Asian American & Pacific Islander

After The Shot Drops

After the Shot Drops

Author: Randy Ribay

Description: After The Shot Drops is a contemporary sports novel about two boys who are navigating both what friendship means and what we owe to one another. The book is written by a Filipino American writer and alternates perspectives between a biracial Filipino and African American boy and an African American boy.

Includes: #asianamerican #filipino #africanamerican #black #contemporary #maleprotagonist #sports #class #biracial

Citation: Ribay, R. (2018). After The Shot Drops. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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American Panda

American Panda

Author: Gloria Chao

Description: American Panda is a contemporary novel. The main character is a first generation American teen from a Chinese family. She is trying to live up to her family’s expectations while also being true to herself.

Includes: #ownvoices #asianamerican #chinese #firstgeneration #immigrant #identitypolitics #femaleprotagonist #contemporary

Citation: Chao, G. (2018). American Panda. Simon Pulse.

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Emergency Contact

Emergency Contact

Author: Mary H.K. Choi

Description: Emergency Contact is a contemporary novel that alternates perspectives between a Korean American female protagonist and a white male protagonist. The love story centers around awkward people connecting over the Internet and through texts in a digital age.

Includes: #ownvices #asianamerican #korean #contemporary #femaleprotagonist #maleprotagonist #interraciallove

Citation: Choi, M. H. K. (2018). Emergency Contact. Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns

Author: Julie C. Dao

Description: Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns is a retelling of the evil queen story from Snow White. It is a dark read set in a fictional country and is based on Asian folklore.

Includes: #ownvoices #asianamerican #fantasy #magic #femaleprotagonist

Citation: Dao, J.C. (2017). Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns. Philomel Books.

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I Believe In A Thing Called Love

I Believe In A Thing Called Love

Author: Maurene Goo

Description: I Believe In A Thing Called Love is a contemporary love story about a Korean American female protagonist who is trying to find love by following the steps of a K-Drama love story.

Includes: #ownvoices #asianamerican #korean #contemporary #femaleprotagonist

Citation: Goo, M. (2017). I Believe In A Thing Called Love. Farrar, Straus and Grioux (BYR).

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Picture Us In The Light

Picture Us In The Light

Author: Kelly Loy Gilbert

Description: Picture Us In The Light is the story of an Asian American gay teen who is dealing with the issues of grief, unrequited love, and family mystery.

Includes: #ownvoices #asianamerican #LGBTQIA #gay #contemporary #maleprotagonist.

Citation: Loy Gilbert, K. (2018). Picture Us In The Light. Disney-Hyperion.

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The Astonishing Color Of After

The Astonishing Color of After

Author: Emily X.R. Pan

Description: The Astonishing Color of After is a magical realism novel about a biracial Taiwanese and white teen whose mother commits suicide. The novel centers around the protagonist’s trip to visit her grandparents for the the first time in Taiwan and her belief that her mom has turned into a bird.

Includes: #ownvoices #asianamerican #taiwanese #femaleprotagonist #magicalrealism #magic #synesthesia #biracial #mentalhealth #suicide

Citation: Pan, E. X. R. (2018). The Astonishing Color of After. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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The Girl From Everywhere

The Girl From Everywhere

Author: Heidi Heilig

Description: The Girl From Everywhere is the magical story of a biracial Chinese/Hawaiian girl who lives on a ship that can travel through space and time.

Includes: #ownvoices #asianamerican #biracial #alternativehistory #magic #fantasy #bipolar #mentalhealth #timetravel #femaleprotagonist

Citation: Heilig, H. (2016). The Girl From Everywhere. Greenwillow Books.

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To All The Boys I've Loved Before

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Description: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about the craziness that ensues when the biracial Korean protagonist’s former crushes all find out simultaneously that she was once in love with them.

Includes: #ownvoices #asianamerican #korean #biracial #contemporary #interraciallove #femaleprotagonist

Citation: Han, J. (2014). To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Penerbit Spring.

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When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Description: When Dimple Met Rishi is a love story about two Indian American teens at a summer coding camp. The story deals with issues of identity politics, being a first generation American, and culture clashes.

Includes: #ownvoices #asianamerican #indian #femaleprotagonist #maleprotagonist #identitypolitics #contemporary

Citation: Menon, S. (2017). When Dimple Met Rishi. Simon Pulse.

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