In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O'Brien audiobook

In the Shadow of the Sun

By Anne Sibley O'Brien
Read by Jackie Chung

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8.94 Hours Unabridged
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North Korea is known as the most repressive country on Earth, with a dictatorial leader, a starving population, and harsh punishment for rebellion. Perfect place for a family vacation, right? Yet that’s exactly where Mia Andrews finds herself, on a tour with her aid-worker father and fractious older brother, Simon. Mia was adopted from South Korea as a baby, and the trip raises tough questions about who she really is. Then her dad is arrested for spying, just as forbidden photographs of North Korean slave-labor camps fall into Mia’s hands. The only way to save Dad: get the pictures into China, over a hundred miles away. Thus Mia and Simon set off on a harrowing journey without food, money, or shelter, in a land where anyone who sees them might turn them in and getting caught could mean prison—or worse. Rooted in years of research and written with deep sympathy for the North Korean people, In the Shadow of the Sun is an unforgettable story of strength and survival.

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North Korea is known as the most repressive country on Earth, with a dictatorial leader, a starving population, and harsh punishment for rebellion. Perfect place for a family vacation, right? Yet that’s exactly where Mia Andrews finds herself, on a tour with her aid-worker father and fractious older brother, Simon. Mia was adopted from South Korea as a baby, and the trip raises tough questions about who she really is. Then her dad is arrested for spying, just as forbidden photographs of North Korean slave-labor camps fall into Mia’s hands. The only way to save Dad: get the pictures into China, over a hundred miles away.

Thus Mia and Simon set off on a harrowing journey without food, money, or shelter, in a land where anyone who sees them might turn them in and getting caught could mean prison—or worse.

Rooted in years of research and written with deep sympathy for the North Korean people, In the Shadow of the Sun is an unforgettable story of strength and survival.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A compelling thriller…but is also an incisive and insightful portrait of a closed society that is largely unknown to the world.” Maine Sunday Telegram
“A thrilling and immersive experience reminiscent of the best spy and wilderness adventure stories. Character development is not sacrificed to action…Information from the fictional tour agency gives readers enough background about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to fully understand the peril the family is in…A riveting work that will appeal to a wide range of readers.” Kirkus Reviews
“Thought-provoking…This fast-paced and tense survivalist thriller, made all the more compelling for its fascinating setting, should find broad appeal.” Booklist
“A nuanced portrayal of North Korea; the government is restrictive and the police force divided, but the citizens’ complex perspectives and attitudes are revealed in thoughtful, interspersed dispatches.” Publishers Weekly
“Narrator Jackie Chung’s delivery of the precise, stilted English of the government guides suggests Mia’s sense of being an outsider. However, Chung truly sets the mood of otherworldliness in her vocalizations of the gross contradiction inherent in every aspect of North Korean life—soaring pride in contributing to the grandiose glorification of the nation and abject terror of reprisal for failing to meet the Supreme Leader’s expectations…As depicted by Chung, Mia and Simon are desperate and believable. Tension is palpable in this middle-grade thriller. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Anne Sibley O'Brien

Author Bio: Anne Sibley O'Brien

Anne Sibley O’Brien was raised bilingual and bicultural in South Korea as the daughter of medical missionaries. She has written or illustrated thirty-one picture books and is a frequent speaker in K-12 classrooms across the country and in international schools around the world.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 8.94
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English