BOOKS

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 2012 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 or special dress to school, or else?

Overnight, Tinh's Vietnamese village is destroyed by a cyclone.

AWARDS
nominee for the West Virginia Children’s Choice Book Award 2010-2011

Southern California Independent Booksellers Association 2008 Finalist

Booklist Top Ten Religion Books of 2008

A Junior Library Guild Selection

REVIEWS
“Cultural references are beautifully integrated into this lovely coming-of-age story.”School Library Journal


“Tinh experiences the range of feelings of a boy no longer a child—shame, loss, joy, obedience, fear and the weight of fulfilling the role of a proper son to his ancestors and extended family.” Kirkus


“This novel is most rewarding for its graceful unfolding of differences…and the chance it affords to spend time in a community guided by Buddhist values.”Publishers Weekly


“The authors’ detailed description of daily life give a strong sense of Tinh’s culture and what poverty means in the developing world, while Tinh’s poignant struggles to please his parents and use good judgment will feel familiar to many readers…unique title.”
Booklist

HOW I GOT THE IDEA
One day I was at Deer Park which is a Buddhist monastery near my house. One of the monks was giving a talk to the children. He told them about a storm that had destroyed his village and about how the people had had to recover afterwards. I loved the story from the moment I heard it. It also seemed an important story to tell because Hurricane Katrina had just destroyed New Orleans. I asked the monk, whose name is Thay Phap Niem, if we could write his story together and he said yes. Mostly, I did the writing while he swung in the hammock!
IDEAS FOR CLASSROOM DISCUSSION:
*Vietnamese culture
*hurricanes
*historically-important hurricanes like Katrina
*recovery after natural disasters
*Buddhism as a philosophy of life