The Girl-Son

From the Series Adventures in Time

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

“What a pity she isn’t a boy!” sighed Induk Pahk’s father when he saw his new baby daughter. “Born under the powerful signs of the dragon and the tiger, a boy could have changed the world!” Set in Korea, The Girl-Son is the true story of one girl’s courage and determination to go against tradition in order to obtain an education and to create equal educational opportunities for all children in her country. Her story will inspire young readers today as they learn about the fascinating details of another culture.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.8
Reading Counts! Points 5.0
BISACS JUV044000, JUV030020, JUV013000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Lexile 740
Guided Reading Level R
Features Awards, Maps, and Reviewed


  • SSLI Book Award Best Book, Winner, 1995
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 1995



“. . . this novel. . . will be a good addition to multicultural and feminist collections.”


“Induk Pahk was born in Korea in 1896, when girls did not go to school..[But] Induk’s widowed mother arranged to have the seventeen year-old child attend school disguised as a boy. . . .Children will be inspired by this fictionalized biography.”

School Library Journal

“. . . told in a simple and straightforward manner as if by the woman herself. . . Children may be astounded at the lengths to which Pahk and her mother went to achieve the education we take for granted.”
School Library Journal