Jangmi, a young Korean girl, can’t bear the thought of leaving her home at 382 Shin Dang Dong and moving to America. At the good-bye party for her family, she and her friend Kisuni sit under the willow tree in the rain, reassuring each other they will stay in touch. The new house in Massachusetts seems forbidding at first. But Jangmi’s special things arrive, the neighbors bring food, and Jangmi meets a young girl named Mary.
This sensitive story follows Jangmi as she gradually adjusts to her new neighborhood in Massachusetts, meets a young friend, and begins to feel comfortable once again.
While Ginger never followed in her father’s Harvard footsteps, writing books and owning a boutique chocolate shop in the heart of downtown Washington, DC have been her true education.
As writer and entrepreneur, she has built a sweet life, surviving and thriving in an uncertain world. The books inspired by Ginger’s parents’ experiences growing up in Japanese occupied Korea, enduring the Russian invasion of their homeland and the Korean War, have deeper meaning, bring a tragic yet vibrant world back to life. Her parents live on through her books, which have garnered many accolades including the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award, Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, The Joan G. Sugarman Children’s Book Award, Outstanding Merit, Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Parents’ Choice Award, A Junior Library Guild Selection, IRA-CBC Teachers’ Choice Award, and NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book For Young People Children’s Book Award. Her books have been published by National Geographic, Boyds Mills & Kane, Hyperion, Lee & Low, St. Martin’s Press, and Thomas Dunne. She has added Regal House Publishing to the list with the publication of her latest work The Hundred Choices Department Store.
Our 2019-2020 season features an amazing team of female directors who are illustrating beautiful works that have never been seen on ATMTC’s stages. We are so excited to bring our perspective and energy to these productions based on familiar and beloved stories. We hope you are too!
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