by Marie Myung-Ok Lee is the story of nineteen year old Sarah who was adopted from Korea by a Minnesota couple who told her that her birth parents had been killed in a car crash. Sarah travels to Seoul for a year long study of the Korean language. While there, she discovers that her birth parents may still be alive, and begins a search for her birth mother. In alternating chapters, we learn her birthmother’s sad story. Through her Korean-American boyfriend, Sarah is introduced to the people and customs of a country where she was born but feels foreign to her. Marie Lee introduces us to the rural and urban landscape and the people who try to preserve tradition in the face of major changes.