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?

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?


REVIEWS
The Chicago Tribune:
“…The intricacies of friendship,
even when we recognize the limits of the people we'd like to like
us, ring true here. This one will resonate with many grade-school
girls."

Booklist:
“Once again, Marsden sensitively portrays Oy’s feelings as she tries to find her way between her immigrant family’s customs and values and those of the children at school.”

School Library Journal
“A perennial topic is handled with poignancy and grace.”

HOW I GOT THE IDEA
The Quail Club is the sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress. When my daughter, Preeya, was in a school in La Jolla, there was a talent show. Her friends wanted her to do a jazzy Brittany Spears kind of dance, whereas Preeya preferred to do her Thai dance. Once again, as a fiction writer, I kept my ears open and watched carefully!
IDEAS FOR CLASSROOM DISCUSSION:

*Thai culture
*what it's like to be an immigrant
*what does it mean to be a friend?
*what does it mean to compromise?