Young Adult Fiction
Can Patrik and his family escape their totalitarian country before they are found out?
multicultural middle grade fiction
In Baghdad, war is being waged all around Talib and Nouri. Can these two Iraqi boys solve their own war and live in peace with each other?
Living in the Mayan jungle, Rosalba knows nothing about the prophesy of the end of the world. Then sophisticated Alicia comes from Mexico City to tell her all about it...
Susana and Pina grow up in an Italian orphanage Will either find a parent?
Can a white boy and an African boy keep their friendship in a changing world?
Overnight, Tinh's Vietnamese village is destroyed by a cyclone. How can Tinh make things right for himself and his family?
Binh's Ameican aunt is coming to her Vietnamese village. Will she bring the riches that Binh longs for?
Gregory has to leave the Navajo reservation for the big city of Tucson.
Why won't the new Chinese girl be Ginny's friend?
In this sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress, Oy must again make a decision. In the talent show will she do what others want or be true to herself?
What if your best friend is also your biggest rival?
Will Noi be sent to the factory to work, or can she learn to paint umbrellas? Will a young artist be able to pursue her gift?
Gloria wakes up on Christmas morning to find that Mama is going to work instead of taking her to Nana's house in Mexico to celebrate.
Oy, a Thai immigrant, has to decide what she will give up to fit in. What would you do if the most popular girl demanded that you bring your special dress to school, or else?

Will Noi be sent to the factory to work, or can she learn to paint umbrellas? Will a young artist be able to pursue her gift?

Here is the Japanese version.

a Booklist Top Ten Art Book for Youth

Texas Bluebonnet Nominee 2005

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award 2005


“Vivid details of village life as well as insights into the colors and techniques of silk painting…” New York Times

“The author captures the exotic smells, tastes, and sounds that define Noi’s world and shapes an equally affecting portrait of a family coping with the changes thrust upon it.”
Publishers Weekly—starred review

“Marsden tells a story that is foreign in detail and texture but universal in appeal. The community’s weather, customs and beliefs are reflected in the observant Noi’s quiet narrative, but more fundamental is her love for each family member, her concern for their livelihood, and her longing to contribute to the family’s fortunes in her own way.”
Booklist—starred review

“The language is soft and clear as rainwater, a glimpse into a way of life little known to American children.” Childrens Books

One time when I visited Thailand, I met an activist who was concerned about the toxic metals being used in the factories. Young workers were dying, and the forest was being polluted. I told this woman that I would go home and do something about this situation. I began to write what would become SILK UMBRELLAS. The story went through many changes, going from being a picture book, to a non-fiction holiday book, to different versions of a middle grade novel until it became the present book.

*Thai culture
*What are the demands and expectations on young people in other cultures?
*How is your own world changing?