A Step From Heaven

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A Step From Heaven
A Step From Heaven (An Na novel) cover art.jpg
Author An Na
Country United States
Language English
Genre Young adult novel
Publisher Front Street Press
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 156
ISBN 1-886910-58-8
OCLC 44703366
LC Class PZ7.N1243 St 2001

A Step From Heaven is the first novel by An Na, published in 2001 by Front Street Press. It won the 2002 Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association.[1]


At age four, Young Ju moves with her parents from Korea to Southern California. While expecting an easy, blissful life in America, Young Ju sees the stress that the cultural adjustment puts on her family. She struggles with the language barrier in her new school as her parents' relationship begins to strain due to financial issues. During this time, Young Ju's brother Joon Ho is born, and is given more freedom and choices due to his gender. Their father is an alcoholic, who is eventually arrested for DUI and subsequently loses his driver's licence. As Young Ju matures and begins to enjoy friends and school, her parents' marriage continues to dwindle and begins affecting Joon, causing him to withdraw from school and further education. Young Ju eventually intervenes when her father starts beating his wife and herself by, calling the police and having her father arrested. When he is released from jail, he leaves the family, returning to their home country, Korea, without a word. Some time later, when her family is in a better financial position, they move into a better house when, Young Ju is preparing to leave for college, and knows her mother and brother are finally starting to settle into a better life.


  1. ^ American Library Association: Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2011-02-03. . URL accessed 6 July 2009.