Children's Asian Historical Fiction
If you're looking for a book to read together, you might consider Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, Jackie Robinson: Year of the Boar by Bette Bao Lord, and Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Leonore Look. Children's Asian historical fiction can also tell the stories of other Asian people from different eras. The story of Dia's aunt and uncle helps readers understand what it was like to be a refugee in China.
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
The third book in the Rick Riordan Presents series is Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, and this sci-fi novel takes readers on a cosmic adventure. Dragons, ghosts, goblins, trolls, tigers, and more all converge in this middle-grade space opera. The book also contains mildly violent scenes, so be warned!
The worlds of Jinju and the Dragon Pearl are rich and beautiful, but a single gem can destroy them all. This magical object can be used to save the Jinju, or it can destroy the world. Anybody can use it - or steal it - and it could be anyone. This children's historical fiction novel is read by Kim Mai Guest, who has an expressive, fluid pronunciation of both English and Korean.
Min is a young girl from a family of fox spirits. Her mother insists that she not use her fox magic, and her cousins must stay human. But when she comes across an investigator, who claims to have found her brother, she decides to run away and go on an adventure of her own. Along the way, she meets pirates, gamblers, and vengeful ghosts.
Yoon Ha Lee has created a unique blend of science fiction and Korean mythology in this story of a young girl with incredible powers. The combination of science and mythology makes this an original and memorable read for children and teens alike. Although the story begins promisingly, it fades a bit by the halfway point, and the story ends with Min disguised on a spaceship and charming everyone in sight. Still, Dragon Pearl is a fun space adventure with a surprisingly realistic middle-grade plot. The author does a good job of world-building for a children's Asian historical fiction.
The story begins with a special investigator who informs Min's family that Jun has been missing. The family believes Jun would never desert the battle cruiser Pale Lightning. As Min seeks out Jun, she uses her fox-magic, shape-shifting, and Charm casting abilities to sneak aboard and find him. The investigator is soon appalled and Min tries to rescue her friend from a terrible fate.
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie-Rod, a bestselling novel by Bette Bao Lord, tells the story of a young Chinese girl whose father immigrated to the United States in 1946. Mao Zedong's victory over the Communist Party led to the end of the Chinese civil war, and his family was stranded in the United States. This book tells the story of one of China's most famous sports figures and a young girl who became an American sports legend.
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie-Rod is a 1984 children's novel by Bette Bao Lord. The story centers on a young Chinese girl named Shirley Temple Wong, who goes by the nickname "Bandit" before her family left Shanghai. She must win the acceptance of her schoolmates and prove her Chinese heritage. As the Year of the Boar falls on the same month as Jackie Robinson's rookie season in Brooklyn, Shirley is determined to prove herself and her American citizenship.
Despite the age of the book, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie-Rodgers is still relevant for today's young immigrant. As a girl of color, Shirley was forced to adjust to two cultures and find her place in both. The author's childhood experiences as an immigrant herself helped her craft a novel that captures the struggles of adjusting to a new country.
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie-Rodgers by Bette Bao Lord has become one of the most highly acclaimed novels in the English language. Lord is a renowned writer and served on the board of Freedom House. She is an outstanding example of a female activist who was willing to challenge the power of her race to achieve her goals. It is a story worth reading.
The story of Shirley's racial identity is an inspiring one. She is a descendant of a slave, but she proves that anyone can achieve success in America. Shirley is part Chinese, but she's very aware that her culture is slipping away. Her ancestors were poor in China. Jackie Robinson reminds us that we must also provide equal opportunity for all.
Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Leonore Look
Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Leone Look is a delightful early chapter book about an 8-year-old Asian-American girl. Her adventures are imaginative and fun. It is appropriate for grades 1-3. The characters are diverse and have diverse perspectives, but the story still manages to be both humorous and relatable. This story is perfect for readers who enjoy Junie B Jones and Ramona.
The premise of Ruby Lu, Brave and True, is not new. The young girl is a talented magician and runs a magic show after school. Her mother makes her incredible capes, and she tries out magic tricks at magic class. The story is full of metaphors and imagery. The book follows Ruby's life and her relationship with her brother, Oscar. In addition to magic tricks, the book explores her cultural identity.
The story follows Ruby Lu, an Asian-American child, who goes to a Chinese school on Saturdays. She attends Chinese school and has a cousin who lives in China. The book depicts her struggles as an older sister, and the triumphs of being brave and true. While growing up in the US, Ruby also learns Chinese, and her family's heritage is highlighted through the language of her grandfather and her parents.
Ruby is happy, and she likes her neighborhood and her neighbors. She also rides the No. 3 bus to school. In addition to her classmates, Ruby has a cousin, Flying Duck, who emigrated from China. Flying Duck makes a good friend, but her parents can't speak English. In spite of these challenges, Ruby has a positive outlook and understands the need for change.
Extra Credit by Celeste Lim
A powerful force of literature and language, Victoria Chang has published five critically acclaimed poetry collections, two children's books, and a forthcoming collection of essays. Her latest release, From Whisper to Rallying Cry, is a debut novel about an Asian-American girl's journey to become a famous American spy. She is a violinist and has performed with many symphony orchestras. She has also collaborated with bands like Spiritualized and No Doubt.