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Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promotes Asian/Pacific Americans' culture and heritage.
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  Cover Art: Shanghai Messenger Cheng, Andrea
Shanghai Messenger
A free-verse novel about eleven-year-old Xiao Mei's visit with her extended family in China, where the Chinese-American girl finds many differences but also the similarities that bind a family together. [2006-2006 Honor Book]
40 p. 2005
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Hiroshima Dreams Easton, Kelly
Hiroshima Dreams
Lin O'Neil, a talented but shy girl growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, develops a close relationship with her Japanese grandmother, who shares Lin's gift of precognition. [2007-2008 Winner]
198 p. 2007
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies) Headley, Justina Chen
Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies)
Fifteen-year-old Patty Ho, half Taiwanese and half white, feels she never fits in, but when her overly-strict mother ships her off to math camp at Stanford, instead being miserable, Patty starts to become comfortable with her true self. [2006-2007 Winner]
241 p. 2006
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: 1001 Cranes Hirahara, Naomi
1001 Cranes
With her parents on the verge of separating, a devastated twelve-year-old Japanese American girl spends the summer in Los Angeles with her grandparents, where she folds paper cranes into wedding displays, becomes involved with a young skateboarder, and learns how complicated relationships can be. [2008-2009 Honor Book]
230 p. 2008
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Ichiro Inzana, Ryan.
Raised by a Japanese mother in New York City, his American father killed in a war, Ichiro finds it difficult to figure out where he fits in. A trip to Japan leaves the boy with his grandfather, in a country he does not know. And one night Ichi gets dragged down a hole by a monster. When he awakens he isn't in Japan nor the mortal world. He has entered into the domain of the gods. Will Ichiro ever find a place to call home? [2013 Honor]
1 v. (unpaged) 2012
Teen Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Kira-Kira Kadohata, Cynthia
Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill. [2005-2006 Winner]
244 p. 2004
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Tina's Mouth : an Existential Comic Diary Kashyap, Keshni
Tina's Mouth : an Existential Comic Diary
Tina Malhotra, a sophomore at the Yarborough Academy in Southern California, creates an existential diary for an honors English assignment in which she tries to determine who she is and where she fits in. [2013 Winner]
242 p. 2011
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Roots and Wings Ly, Many
Roots and Wings
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. [2008-2009 Winner]
262 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Step from Heaven Na, An
A Step from Heaven
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America. [2004-2005 Winner]
156 p. 2001
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Project Mulberry : a Novel Park, Linda Sue
Project Mulberry : a Novel
While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend Patrick learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance, prejudice, friendship, patience, and more. Between the chapters are short dialogues between the author and main character about the writing of the book. [2005-2006 Honor Book]
225 p. 2005
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Single Shard Park, Linda Sue
A Single Shard
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself. [2004-2005 Honor Book]
152 p. 2001
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Bamboo People : a Novel Perkins, Mitali
Bamboo People : a Novel
Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.[2010-2011 Honor Book]
272 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Heart of a Samurai : Based On the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro Preus, Margi
Heart of a Samurai : Based On the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro
In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States. [2010-2011 Winner]
301 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Tofu Quilt Russell, Ching Yeung
Tofu Quilt
Growing up in 1960s Hong Kong, a young girl dreams of becoming a writer in spite of conventional limits placed on her by society and family. [2009-2010 Honor Book]
125 p. 2009
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Shooting Kabul Senzai, N. H.
Shooting Kabul
Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind. [2010-2011 Winner]
262 p. 2010
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Keeping Corner Sheth, Kashmira
Keeping Corner
In India in the 1940's, thirteen-year-old Leela's happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Ghandi's social and political reforms. [2007-2008 Honor Book]
281 p. 2007
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Orchards Thompson, Holly.
Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate's suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home. [2011-2012 Winner]
327 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Everything Asian Woo, Sung J.
Everything Asian
You're twelve years old. A month has passed since your Korean Air flight landed at lovely Newark Airport. Your fifteen-year-old sister is miserable. Your mother isn't exactly happy, either. You're seeing your father for the first time in five years, and although he's nice enough, he might be, well--how can you put this delicately?--a loser. You can't speak English, but that doesn't stop you from working at East Meets West, your father's gift shop in a strip mall, where everything is new. Welcome to the wonderful world of David Kim. [2009-2010 Winner]
328 p. 2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Level Up Yang, Gene Luen
Level Up
Dennis, the son of Chinese immigrants, yearns to play video games like his friends and, upon his strict father's death, becomes obsessed with them but later, realizing how his father sacrificed for him, he chooses a nobler path. [2011-2012 Honor]
160 p. 2011
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Good Enough Yoo, Paula
Good Enough
A Korean American teenager tries to please her parents by getting into an Ivy League college, but a new guy in school and her love of the violin tempt her in new directions. [2008-2009 Honor Book]
322 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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