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2021.10.05

 

Yujin and Yujin

Biotechnology

1. Publication Details

 

Title | Yujin and Yujin
Author | Lee Geum-yi
Publisher | Prooni Books, Inc.
Publication Date | 2004-07-10
ISBN | 9788957980132
No. of pages | 288
Dimensions | 128 * 188

 

2. Copyright Contact

 

Name | Lee Hyojin
Email | copyright@prooni.com
Phone | +82-2-581-0334

 

3. Book Intro

 

Lee Geum-yi has previously published children’s books and novels that contain realistic portrayals of social reality. In Yujin and Yujin, she deals with the serious social issue of child sexual abuse.
Through the delicate portrayal of the psychology of Big Yujin and Little Yujin, who were raped together when they were little, Lee follows their daily lives while at the same time exploring the grave subject matter of sexual violence in a mood that is not excessively dark or bleak.
Such narrative devices as the chance meeting between the two namesakes at middle school and the peculiar psychology of another protagonist who does not remember them at all add to the intrigue of the story. In addition, the interlocking narrative delicately conveys the contrasting inner worlds of the two protagonists and draws us deeper into the story. Lee states In reality, we can only choose one path to follow when we face a forked road, but in this fictional world, I wanted my readers to experience more than two versions of reality through different characters.
Furthermore, one of the book’s virtues lies in the insight into the minds of adolescent girls, who can be even more mature than grown-ups sometimes, as they share their interests in the opposite sex and the new media pervading the world and partake in lively conversations.


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Do Not Enter

To Us, Who Live as Women

1. Publication Details

 

Title | Do Not Enter
Author | Choi Namee
Publisher | SAKYEJUL PUBLISHING LTD.
Publication Date | 2019-01-25
ISBN | 9791160944266
No. of pages | 182
Dimensions | 143 * 225

 

2. Copyright Contact

 

Name | Kang Hyunjoo
Email | kanghjoo@sakyejul.com
Phone | +82-31-955-8600

 

3. Book Intro

 

An old lady with a strong character who hates being called “granny” meets a socially withdrawn boy with zero empathy. The story begins with the old lady Jo Yeongbun coming to Seokgyun’s house where he has been isolating himself from the outside world for nearly a year following the sudden passing of his mother. Then one day, Seokgyun receives his mother’s cellphone in a package without any indication as to who sent it. Now Seokgyun is bound to solve this mystery.
As readers follow the intricate plot and complicated relationships of characters, they end up with a core question of the book, “What if someone was unintentionally hurt because of me?” The reader embarks on the journey of Seokgyun, who has been living in his own world and not allowing anyone else in, and eventually reaches the final destination where the answer to this question will be found.


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The Law of Beauty

The Story of Hanbok during the Joseon Dynasty

1. Publication Details

 

Title | The Law of Beauty
Author | Na Yoon-a
Publisher | Danielstone Publishing
Publication Date | 2017-07-25
ISBN | 9788958076537
No. of pages | 256
Dimensions | 152 * 210

 

2. Copyright Contact

 

Name | Jung Jihyun
Email | jhjeong@epublic.co.kr
Phone | +82-2-2653-5131 (Ext 322)

 

3. Book Intro

 

This book describes the agony of teenagers wanting to belong to somewhere and to be recognized. Park Miin lives a kind of tough life because her name and appearance don’t match well. She thinks if she becomes like Jeong Hayan, who has both a beautiful name and appearance, she won’t be teased anymore and will find a boyfriend.
Many teenagers get plastic surgery to make them good-looking. Instead of making a quick judgment about plastic surgery or criticizing lookism, the author rather provides a new perceptive on the reasons for them getting plastic surgery - that it’s not as simple as wanting “a good appearance.” It may be a way of seeking companions and a sense of belonging.
The real reason Park wants plastic surgery is that she wants to belong to a squad. It is part of her attempt to settle in with the same age group. Such attempts to belong somewhere and be recognized can take other forms. Kim Mina and her squad bully Park to reconfirm their solidarity. Kim Seunga walks on eggshells around the Kim Mina squad. She can’t decide whether she should support Park or not. Classmates of Park and Kim decide not to stand out because none of them wants to be alone. The author gives a sharp, yet not-so-serious analysis of the agony of teenagers who want to belong to somewhere and be recognized.
Realistic characters and a straightforward writing style unique to the author make the story more interesting.
In the center of the interesting story are the suspicious cafe, “The Law of Beauty,” and its owners, the siblings Baek Yudam and Baek Rokdam. They are not particularly good-looking, but super attractive: they know the importance of living together with others, but they don’t care about gaining popularity; they have a perverse attitude towards wrong trends, and they warmly comfort others when necessary. These attractive characters add a fresh tough to a familiar topic. Spending time with them teaches Park how to be truly beautiful.
After all, this is the message that the author wants to deliver through this book: You feel agony when you can’t love yourself, and therefore you should try to accept your true self and find your own charms. The lesson, “If you lose confidence in yourself, the whole world becomes your enemy,” deeply touches readers’ hearts. Again, the book is a fight song for teenagers striving to get over their complexes.


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ALMOND

lt;Have You Ever Seen such a Beautiful Daenggi?

1. Publication Details

 

Title | ALMOND
Author | Sohn Won-pyung
Publisher | Changbi Publishers, Inc.
Publication Date | 2017-03-31
ISBN | 9788936456788
No. of pages | 236

 

2. Copyright Contact

 

Name | Jeong Jiyeon
Email | jjeong@changbi.com
Phone | +82-2-6949-0959

 

3. Book Intro

 

Yoonjae, the main character of this story, is a unique character who has difficulty feeling emotions. He can’t read what’s behind people’s behaviors or words and tries his best to just live normally. His mom tells him how to react: Smile when others smile, say “Thank you” when other people do something nice for you. The boy is unable to read anything behind the scenes and is thus called a monster and left alone after he loses his whole family in a tragic accident. However, just as he feels he has lost everything, new people come into his life. He meets a child named Gonee, who has sad memories, and Dora, who is the complete opposite of Gonne and has a pure and bright mind. Dr. Shim, who wants to help Yoonijae, also comes into his life. Through many different events among the characters, readers can learn how difficult it is to understand each other’s feelings while at the same learning the importance of understanding.


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Oh, My Old Friend!

Hanbok at My Fingertips

1. Publication Details

 

Title | Oh, My Old Friend!
Author | Choi Woogeun
Publisher | BookGoodCome
Publication Date | 2018-10-30
ISBN | 9791189164331
No. of pages | 216
Dimensions | 127 * 185

 

2. Copyright Contact

 

Name | Lee Soonyoung
Email | bookgoodcome@gmail.com
Phone | +82-2-359-5220

 

3. Book Intro

 

Choi Woogeun, who attracted readers with The Inventor Next Door (a collection of plays) and Good Bye, Mr. Davidoff (a novel) tells stories of his childhood memories from when he was nine.
Hojin, a 9-year-old boy, happened to move to a new neighborhood and a new school because his dad got a new job. In the new neighborhood, he encountered Byeongho. He was such a weird kid, and poorly dressed. He didn’t go to school on Thursday because he though it was Sunday. On top of that, he knew how to read his name, but he couldn’t spell it. At first, Hojin thought Byeongho was stupid. But after watching him for a while, Hojin noticed he was a good painter and a fast runner. So when Byeongho came to him and friendly suggested they play together, he couldn’t say no. Hojin taught him how to write his name. They went to school together and played in the neighborhood going here and there. As such, the two boys became friends and made a lot of memories. The author majored in philosophy at university. After graduation, he worked as a screenwriter for more than 20 years and has written scripts for many documentaries, including The Agents of the National Police Agency, and a drama named The Serious Crime Squad. The Inventor Next Door, the first play he published, in 2007, was performed at a theater located on Daehak-ro Street and loved by audiences. In his new book, Choi Woogeun tells the witty and hilarious story of a truly funny boy named Byeongho. This book reminds young readers of the relationships they have with their friends and adult readers of their pure childhood memories. It is a perfect book with a heart-warming story for people of all generations to read, laugh, and sometimes weep over together.


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This Post Is Password Protected

Making Hanbok Clothing for Dolls

1. Publication Details

 

Title | This Post Is Password Protected
Author | Hwang Yeongmi
Publisher | Munhakdongne Publishing Group
Publication Date | 2019-01-28
ISBN | 9788954654753
No. of pages | 200
Dimensions | 140 * 205

 

2. Copyright Contact

 

Name | Eom Heejeong
Email | hjeom@munhak.com
Phone | +82-2-3144-3236

 

3. Book Intro

 

Where can we be accepted as who we really are? This is a story for people who are feeling isolated in their relationships. A journey of fifteen-year-old Dahyeon who overcomes peer pressure and stereotypes and learns to love herself as the person she is.
Where can we be accepted as who we really are? This is a story for people who are feeling isolated in their relationships.
What do people really think of me? What if they don’t like me? Everyone has the experience of hiding their true self, afraid of the judging eyes of others. And this is especially true for teens in school who do not want to be picked on or bullied, and they end up hiding their true selves just to fit in or not stick out. The writer of This Post Is Password Protected received the ninth Munhak Dongnae Award for the best young adult book, and in the book, she has a message she would like to share with many young adult readers:
Lying is difficult, and living according to the lies is more difficult.
In the story, friends are everything to Dahyeon. And she was lucky because she became a member of the Five Fingers in the start of her middle school. However, there are things she will never share even with her Five Fingers friends: She likes classical music, not idol boy groups’ songs; she likes the freckles on her face; and she always thinks about her dad when she is walking on the street in her neighborhood. She will never talk about these things with her Five Fingers friends because she never wants to be ostracized again. There is nothing scarier than to be called “wiggly bookworm” and to be treated like a spook by everyone. When she feels frustrated or fed up, she checks into her blog. At her private blog called Cherry Shrimp, she can be who she really is.
Dahyeon has been hiding her true self, but she decides to make her blog public and she proudly tells everyone, “Yes, I am a bookworm. So what?” Her words will resonate with everyone hiding their true selves. “So what?” becomes a magic spell for everyone who feels lost in the maze of relationships, a spell to dispel their worries and anxiety and to help them be who they really are without fearing the eyes of the others.
When you accept the person you are, and love who you are, only then can you understand others. A beautiful forest is made of trees who stand tall on their own, and like a tree, each individual has to stand tall and be who they are in order to build the beautiful forest that is our society. As readers follow Dahyeon and her story of self-acceptance and maturity, they too can shed their old selves like a cherry shrimp and take the first step to their own self-discovery.
This work won the Grand Prize at the 9th Munhakdongne YA Literature Award. What do people think of me? How do I look now? What if they hate me? Everyone probably has the experience of hiding my true self because of other people’s views. It is especially unfamiliar to show one’s true self among youths who need to maintain amicable relations with friends in the closed space of schools and avoid being bullied at all costs. This work delivers words that readers can sympathize with and that root for youths who are probably hiding ‘me’ to belong to the world of ‘us.’


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Number One’s Sidekick

A Story Told Stitch by Stitch from the Finger Tips

1. Publication Details

 

Title | Number One’s Sidekick
Author | Kim Sun Hee
Publisher | sowonnamu
Publication Date | 2019-05-30
ISBN | 91186531969
No. of pages | 232
Dimensions | 128 * 188

 

2. Copyright Contact

 

Name | Yi Mi-soon
Email | swnamu@daum.net
Phone | +82-31-812-2552

 

3. Book Intro

 

A revolt by sidekicks to live as themselves, not as sidekicks!
Inggeol whose parents are a conglomerate executive and famous artist, sits at the top of the class pyramid of the students at H high school, receives all sorts of benefits and freely takes advantage of others. Dongwook, whose father is an alcoholic thinks taking Inggeol’s money by doing Inggeol’s volunteer work for him is a good deal, but he comes to see that he is living his life as a sidekick. To live his life as himself again, Dongwook decides to hold up a sign that tells the truth about himself in front of the school. Dongwook’s revelation shatters the school’s class system that seemed like it was set in stone, and students begin to question all the benefits Inggeol had been receiving. The students try to fight against the huge class system that is Inggeol and their school, and in the process find their true selves. The way the kids grow into themselves as the true protagonists of their lives by fighting for equality and fairness, the book shows that what society must hand down to the next generation is not a class system but justice.


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That Day, a Cat Came to Me

Koreans, What They Wore

1. Publication Details

 

Title | That Day, a Cat Came to Me
Author | Kim Jung-mi
Publisher | Little Mountain Publishing Co.
Publication Date | 2016-11-30
ISBN | 9791155250716
No. of pages | 280
Dimensions | 153 * 210

 

2. Copyright Contact

 

Name | Jo Jinryung
Email | littlemt2001ch@gmail.com
Phone | +82-2-335-7365

 

3. Book Intro

 

One day, a cat suddenly lost all of its kittens. Cats have lives filled with hunger, and they are always being chased by people. To stray cats, it is even common to lose their kittens as they become roadkill. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t get sad.
Yeonwu lost his mom. She was always busy due to having to work, and as a result she couldn’t spend time with her son. The boy couldn’t understand why his mother had to die all of a sudden. Yeonwu kept everything to himself and didn’t open up to anyone. Enju lost her normal life and the little house that she had lived in for a long time. The redevelopment took her away from the place her parents devoted their lives to buliding. She fought against the reality that she was faced with because of this redevelopment, but all she got was dissolution of her family and hurt feelings.
Is there anything more painful than losing the things you care about the most? Author Kim Jungmi talks about this pain, which we sometimes want to ignore or dismiss because it is too severe. This story gives readers an opportunity to look into the pain and sorrow of others and begin to empathize with them. The story provides a hand to readers to help cheer them up and allow them to cheer up others. While listening to the stories of main characters, readers will be able to realize the power of communication and learn important lessons on how to build relationships.


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Addiction to Robots

Beauty Regimen and Attire of the Royal Family of Joseon

1. Publication Details

 

Title | Addiction to Robots
Author | Lim Eojin
Publisher | Byeolsoop
Publication Date | 2018-05-25
ISBN | 9788997798582
No. of pages | 176
Dimensions | 150 * 220

 

2. Copyright Contact

 

Name | Bang Ilgwon
Email | everlys@naver.com
Phone | +82-2-332-7980

 

3. Book Intro

 

Three junior literature writers have written stories about the AI robots that will emerge in the future considering the issues in current society captured through their own perspectives. Robots were designed to complete the arduous tasks that had been performed by humans. Now, these robots have been replacing humans in various sectors of society with the help of technological advancement. It is expected that robots with AI will become world leaders in the near future. If that really happens, would robots be a blessing or a curse for humans? Can humans and artificial intelligence coexist? In either case, it is obvious that humans will confront AI robots that exceed themselves. And that future society is getting closer. For younger people who will live in a future society, AI robots are not something unrealistic nor merely imaginative. They are concrete beings that will be encountered in everyday life. For these reasons, our attitude towards artificial intelligence is very important. The three stories included in Addiction to Robots talk about the way we look at and build relationships with robots. Among them, Beyond Singularity by Kim Soyeon illustrates a scene in which an android robot that does not use deep learning competes with human students on test scores, while Addiction to Robots by Im Eojin imagines a situation in which a 3D-printed artificial intelligence robots develop abilities and have feelings just like humans, leading humans to rely on robots. Lying Robots, written by Jeong Myeongseob, features a story about robots that are used only for the convenience of humans and robots that are made to be capable of lying to test the former ones. All three stories are about AI robots in the appearance of humans, which is the main theme of Addiction to Robots. The younger readers will be allowed to meet AI robots who resemble humans and possibly have more humanity while thinking about future societies which will be significantly changed under the influence of rapidly progressing science and technology.


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I Run an Online Hater Group

Beauty Regimen and Attire of the Royal Family of Joseon

1. Publication Details

 

Title | I Run an Online Hater Group
Author | Jeong Yeoncheol
Publisher | Gimm-Young Publishers, Inc.
Publication Date | 2020-07-23
ISBN | 9798934990499
No. of pages | 216
Dimensions | 145 * 210

 

2. Copyright Contact

 

Name | Kim Soyeon
Email | syk@gimmyoung.com
Phone | +82-31-955-3115

 

3. Book Intro

 

Jin Ga-in is in the midst of an unstable adolescence. The angst caused by her daily stress is channeled toward her classmate, Oh Sa-rang. She even created the Oh Sa-rang Hater Group to spread false rumors and post malicious comments. Most of the girls in the class also participate. Just when things are starting to spin out of control, everyone at school finds out and a committee meeting is to be held. However, Jin Ga-in sees herself as the victim and tries to avoid the situation. The truth is revealed bit by bit, from what happened between Jin Ga-in and Oh Sa-rang and who spoke up to Sa-rang and the homeroom teacher to who the most active classmates in the online hater group were.


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