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A Single Shard  by Linda Sue Park    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. A 2002 Newbery medal winner.


A Step from Heaven  by Ah Na    A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America. Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in Literature.


A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems  by Janet S. Wong   Perceptive, touching, and often amusing poems about the author's Korean, Chinese, and American heritage and her family.


Adopted from Asia: How It Feels to Grow Up in America  by Frances M. Koh    Collection of rich personal stories of eleven adopted Korean-born children.


American Eyes: New Asian-American Short Stories for Young Adults  by Lori M. Chrison   


An Introduction to Korean Culture  by John H. Koo and Andrew C. Nahm   Sometimes used as college textbook, this comprehensive guide covers language, people, arts, music, dance, and more.


Chesi's Story: One Boy's Long Journey from War to Peace  by Link S. White   Story of a pre-teen boy taken in by the American Military and made a mascot during the Korean War who is ultimately adopted and immigrates to the United States.


Children of Asian America.      Original stories about the experience of growing up as an Asian American child - lots of B&W photographs. Ages 5-15.


Echoes of the White Giraffe  by Sook Nyul Choi    Fifteen-year-old Sookan adjusts to life in the refugee village in Pusan but continues to hope that the civil war will end and her family will be reunited in Seoul. Sequel to "Year of Impossible Good-byes".


Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West  by Blaine Harden   Shin Dong-hyuk knew nothing of civilized existence ...he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family. A harrowing narrative of Shin's life and remarkable escape.


Everything You Need to Know about Asian-American History and Culture  by Lan Cao and H. Novas   Utilizing a lively question-and-answer format, a comprehensive overview of Asian-American history documents the dramatic impact of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, and Pacific Island cultures on American society.


Everything You Wanted to Know about Discrimination  by Ezra Palmer   Teaches how to recognize discrimination (racial, gender, handicap, age, and religious) and how to deal with it. Ages 9-14.


F is for Fabuloso  by Marie G. Lee    Jin-Ha has lived in America only a short time but is adjusting better than her parents. When Jin-Ha starts failing her math class and her racist teacher proves unsympathetic, she starts lying to her parents. After passing math, she confides in her parents about her lying, and her parents reveal the fears they've had and what they've withheld.


Filling in the Blanks: A Guided Look at Growing Up Adopted  by Susan Gabel, M.Ed    Lifebook/ workbook for older children, to be used as a tool to help them learn about being adopted. Sections include: My Birth Family, My Adoption Process, My Adoptive Family, and Myself.


Finding My Hat  by John Son   Jin-Han describes his life growing up in the United States with his Korean immigrant parents as they move to different cities with their business.


Finding My Voice  by Marie G. Lee    The only Asian in a small American high school, Ellen Sung begins her senior year, contending with racism and her parents' pressure to get good grades.


Gathering of Pearls  by Sook Nyul Choi    Sookan struggles to balance her new life as a college freshman in the United States with expectations from her family at home in Korea. Sequel to "Year of Impossible Good-byes" and "Echoes of the White Giraffe".


Growing Up Adopted  by Maxine R. Rosenberg   Fourteen adoptees of various ages describe their perspectives.


Heaven  by Angela Johnson   The 1999 Coretta Scott King award winner, this book is about a fourteen-year-old girl who learns that her parents are not hers by birth.


How It Feels to Be Adopted  by Jill Krementz    Nineteen young people present both the good and bad sides about being adopted from an adolescent point of view. Long-standing favorite.