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The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what happens when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious about fitting in. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she decides to choose an American name from a glass jar. But while Unhei thinks of being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, nothing feels right. With the help of a new friend, Unhei will learn that the best name is her own. 

“Unhei’s reflection and inner strength are noteworthy; cultural details freshen the story.” – The New York Times

“Interweaving several issues into this touching account and delicately addressing the challenges of assimilation.” – Kirkus Reviews



Math Reads Book from Marilyn Burns
A California Young Reader Medal nominee
A Best of the Best by the Chicago Public Library
An IRA Teachers’ Choice
PBS Reading Rainbow Selection
An ABA Kids’ Pick of the List

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