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Book CoverKingdom of the Golden Dragon 
by Isabel Allende 
YA ALLENDE, I.Sixteen-year-old Alexander travels to a remote kingdom in the Himalayas with his youthful, photographer grandmother.  Will they be able to help locate a priceless statue of a dragon before it is too late?

 

Book CoverA Great and Terrible Beauty 
by Libba Bray 
YA BRAY, L.

Gemma returns to London after years in India.  She soon becomes aware of her magical powers and discovers the circumstances concerning her mother’s mysterious death.

 

Book CoverAsk Me No Questions 
by Marina Tamar Budhos 
YA BUDHOS, M.

When their father is detained at the Canadian border, teenagers Nadira and Aisha are sent back to New York to try to live normal lives while keeping their illegal status a secret.

 

Book CoverChildren of the River 
by Linda Crew 
YA CREW, L.

Seventeen-year-old Sundara and her family have moved to Oregon to escape the Khmer Rouge.  How will she remain faithful to her cultural heritage when she only wants to fit in as a normal American?

 

Book CoverBorn Confused 
by Tanuja Desai Hidier 
YA DESAI HIDIER, T.

Dimple soon learns that she is too Indian for the Americans and too American for her Indian family, but the final blow occurs when she feels betrayed by her best friend.

 

Book CoverWeedflower 
by Cynthia Kadohata 
YA KADOHATA, C.

When Sumiko and her family are uprooted and forced to relocate to a Japanese-American Internment Camp, her feelings of loss, boredom, betrayal and anger consume her until she is befriended by a Native American boy.

 

Book CoverWait for Me 
by An Na 
YA NA, A.

When you lie about grades so that your parents will really believe that you will attend Harvard and when you lie about boys, it is very difficult to figure out who you are.

 

Book CoverSwimming in the Monsoon Sea 
by Shyam Selvadurai 
YA SELVADURAI, S.

When his cousin comes from Canada to visit him in the heat of a Sri Lankan summer, fourteen-year-old Amrith makes discoveries about both his family’s past and himself.

 

Book CoverKoyal Dark, Mango Sweet 
by Kasmira Sheth 
YA SHETH, K.

Jeeta, growing up in Mumbai, India, disagrees with much of her mother’s traditional advice as she grows up in Mumbai, India. She only wants to be more modern and independent.

 

Book CoverAmerican Born Chinese 
by Gene Luen Yang 
YA GRAPH YANG, G.

After Jin Wang’s family moves to an all white neighborhood, he struggles to fit into the popular culture.