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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.