Special Topics and Award Books

We Are Not Free

For budding artist Minoru Ito, and the other members of the Japanese-American community in southern California, the three months since Pearl Harbor was attacked have become a waking nightmare--and now things are about to get worse, their lives forever changed by the mass incarcerations in the relocation camps.

We Are Not Free

Traci Chee
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Chee)

For budding artist Minoru Ito, and the other members of the Japanese-American community in southern California, the three months since Pearl Harbor was attacked have become a waking nightmare--and now things are about to get worse, their lives forever changed by the mass incarcerations in the relocation camps.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Astonishing Color of After

After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.

The Astonishing Color of After

Emily X.R. Pan
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Pan)

After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Night Diary

It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore.

The Night Diary

Veera Hiranandani
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Hiranan)

It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Everything Sad is Untrue: (A True Story)

At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. his story. But no one believes a word he says. Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying.

Everything Sad is Untrue: (A True Story)

Daniel Nayeri
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Nayeri)

At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. his story. But no one believes a word he says. Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Malinda Lo
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lo)

Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Jenny Han
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Han)

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Like a Love Story

It's 1989 in New York City, and the world is changing. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather. He's terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he's gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media's images of men dying of AIDS.

Like a Love Story

Abdi Nazemian
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Nazemia)

It's 1989 in New York City, and the world is changing. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather. He's terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he's gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media's images of men dying of AIDS.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie’s every waking thought. But when she discovers she’s a celestial spirit who’s powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

F.C. Yee
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Yee)

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie’s every waking thought. But when she discovers she’s a celestial spirit who’s powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Somewhere Only We Know

Told from two viewpoints, teens Lucky, a very famous K-pop star, and Jack, a part-time paparazzo who is trying to find himself, fall for each other against the odds through the course of one stolen day.

Somewhere Only We Know

Maurene Goo
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Goo)

Told from two viewpoints, teens Lucky, a very famous K-pop star, and Jack, a part-time paparazzo who is trying to find himself, fall for each other against the odds through the course of one stolen day.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Skyhunter

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death. Robbed of her voice and home, Talin Kanami knows first hand the brutality of the Federation. But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front, Talin senses there's more to him than meets the eye.

Skyhunter

Marie Lu
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lu)

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death. Robbed of her voice and home, Talin Kanami knows first hand the brutality of the Federation. But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front, Talin senses there's more to him than meets the eye.


YA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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