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Friends In Our World - Asian Friends (Kids)

Read one of these fiction books featuring characters from an Asian culture.

Pippa Park raises her game by Yun, Erin

Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So when Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself by following the "Rules of Cool." At Lakeview, Pippa juggles old and new friends, an unrequited crush, and the pressure to perform academically and athletically while keeping her past and her family's laundromat a secret from her elite new classmates. But when Pippa begins to receive a string of hateful, anonymous messages via social media, her carefully built persona is threatened. As things begin to spiral out of control, Pippa discovers the real reason she was admitted to Lakeview and wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate, or if she should even try.--

Ming goes to school by Sullivan, Deirdre

Ming goes to preschool, where she bravely plays all kinds of games with new friends and old, but she is still not quite ready for the big red slide.

Grandma and the great gourd : a Bengali folk tale by Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee

On her way to visit her daughter on the other side of the jungle, Grandma encounters a hungry fox, bear, and tiger, and although she convinces them to wait for her return trip, she still must find a way to outwit them all

Year of the book by Cheng, Andrea

Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend

Mindy Kim and the lunar new year parade by Lee, Lyla

Even though it is her first Lunar New Year without her mother, Mindy Kim is determined to enjoy the day.

Pashmina by Chanani, Nidhi

When Priyanka finds a mysterious pashmina in her house, she is transported to an India which may or may not be real, and goes in search of the reason why her mother left her homeland and the father she has never met.

Where the mountain meets the moon by Lin, Grace

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River

Alvin Ho : allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and other tourist attractions by Look, Lenore

Fearful seven-year-old Alvin Ho goes on a trip to China with his family.

The best club by Manushkin, Fran

Katie Woo and her friends would love to be part of Sophie's new club, but Sophie does not think they, or anyone, is good enough, so they form their own club.

All the ways home by Chapman, Elsie

After his mother's death, Kaede develops some behavior problems and is sent to Japan to spend time with his estranged father and an older half brother.

Count me in by Bajaj, Varsha

Told from two viewpoints, sixth-graders Karina and Chris use social media to stand up to racism in Houston, Texas, after an attack puts Karina's Indian American grandfather in the hospital.

A place to belong by Kadohata, Cynthia

Twelve-year-old Hanako and her family, reeling from their confinement in an internment camp, renounce their American citizenship to move to Hiroshima, a city devastated by the atomic bomb dropped by Americans.

Orange for the sunsets by Athaide, Tina

In alternating voices, friends Asha and Yesofu, one Indian and one African, find their world turned upside-down when Idi Amin decides to expel Asian Indians from Uganda in 1972.

Pie in the Sky by Lai, Remy

Knowing very little English, eleven-year-old Jingwen feels like an alien when his family immigrates to Australia, but copes with loneliness and the loss of his father by baking elaborate cakes.

Ling & Ting : not exactly the same! by Lin, Grace

Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different

A big mooncake for Little Star by Lin, Grace

Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night

Mommy's hands by Lasky, Kathryn

Young children describe the various things their hands and their mothers' hands do when they are together throughout the different seasons of the year

Nadia's hands by English, Karen

A Pakistani-American girl takes part in her aunt's traditional Pakistani wedding.

Inside out & back again by Lai, Thanhha

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Stargazing by Wang, Jen

Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness.

Front desk by Yang, Kelly

Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was anengineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.
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