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  • Details about Good Enough

    Good Enough

    Paula Yoo

    How to make your Korean parents happy: 1. Get a perfect score on the SATs.2. Get into HarvardYalePrinceton.3. Don't talk to boys.* Patti's parents expect nothing less than the best from their Korean-American daughter. Everything she does affects her chances of getting into an Ivy League school. So winning assistant concertmaster in her All-State violin competition and earning less than 2300 on her SATs is simply not good enough. But Patti's discovering that there's more to life than the Ivy L……more

  • Details about Crossing

    Crossing

    Andrew Xia Fukuda

    For freshman Xing Xu, life at Slackenkill High School is a daily exercise in futility. As one of only two Asian students at the otherwise all-white school, he exists on the fringes of adolescent society, counting the days until he's free. Only his best friend, fellow Chinese immigrant Naomi Lee, can comprehend Xing's loneliness and frustration. When a series of mysterious abductions rattles his adopted home town, Xing's position on the outskirts of the community puts him at an advantage. Local p……more

  • Details about Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies)

    Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies)

    Justina Chen Headley

    DESCRIPTION: Hapa (Half Asian and half white) Patty Ho has never felt completely at home in her skin. Life at House Ho is tough enough between her ultra-strict Taiwanese mom (epic-length lectures and all) and her Harvard-bound big brother. But things get worse when a Chinese fortuneteller channels Patty's future via her bellybutton...and divines a white guy on her horizon. Her mom then freaks out and ships her off to math camp at Stanford. Just as Patty writes off her summer of woe, life starts ……more

  • Details about American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese

    Gene Luen Yang ; coloring by Lark Pien.

    A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny's life with his yearly visits. Thei……more

  • Details about A Million Shades of Gray

    A Million Shades of Gray

    Cynthia Kadohata

    A boy and his elephant escape into the jungle when the Viet Cong attack his village immediately after the Vietnam war.…more

  • Details about Boxers and Saints Boxed Set

    Boxers and Saints Boxed Set

    Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator); Lark Pien

    Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. A New York Times bestseller China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils." Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple. Litt……more

  • Details about Climbing the stairs

    Climbing the stairs

    by Padma Venkatraman.

    Set during World War II and the last days of British occupation in India, this remarkable debut poignantly depicts a young girl struggling to find her place in a mixed-up world, and tells a powerful story about love and loss set against a fascinating historical backdrop.…more

  • Details about Daughter of Xanadu

    Daughter of Xanadu

    Dori Jones Yang

    Athletic and strong willed, Princess Emmajin's determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai. In the Mongol world the only way to achieve respect is to show bravery and win glory on the battlefield. The last thing she wants is the distraction of the foreigner Marco Polo, who challenges her beliefs in the gardens of Xanadu. Marco has no skills in the "manly arts" of the Mongols: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Still,……more

  • Details about Weedflower

    Weedflower

    Cynthia Kadohata

    Twelve-year-old Sumiko feels her life has been made up of two parts: before Pearl Harbor and after it. The good part and the bad part. Raised on a flower farm in California, Sumiko is used to being the only Japanese girl in her class. Even when the other kids tease her, she always has had her flowers and family to go home to. That all changes after the horrific events of Pearl Harbor. Other Americans start to suspect that all Japanese people are spies for the emperor, even if, like Sumiko, they……more