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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100 Days Of Sunlight – by Abbie Emmons (2021)

When teen poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is left blind after a terrible car accident, she is devastated. The opinion of the doctors is that her sight will likely return within a hundred days, although there is no guarantee. As the days go by, Tessa becomes despondent. Her grandparents, who are raising her, think that if they hire someone to type up the poems that come to her mind, and post things to her website, maybe it will help alleviate the feelings of hopelessness.

Tessa nixes the idea of an ad in the local newspaper, and her grandmother calls the newspaper to tell them to cancel the ad. But the editor’s son, Weston, has already seen the ad and is determined to help Tessa. He shows up at the house every day, and convinces the grandparents that he can help. Tessa is initially resentful, but as time goes by, she begins to appreciate Weston. What she does not know is that Weston is an amputee who has lost both legs.

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