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Krista Kim-Bap

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Krista and Jason have been best friends since preschool. It never mattered that he was a boy with reddish brown hair and she was "the Korean girl" at school. Now in fifth grade, everyone in their class is preparing their Heritage Month projects. Jason has always loved Krista's Korean family, and particularly her mom's cooking, but Krista is conflicted about being her schoo ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published April 18th 2018 by Second Story Press
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[Shai] Bibliophage
Krista Kim-Bap is a middle-grade fiction book which is about Krista and her Korean family who resides in Canada. Krista was struggling with some of the changes she's experiencing such as the transformation in her style of clothing, and the shift in how her classmates treat here. Because of these changes, her relationship with her best friend Jason was on the rocks. Her sister, grandma and her mom all helped her by trying to let her clear and understand some things, especially on how she must l ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This heartwarming chapter book for children from a Korean Canadian teacher epitomises #ownvoices gold, with laughs alongside learning about friendship, culture, and growing up!
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book was cute and the characters felt real to me. The problems faced by the MC were not over the top or overly traumatic, but they were legitimate and something that I would think most children go through at one time or another.

One HUGE warning with this book. It will make you SO HUNGRY!!! Lol, the food described in this book sounded AMAZING and I wanted ALL of it. The MC is Korean-Canadian and one of the plot points is that she has to do a report on the countries of her ancestry (all the
Ms. Yingling
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
E ACR from Edelweiss Plus

Krista and her friend Jason have to work on a project for school about their country of origin and what makes their culture particularly interesting. Krista thinks it is the food of Korea, and Jason certainly agrees. He loves kimchee and just about everything except a particular kind of soup. Krista's mom cooks a variety of foods, and often buys the Korean delicacies, so Krista asks her grandmother for help with her project. Even though she has a rocky relationship with
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Krista, almost twelve, lives in Vancouver, Canada, and suddenly faces the challenges of a National Heritage assignment, an invitation to a Red Carpet party thrown by one of the cool, popular girls and then her class's participation in a Celebration of Dance. Krista enlists the help of her critical, traditional Korean grandmother to learn how to prepare Korean dishes for her class presentation. Krista and her grandmother prepare kimbap (which is NOT the same as sushi!) for the class and learns ho ...more
Elley Murray
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, jv-fiction
I really loved this story. Krista is eleven and I felt like the reading difficulty was appropriate for that 10+ age range, while at the same time introducing themes of culture, family, friendship, growing up, and self discovery. I also am slightly obsessed with Korean food, so I loved all the great descriptions of Korean food and culture in this book. This book is definitely accessible for a young audience, but at the same time I really enjoyed reading it at age 32 as well. I’ll definitely be on ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read that transported me back to my days as a tween. The story deals with the awkwardness and complexity of changing social circles at school as well as connecting with one's family and heritage across generational divides. I enjoyed the balance between the friendship and family arcs and the appreciated the explicit discussion of narrow beauty standards in Korea (which are similar to in Taiwan). Krista reminded me of myself at the same age–unfashionable, not very popular, and br ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Krista navigates the choppy waters of fifth grade in Krista Kim-Bap, examining friendship, identity, and family in Vancouver, Canada. Krista’s long-standing friendship with Jason is tested when she begins to explore friendships with the other girls in class, and an impending Heritage Month school project forces her to think about the ways her family expresses their Korean identity. Since Krista’s teen sister downplays her ethnicity at every turn and her mother refuses to cook Korean food to avoi ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Krista and Jason have been best friends since preschool. When she gets noticed by the popular girls she can't so no to their invitations to join them. Meanwhile Jason is left hurt and confused. She soon realizes that she isn't herself when she is with the girls and only Jason makes her feel comfortable in her own old shoes. This story of friendship is also filled with the tradition of Korean food. Jason loves both Krista and her Korean family and it isn't long before Krista regrets how she has t ...more
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Krista Kim is a fifth-grader living in Vancouver, BC and the only Korean Canadian in her school. Jason has been her best friend since preschool and Krista has always just assumed they would always be besties. And Krista had turned Jason onto Korean food, which he now loves and consequently, is at the Kim house fairly frequently. Unfortunately, Krista's grandmother doesn't seem to like Jason one bit.

When their teacher announces that they will be working on a Heritage Month project, Krista isn't t
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I was in the grade school, we studied our heritage, just as Krista does in this middle-school book. And like Krista, we were encouraged to study our cultural history through food. We were all supposed to bring in recipes from our family that were part of our heritage. My heritage was half Italian and have British. But, my father, like the parents in this book, who are first generation born in their country, do not speak to the language of their parents. Thus, like Krista, I did not know Ita ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-myrca
Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will be purchasing it for my library.

Krista is in fifth grade, and has to do a project for Heritage Month at school. She's not excited about the project, because there aren't many Korean-Canadian kids at her school and she doesn't want to draw attention to herself. She finally decides to focus on Korean food, something which she loves to eat, and a passion she's also shares with her best
Heather Brown
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fifth grade has changes in store for Krista. She sees a new side of herself and her sister Tori, when Tori makes a gorgeous dress for a party Krista reluctantly goes to. Suddenly Krista is hanging out with all of the popular girls instead of with her bestie since preschool, Jason. Krista is also learning more about her Korean heritage while making traditional Korean foods with her intimidating grandmother. Some changes are good, others not so much. Can Krista find her place and still be happy?
Gabriele Goldstone
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I tutor EAL with a recent immigrant from South Korea. This book has been an excellent way for me to gather insight into the South Korean culture—especially food and a bit of fashion. Last week we discussed 'ssangapul'—an eyelid surgery to make the eyes appear bigger. Angela Ahn's book talks about this. I think adding some recipes could have made the book even better.

Growing up as a first generation immigrant myself, I appreciate the challenges that Krista and her sister, Tori experience in Ahn'
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was adorable! And now I’m craving Korean.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
An enjoyable read about a girl who’s trying to figure out who she is, and who who true friends are. It’s a great story, with tasty food, mixed with learning about your identity.
A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Denise Hershberger
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm making a goal of reading more books that would be culturally relevant for immigrant children since I teach ESL. I really liked this one because I felt like it would help all children learn more about interpersonal relationships and how they don't really differentiate based on culture, gender, or race. I liked that Krista and Jason were such good friends even though they didn't share a culture, gender, or race but did share their school experiences.

I also really liked how this book portrayed
The Book Chief
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I came across this book on Twitter, where it was recommended by a friend who is a public librarian and an authority on middle grade books. Since a review copy was available on NetGalley, I logged my request and got the free eARC on my Kindle. Needless to say (but am still saying it!) this does not impact my review of the book.

Krista Kim-Bap is a slice of the life of twelve-year old Krista Kim who is a Korean-Canadian living in Vancouver. She has never been to Korea, cannot speak or read Korean
Kristen Beverly
I really loved this story. It's for a younger middle grade crowd and has some great lessons about embracing yourself and your family's culture, friends shouldn't ask you to do uncomfortable things, and people may be using you. These are all great lessons for the book's intended audience. I thought it was a super cute story and well done.
Becky B
Krista Kim’s life is about to be shaken up by a family heritage project, popular girl Madison’s birthday party, and the Celebration of Dance her teacher has signed the class up to participate in. For the heritage project her best friend Jason suggests she focus on Korean food because he loves eating the stuff at her house. The trouble is her mom, though of Korean descent, has lived in Canada all her life and doesn’t really know how to cook Korean so Krista’d have to ask her grandmother for help. ...more
Michelle Mallette
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclosure - the author is a friend of mine, though we haven't seen each other in many years.

This is a truly enjoyable story that celebrates culture, friendship, and family. Krista Kim is almost 12 years old and lives with her Korean-Canadian mum, dad, and sister Tori in Vancouver. Her very best friend is a boy named Jason; they’ve been thick as thieves since the first day of preschool together. They eat lunch together, choose each other as partners in class, and have a standing date every Wedn
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Krista Kim-Bap by Angela Ahn, published by Second Story Press is a fabulous little middle grade novel.

Krista and her best friend Jason have been friends since preschool. Now they are in fifth grade and things begin to change. First, Krista starts developing a new friendship with some of the girls while neglecting her best friend. She also becomes the class defacto ”Korean Ambassador” for Heritage Month at her school. At a time when so much begins to change, how does Krista manage?

I really loved
* Thank you to NetGalley for an E-ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

This was a good book about growing up, navigating the social difficulties of being a tween, and appreciating your cultural heritage. Krista is a young Korean-Canadian who doesn't relate at all to her Korean heritage except for her love of the food. Her nuclear family is very modern, but her grandmother is still very traditional - she cooks all of the traditional foods, expects girls to always look their best, and to be v
this was such a fun light-hearted read. krista's struggle to find her identity as she enters fifth grade is something everyone can empathise with - that's the time period when lines can be drawn between gender and class in the cruelest ways, splitting up friendships easily. the ways she finds to strengthen her relationships to her sister and her grandmother are also easy to identify with. family can be hella confusing! but they will surprise you with unexpected support from time to time. krista' ...more
Patricia Tilton
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Angela Ahn has written a sweetly satisfying coming of age novel about an 11-year-old girl, who is a third-generation Korean-Canadian trying to fit in at school. The author creates a nice balance between cultural traditions, differences, family relationships and friendships.

Krista is a feisty protagonist who is comfortable with herself. Somewhat a tomboy, she prefers jeans and t-shirts and wears her hair in a pony tail. She spends a lot of time with her best friend Jason, until she’s invited to a
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a heartwarming book about a Korean Canadian middle grade girl who is trying to figure out her identity. Loved how she bonded with her heritage and grandmother over its food. Also, how she learned to balance friendships between her boy best friend and some new girlfriends. But the best part is when her mother, sat her and her sister down, to emphasize that the western concept of beauty (double eyelids) is just that. A western concept. And it doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong or less ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable young adult read. Good window into one Korean-Canadian girls world for a short period of time.
Christina Reid
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Full review to come closer to publication!
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Cute and semi-realistic.
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