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East Meets West: Books with Great Asian and Asian-American Characters

From feudal Japan, to WW II internment camps, to modern day California, these books feature young men and women proud of the Asian heritage.

Samurai Shortstop



Samurai Shortstop
By Gratz, Alan
2008-02 - Puffin Books
9781436268691 Check Our Catalog

At its heart a novel about a boy who loves baseball, this suspenseful tale is about a boy who must choose between two ways of life--but finds a way to bridge them. …More

Weedflower



Weedflower
By Kadohata, Cynthia
2006-03 - Atheneum Books
9780689865749 Check Our Catalog

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With remarkable insight and clarity, the Newbery Medal-winning author of "Kira-Kira" explores an important and painful topic through the eyes of a young Japanese-American girl living in California just as the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. …More

Skunk Girl



Skunk Girl
By Karim, Sheba
2009-03 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374370114 Check Our Catalog

In this wryly funny debut novel, the smart, sassy, and utterly lovable Nina Khan tackles friends, family, and love, and learns that it's possible to embrace two very different cultures--even if things can get a little bit, well, "hairy." …More

Blood Ninja



Blood Ninja
By Lake, Nick
2009-12 - Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
9781416986270 Check Our Catalog

Is Taro, a fisherman's son, destined for greatness?In the course of a day, Taro's entire life changes: His father is murdered before his eyes, and Taro is taken by a mysterious ninja on a perilous journey toward safety. Someone wants Taro dead, but who -- and why? With his best friend, Hiro, and their ninja guide Shusaku, Taro gets caught in the crossfire of a bitter conflict between rival lords for control of imperial Japan. As Taro trains to become a ninja himself, he's less and less sure that he wants to be one. But when his real identity is revealed, it becomes impossible for Taro to turn his back on his fate. …More

Gothic Lolita: A Mystical Thriller



Gothic Lolita: A Mystical Thriller
By Lane, Dakota
Photographer Lane, Dakota
2008-11 - Ginee Seo Books
9781416913962 Check Our Catalog

In this mystical thriller told in two voices, the boundaries of love and friendship are tested from beyond the grave, as the lives of two girls who are obsessed with the same romantic manga called "Gothic Lolita" converge. Illustrations. …More

The Way of the Warrior



The Way of the Warrior
By Matthews, Andrew
2008-11 - Dutton Books
9780525420637 Check Our Catalog

Jimmu is haunted by his fatheras suicide. Vowing vengeance on the man responsible, Jimmu masters the skill of the samurai and secures a position among the lordas guards. But the closer Jimmu comes to fulfilling his dark destiny, the more tangled he becomes in the truth of his fatheras death. …More

The Empress's Tomb



The Empress's Tomb
By Miller, Kirsten
2007-10 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781599900476 Check Our Catalog

In this sequel to "Inside the Shadow City," Kiki and the Irregulars embark on another underworld--and underground--adventure. This time, Oona takes the lead to protect New York City from Manhattans gangsters, rodents, diamond merchants, society figures, and assorted forces of evil. …More

A Step from Heaven



A Step from Heaven
By Na, An
2002-05 - Thorndike Press
9780786241262 Check Our Catalog

A National Book Award Nominee
A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2001

In this debut novel, a young girl describes her family's bittersweet experience in the United States after their emigration from Korea. Four years old on the flight to California, Young Ju concludes that America is heaven. But when they arrive, they are weighed down by the difficulty of learning English, their insular family life, and the traditions of the country they left behind. …More

Chasing the Secret


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Chasing the Secret
By Snow, Maya
2009-02 - HarperCollins
9780061243905 Check Our Catalog

The second installment in a heart-stoppingly exciting series, this tale of revenge, love, heartbreak, and girls skilled in weaponry continues. Kimi and Hana have become masters of the sword, but when their secret identities are revealed, they must flee the dojo. …More

American Born Chinese



American Born Chinese
By Yang, Gene Luen
Illustrator Pien, Lark
2007-10 - First Second
9781596433731 Check Our Catalog

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. Their lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable. "American Born Chinese" is an amazing ride, all the way up to the astonishing climax. …More

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