10 YA Books About Southeast Asian Americans
A couple of weeks ago we were asked for books about Southeast Asian American characters. Southeast Asia is a big region of the world, and yet it’s very difficult to find books about Southeast Asians in the contemporary United States. Some of the books here are technically upper middle-grade, but because it was so hard to find them, we included them anyway. Descriptions are from WorldCat, and links go to Barnes & Noble.
Twenty-nine stories about the saga of what it means to be young and Filipino.
Little Cricket by Jackie Brown (Hyperion Books for Children, 2004)
After the upheaval of the Vietnam War reaches them, twelve-year-old Kia and her Hmong family flee from the mountains of Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand and eventually to the alien world of Saint Paul, Minnesota.
She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva (HarperTeen, 2009)
Good girl Maya teams up with an unlikely ally Camden, the popular jock, plotting a devious plan to help her recover from a serious mistake.
Children of the River by Linda Crew (Delacorte Press, 1989)
Having fled Cambodia four years earlier to escape the Khmer Rouge army, seventeen-year-old Sundara is torn between remaining faithful to her own people and enjoying life in her Oregon high school as a “regular” American.
Fresh Off the Boat by Melissa de la Cruz (HarperCollins, 2005)
When her family emigrates from the Philippines to San Francisco, California, fourteen-year-old Vicenza Arambullo struggles to fit in at her exclusive, all-girl private school.
Sophomore Undercover by Benjamin Esch (Disney/Hyperion, 2009)
Despite obstacles, high school reporter Dixie Nguyen, an adopted Vietnamese orphan, doggedly investigates a drug scandal that may extend far beyond the football team.
Shadow of the Dragon by Sherry Garland (Harcourt Brace, 1993)
High school sophomore Danny Vo tries to resolve the conflict between the values of his Vietnamese refugee family and his new American way of life.
Roots and Wings by Many Ly (Delacorte Press, 2008)
While in St. Petersburg, Florida, to give her grandmother a Cambodian funeral, fourteen-year-old Grace, who was raised in Pennsylvania, finally gets some answers about the father she never met, her mother’s and grandmother’s youth, and her Asian-American heritage.
Trouble by Gary Schmidt (Clarion Books, 2008)
Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin’s dying wish, sets out to hike Maine’s Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog. But fate adds another companion–the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin–and reveals troubles that predate the accident.
Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl’s Story by Pegi Deitz Shea (Clarion Books, 2003)
After ten years in a refugee camp in Thailand, thirteen-year-old Mai Yang travels to Providence, Rhode Island, where her Americanized cousins introduce her to pizza, shopping, and beer, while her grandmother and new friends keep her connected to her Hmong heritage.
Musings on What Makes You The Reader You Are
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Lottie fromBookAdoration wrote a really great post about what makes you pick up a book and it got me thinking about what makes you the reader you are and how does it shape your attraction to certain types of books.
Hello book blogs and fandom blogs of tumblr! I’m looking to follow some new ones, and what better way than to do a promo? It makes it easier to find the blogs. There are very few rules.
- You must be a book blog or a fandom blog.
- You must be following me, enchantedreading. I will follow you back.
The following me is simply for giveaways. The more followers I have, the more money my dad will give me to host giveaways.
- You must reblog this post.
I will do the promos at 1:00pm (CST), May 10th. I will reblog the promo post three times throughout the day. I want to get the word out about some awesome book/fandom blogs!
I just reached 10,000 followers and to celebrate I am doing a giveaway! Two winners will each get to choose one of the books pictured below. I will purchase it for them through The Book Depository and have it shipped to them.
-The Book Depository ships…
I haven’t been reblogging this/super promoting it just because I don’t want to get a ton of new followers just because I have a giveaway. But, it’s over tomorrow guys! I’ll pick the two winners in the morning.
Book Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter (Heist Society Book # 1)
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When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
PLEASE REBLOG/LIKE THIS POST IF YOU’RE A BOOK BLOG
I get tons and tons of requests to be added to my book blog link list (which I updated hugely today). I try my best to consistently add book blogs as I find them and/or are directed to them, but MAN there are a lot of us! So please, please reblog/like this so I can do my best to both catalogue and follow (I follow with my personal blog, hangonsilvergirl) all the blogs in our little neck of the Tumblr woods. If you don’t have a book blog list on your own Tumblr but would like to direct people, feel free to use mine as a master list of sorts; you’re welcome to save or direct link the pre-made banners posted above (click on the photo and you should be able to copy and paste the link into your browser).
I’m also happy to link to/share book blogs and vlogs outside of Tumblr! Pop a note in my ask box and we can go from there. :)
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and to celebrate, we at Diversity in YA are going to be featuring some Asian American YA authors and books. But we’d also like to invite you to participate! Do you have a favorite YA novel about the Asian American experience? Tell us what that book…
Musings on Commenting Etiquette
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I feel like after reading other people’s posts about certain topics I’ve been inspired to write on some of the issues that bother me in the world of blogging. Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide wrote a post about writing reviews for DNF(Did Not Finish Books) and discussed ratings/non ratings. While I was reading her post, it got me thinking about comments left on Negative Reviews. There have been many discussions about negative reviews both on blogs and in the booktubing community. I’m sure there are posts about commenting too even though I haven’t read any yet, but again I wanted to add my two sense to this topic as well.