If It Hadn’t Been for Yoon Jun by Marie G. Lee [in What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature]
Alice Larsen is a popular seventh-grade cheerleader. Then Yoon Jun Lee arrives from Korea, and Alice’s father wants her to be his friend. Although Alice’s face may look Korean, she’s all-American, having been adopted at birth. Reluctantly, Alice realizes that she may have more to learn from Yoon Jun than he from her.
More than a decade later in 2005, Marie Lee, writing now as Marie Myung-Ok Lee, would write an acclaimed, haunting adult novel about the Korean transracial adoptee experience, Somebody’s Daughter.
Readers: Middle Grade, Young Adult