Krista Kim-Bap
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Field Notes & Observations

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Published by Tundra (in imprint of Penguin Random House Canada), Coming 2021

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Krista Kim-Bap 

Published by Second Story Press, 2018

Available for purchase at most online book retailers and your local independent bookstores.

Special thanks to Hyein Lee for her cover art. It makes me happy every single day.

All Krista wants to figure out are 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. And Jason has always loved hanging out with Krista's family -- especially for the food!

Now in 5th grade, everyone in Krista and Jason's class is preparing their Heritage Month projects. But Krista has mixed feelings about being her school's "Korean Ambassador." Should she ask her sometimes grouchy grandma to teacher her class how to cook traditional Korean kimbap? 

With a new friendship pulling her away from Jason, and the pressure of trying to please her grandma, grade five is going to be interesting!


"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

"Ahn’s breezy chapters introduce readers to Krista’s lively and interesting family and offer vivid descriptions of recipes. Likable, sweet Krista’s struggles will likely resonate with young readers striving to make their own way, and kind Jason’s friendship stands out as exemplary. This approachable, inviting novel strikes a nice balance between emphasizing the importance of embracing one’s culture and staying true to oneself." -- Booklist Online

"Glimpses into aspects of Korean culture are revealed honestly and effectively... offers an accessible story that will open younger readers' eyes to an underrepresented perspective in Canadian kidlit." -- Quill & Quire

Awards for Krista Kim-Bap

Shortlisted 2020 Red Cedar Book Awards Fiction Category 

Selected for Bank Street College of Education 2019 Edition Best Children's Books of the Year list click HERE for the full list

Nominated for 2020 Chocolate Lily Book Awards Novel Category

2019-2020 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Awards -- Finalist

Selected as one of the OLA 2018 BEST BETS Books for Junior Fiction click HERE to see the full list


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