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Perspectives on a Grafted Tree: Thoughts for Those Touched by Adoption  edited by Patricia Irwin Johnston    Poems by adoptees, birthparents, members of adoptive families, adoption professionals, and others.

PhotoStory and PhotoStory Jr.      Allows parents (or children) to write and illustrate their own archival quality lifebook that is then typeset and bound. Kit contains markers, special photo tape, cover pages and text pages (40 options) plus a postpaid mailing envelope for returning materials to the publisher.

Princess June  by Veronica Lee   Story of a Korean woman who suffers a tough early life (including abuse), relinquishes her illegitimate Amerasian baby for adoption, and eventually escapes the grip of her family's control to be who she wants to be.

Pushing Up the Sky  by Terra Trevor    A powerful story of a family facing crisis and finding hope amidst the challenges.

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea  by Guy Delisle   Graphic novel about life in North Korea.

Raising Adopted Children  by Lois Melina    Examines a child's physical, emotional, and psychological development at every age, with chapters on multiracial families, serious behavior problems, and single parent adoption.

Real for Sure Sister  by Ann Angel   Chapter book. A family, including children adopted from various cultures, await another sibling - but not another brother, like oldest daughter Amanda wants.

Real Parents, Real Children  by Holly van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb    Written by a well-known speaker, this book offers insight into how adopted children commonly think and feel about being adopted. Suggests ways adoptive parents can help their children find healthy resolutions to their grief. Clear writing and advice for parents.

Reflections of Love.      Decorated with sepia-toned photographs, this journal includes an appropriate thought question at the top of each page.

Reflections of Seoul in four seasons  by Jodi Cobb   National Geographic collection of photographs.

Roadmap to Korean  by Richard Harris   

Saying Goodbye  by Marie G. Lee    During her first year at Harvard, Ellen Sung becomes interested in her identity as a Korean American and finds herself in direct conflict with her African-American roommate over the issue of a rap singer who is invited to campus, even though he is known for his racist attitude toward Koreans.

Secondhand World  by Katherine Min    Isadora Myung Hee Sohn's Korean-American parents prize their dead son over their living daughter. Isa rebels against their traditional values, and some choices she believes her mother has made, with tragic results.

Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother  by Jana Wolff   Shares the author's fears, concerns, and questions during the adoption process.

Seeds from a Silent Tree  edited by Tonya Bishoff and Jo Rankin    This collection of essays, poems, and fiction (written by 30 Korean adoptees) is described as both powerful and candid. Others call it as a sad but a valuable read.

Seeds of Love: For Brothers and Sisters of International Adoption  by Mary Petertyl   Prepares children for new sibling.

Seesaw Girl  by Linda Sue Park    Jade Blossom is supposed to do what every girl from a good family in seventeenth-century Korea does...stay inside her family's Inner Court, learning to sew and cook so she is prepared for marriage and life in her husband's Inner Court. But she dreams of life outside the high walls of her home and one day sets off to do what no girl her age has ever done before.

Seoultown Kitchen: Korean Pub Grub to Share with Family and Friends  by Debbie Lee   By a Food Network star contestant and owner of the popular Los Angeles food truck Ahn-Joo.

Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women  by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson   An oral history of Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War II. Additional chapters provide readers with contextual and historical information. Author also created a PBS documentary with the same name.

Sim Chung and the River Dragon  by Ellen Schechter    In order to obtain a cure for her father's blindness, a loving young girl agrees to marry a terrifying dragon.