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So annoying.

In Young-hee's life everything feels wrong. It seemed like only yesterday that her world was just as it should be. But now her dad is gone, her mom is overextended, and Young-hee is forced to move back to Seoul—and not a nice part of Seoul, either. To make matters worse, the girls at her new school are nasty, and her little brother Bum is an insufferable, atten
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Tuttle Publishing
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Christina Farley
Jul 02, 2015 Christina Farley rated it it was amazing
Russell, in his debut middle grade reader, whisks readers from modern day Seoul and into the magical land called Strange Land where Korean mythological creatures live such as the dokkaebi, the Haechi, and dragons. As a lover of unique stories and high adventure, I was instantly captivated with this tale. The main character, Young-hee, uses her wits and determination to undergo a noble quest to save her brother. I have passed on this book to my two sons who I know will love this read. If you are ...more
Barry Welsh
Sep 22, 2015 Barry Welsh rated it it was amazing
Young-hee and the Pullocho is a young-adult fantasy novel that takes the reader on an enchanting journey through Korean myth and folklore. Young-hee is a 13 year old girl who, along with her high strung mother and highly irritating younger brother, has just returned to Seoul after living in Canada for several years. Depressed by the shabby apartment block her family is forced to live in and intimidated by the popular, cliquey girls at her new school, Young-hee feels her life is falling apart. ...more
Nicole
Oct 21, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
This would have been five stars, but the beginning was stretched way too long and I found a lot of spelling areas around the middle of the book which annoyed me, though the beginning and end were fine.

But I love adventure in magical worlds and learning a little about the legends and stories of Korea was really refreshing. The world was very colorful and the characters were fun to read and I couldn't wait to see who I'd meet next and what the next part of the journey would be.

I'm usually harsher
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Akoss
Aug 23, 2015 Akoss rated it liked it
A young Korean girl lost her brother to a goblin in a magical land. In order to save him she took on a quest to find and retrieve a powerful and mythical root called Pullocho.

I found the story enjoyable but had some minor issues with it having to do with plot consistency and filler paragraphs. The story had an epic fantasy feel even though there was a transition from modern world to magical land. In epic fantasy you expect the main character and companions to have moments when they need food and
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Dec 11, 2015 Erik This Kid Reviews Books rated it really liked it
Synopsis- Young-hee hated that her family was back in Korea. They had traveled abroad, but now they were back. Her dad was away and they lived in a run-down apartment. Add her annoying toddler-brother, Young-beom, into the mess, and Young-hee is miserable. But when she finds a doorway into a magical world, her life starts to turn around. When she brings Young-beom there, however, he gets tricked into being held captive by a goblin. To save him, Young-hee must go and travel to find a mysterious ...more
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Mark James Russell is writer based in Seoul, South Korea.

He is the author of two non-fiction books, Pop Goes Korea: Behind the Revolution in Movies, Music and Internet Culture (2009) and K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution (2014), and the novel Young-hee and the Pullocho (2015).

Mark has lived in South Korea since 1996 (albeit with a few years off, living in Spain and elsewhere), writing about
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