Book Launch and Story Time for The House Before Falling Into the Sea by Ann Suk Wang

The House Before Falling Into the Sea Book Launch and Story Time with Ann Suk Wang. Saturday, March 9th at 4 pm. Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020. Best for ages 4+.

A story of generosity during the Korean War

Local author Ann Suk Wang will be sharing her moving debut picture book The House Before Falling Into the Sea. This is a beautifully told story of family and neighbors coming together during dark times. Ann Suk will read her book, answer questions from the audience, and then sign books. Best for ages 4+. 

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About The House Before Falling Into the Sea:

The House Before Falling Into the Sea book cover. A watercolor and ink illustration of a young Korean girl with short straight black hair wearing a blue dress and grey jacket standing at the edge of the sea. In the background on the beach among the trees is a small stone and tile hut.

A child and her family take in refugees during the Korean War in this poignant picture book about courage and what it really means to care for your neighbors.

Every day, more and more people fleeing war in the north show up at Kyung Tak and her family's house on the southeastern shore of Korea. With nowhere else to go, the Taks' home is these migrants' last chance of refuge "before falling into the sea," and the household quickly becomes crowded, hot, and noisy. Then war sirens cry out over Kyung's city too, and her family and their guests take shelter underground. When the sirens stop, Kyung is upset--she wishes everything could go back to the way it was before: before the sirens, before strangers started coming into their home. But after an important talk with her parents, her new friend Sunhee, and Sunhee's father, Kyung realizes something important: We're stronger when we have each other, and the kindness we show one another in the darkest of times is a gift we'll never regret.

About the author:

Ann Suk Wang author photo. A Korean woman with dark brown wavy hair wearing a white shirt and blue striped jacket sitting with a nature background.

Ann Suk Wang, born in Korea, is a graduate of UCLA and Boston University in mass communications and a former journalist. She lives in California with a husband, two sons and a canine son. The House Before Falling Into the Sea is her first picture book.

Photo credit: Howard Min


Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020
SKU: 9780593530153a
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