In The Shadow Of The Sun – by Anne Sibley O’Brien (2017)

Mia Andrews was born in South Korea, but has lived in the United States with her adoptive parents and older brother Simon since infancy. Her father works for a relief organization that provides food and other aid to foreign countries. Mr. Andrews has a chance to take Mia and Simon along on a business trip to North Korea. Although it’s not South Korea, where she was born, Mia is excited to be so close to her homeland.

The kids are instructed to be very careful, listen to the tour guide, take no pictures without permission, and always stay with the group of tourists. Mia has learned to speak and read some Korean, and enjoys trying out her language skills.

But the vacation takes a dark turn when Mr. Andrews is abruptly arrested, and the kids find themselves with a cell phone that contains contraband photos from some of North Korea’s death camps. To avoid being imprisoned for possession of the phone, Simon and Mia flee into the night. Can they escape to a safe place, and get the photos to someone who can expose the truth about North Korea’s prison camps?

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Touches The Sky – by James Calvin Schaap (2003)

In the 1890’s, a wave of Dutch settlers migrated en masse to the Dakota Territory, and settled in an area that was home to the Sioux nation. The two ethnic groups were about as different as they could be, both in lifestyle and in religious beliefs. They lived near each other in an uneasy fashion, each suspicious of the other.

In this historic novel, the author creates the character of Jan Ellerbroek, who moves into the area and marries a white woman, Dalitha, who has lived among the Lakota Indians (a sub-culture of the Sioux nation) so long that she is more like them than the Dutch. She has been a devoted school-teacher to the Indian children for many years. Her husband Jan is not as comfortable with the native people as his wife is, though.

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