Special Topics and Award Books

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A year after 9/11, Muslim teenager Shirin has completely withdrawn from social life, until she meets Ocean James in her biology class and is tempted to actually let her guard down.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Tahereh Mafi
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mafi)

A year after 9/11, Muslim teenager Shirin has completely withdrawn from social life, until she meets Ocean James in her biology class and is tempted to actually let her guard down.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

An Ember in the Ashes

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

An Ember in the Ashes

Sabaa Tahir
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Tahir)

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Lalani of the Distant Sea

Lalani Sarita takes on the impossible task of traveling to the legendary Mount Isa, towering on an island to the north. Generations of men and boys have died on the same quest--how can a timid young girl in a tiny boat survive the epic tests of the archipelago?

Lalani of the Distant Sea

Erin Entrada Kelly
(Juvenile Fiction - J Kelly)

Lalani Sarita takes on the impossible task of traveling to the legendary Mount Isa, towering on an island to the north. Generations of men and boys have died on the same quest--how can a timid young girl in a tiny boat survive the epic tests of the archipelago?


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Shadow of the Fox

Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple's greatest treasure--one part of the ancient scroll.

Shadow of the Fox

Julie Kagawa
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Kagawa)

Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple's greatest treasure--one part of the ancient scroll.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Wicked Fox

After Gu Miyoung, a nine-tailed fox surviving in modern-day Seoul by eating the souls of evil men, kills a murderous goblin to save Jihoon, she is forced to choose between her immortal life and his.

Wicked Fox

Kat Cho
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Cho)

After Gu Miyoung, a nine-tailed fox surviving in modern-day Seoul by eating the souls of evil men, kills a murderous goblin to save Jihoon, she is forced to choose between her immortal life and his.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Internment

A terrifying, futuristic United States where Muslim-Americans are forced into internment camps, and seventeen-year-old Layla Amin must lead a revolution against complicit silence.

Internment

Samira Ahmed
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Ahmed)

A terrifying, futuristic United States where Muslim-Americans are forced into internment camps, and seventeen-year-old Layla Amin must lead a revolution against complicit silence.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Henna Wars

Nishat doesn't want to lose her family, but she also doesn't want to hide who she is. Flávia is beautiful and charismatic, and Nishat falls for her instantly. Nishat has a decision to make: stay in the closet for her family, or put aside her differences with Flávia and give their relationship a chance.

The Henna Wars

Adiba Jaigirdar
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Jaigird)

Nishat doesn't want to lose her family, but she also doesn't want to hide who she is. Flávia is beautiful and charismatic, and Nishat falls for her instantly. Nishat has a decision to make: stay in the closet for her family, or put aside her differences with Flávia and give their relationship a chance.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

The stars say Xifeng is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But is the price of the throne too high? She must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Julie C. Dao
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Dao)

The stars say Xifeng is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But is the price of the throne too high? She must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

These Violent Delights

In 1926 Shanghai, eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, heir of the Scarlet Gang, and her first love-turned-rival Roma Montagov, leader of the White Flowers, must work together when mysterious deaths threaten their city.

These Violent Delights

Chloe Gong
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Gong)

In 1926 Shanghai, eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, heir of the Scarlet Gang, and her first love-turned-rival Roma Montagov, leader of the White Flowers, must work together when mysterious deaths threaten their city.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

All-American Muslim Girl

Sixteen-year-old Allie, aged seven when she knew her family was different and feared, struggles to claim her Muslim and Arabic heritage while finding her place as an American teenager.

All-American Muslim Girl

Nadine Jolie Courtney
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Courtne)

Sixteen-year-old Allie, aged seven when she knew her family was different and feared, struggles to claim her Muslim and Arabic heritage while finding her place as an American teenager.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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