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?

Why won't the new Chinese girl be Ginny's friend?

REVIEWS
School Library Journal
“The push/​pull between American and ethnic culture, a dilemma that many children of immigrants feel, is well illustrated in this novel. Ginny is a real little girl who doesn’t want to be different, but at the same time values her parents and their culture. A first-rate purchase.”

National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature
“With sensitivity, through portraying very genuine situations…Marsden and Loh give a needed voice to the Asian-American experience in this country. Add the enjoyable detail about Chinese holidays, banquets, clothes, and culture to make an important and memorable book."

Publishers Weekly
“…the story succeeds in conveying the conflicts in these girls’ lives and their resourcefulness in coping wit

HOW I GOT THE IDEA
When I was teaching first grade, Virginia Loh was a teacher in the same school. One Christmas when we were at a party together, Virginia started to talk about growing up with parents who had immigrated from South East Asia. I told her that her stories were so fascinating, that she should write them down. Pretty soon, I offered to write with her and we had a book going!
IDEAS FOR CLASSROOM DISCUSSION:

*Chinese culture
*what it's like to be an immigrant
*Chinese astrology-- what year are we in and what does the animal signify? What year were you born in?
*friendship
*adoption