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Friday, May 31, 2013

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We've already celebrated by highlighting award winners from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association and highlighting some of our favorite Asian American and Pacific Islander authors. We're wrapping up our celebration today by looking at some more of our favorite Asian American and Pacific Islander authors!

    

Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger. Sam's (full name, Samar) mother has kept her from her large, traditional Indian family and Sam doesn't really know much about her heritage. After 9/11, her uncle shows up on their doorstep, the recent tragedy making him want to reach out to his sister. Through him, Sam discovers where she comes from, and through that, who she is.

Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon. Ai Ling's father went to see the Emperor and hasn't been seen since. In order to escape a disastrous marriage, Ai Ling must journey to the capital to find (and save) him. Fans will want to continue Ai Ling's adventures in the sequel, Fury of the Phoenix.

Adaptation by Malinda Lo. When birds start going crazy and flying into planes, causing them to crash, the country goes on lock-down. Reese and David are stranded in Arizona, and when trying to make their way home to San Francisco, get into a car crash. Their treatment is military and experimental and changes them. But even freakier is the truth behind what's happening, and what the government is covering up.

    

Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim. These are Nina's problems-- her sister set the academic bar WAY too high. She's the only Pakistani girl in school. Her parents are super strict. She has some severe body hair issues (all the women in her family do) including some on her back that she can't reach to deal with. And even if the boy she liked did like her, she still couldn't date him. What's a girl to do?

Legend by Marie Lu. In the Republic (former Western US), the government has secrets, and is always at war. June is one of society's elites, Day one of it's scapegoated outcasts. The two were never supposed to meet, but they do after Day is blamed for the murder of June's brother. June wants justice, Day just wants to survive, but together they'll uncover something much bigger. The first in a trilogy, follow it with Prodigy.

Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. Skim's school is in grief overdrive after the ex-boyfriend of a popular girl commits suicide right after dumping her. But she finds love with a teacher, who then also abruptly leaves, leaving Skim lost. Amazingly though, in this graphic novel, the plot doesn't really matter, because the punch comes from the characters and dialogue.

    

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Told in three parts, this graphic novel's stories eventually merge into a single tale about accepting who you are. Jin Wong just wants to be an all-American kid instead of an immigrant one. Danny (a truly all-American kid) is horribly embarrassed by the antics of his cousin Chin-Kee. And Monkey wants to be the most revered of all the gods.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. Most days, the only thing that gets Allie out of bed in the morning is her hatred of the vampires. Then, she's turned into one, forced to be the thing she hates most in the world, one of he creatures that killed her family. The first in the Blood Eden series, follow it with The Eternity Cure.

Mismatch by Lensey Namioka. Sue has a hard time moving from Seattle to a town with very few other Asian Americans. Then she meets Andy. Their friends think they're perfect for each other, because they're both Asian. Sue and Andy do like each other, but Sue is Chinese American and Andy is Japanese American, which spells big problems for their families.

Who are your favorite Asian American or Pacific Islander authors?

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