Krista Kim-Bap

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In debut author Angela Ahn's middle grade novel, all Krista wants is to figure out the three F’s: food, family, and friends…

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 their cooking, but Krista is conflicted about being her school’s “Korean Ambassador”. She’s also worried about asking her intimidating grandma to teach the class how to make their traditional kimbap dish. Combine that with her new friends pulling her away from Jason, and Krista has a lot to deal with this year!

Praise & Recognition

Author Ahn writes authentically about the struggle of assimilation while maintaining cultural tradition... A sympathetic portrayal of a typical 11-year-old trying to fit in, with a bit of Korean flair. Kirkus Reviews
Exploring questions of friendship, beauty, culture, and race, this title hits on many topics that will ring true with readers just entering the middle school years. Ahn writes Krista's voice with the right touch of innocence and realism. School Library Journal

Ontario Library Association's Top Ten Best Bets 2018 - Commended

Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award 2019-2020 - Short-listed

Bank Street Best Books of the Year 2019 - Commended

Chocolate Lily Award 2020 - Short-listed


Publication Date: April 3, 2018

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Reading Level: W

Genre: Children's Fiction, Middle Grade

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 168

ISBN: 978-1-77260-063-6

About the Author

Angela Ahn

Angela Ahn is a former high school English and Social Studies teacher. She worked in the Canadian public system as well as for two years in Hong Kong teaching English as a Second Language. After five years of teaching, she went back to school to earn a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia. Angela worked in all types of libraries, but only discovered the joy of children’s literature when she had her own children. She has been at home with her children for the last 10 years in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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