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PICTURE BOOKS

A Different Pond

As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.

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A Map into the World

Paj Ntaub, a young Hmong American girl, spends a busy year with her family in their new home, and seeks a way to share the beauty of the world with a grieving neighbor.

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Abadeha : the Philippine Cinderella

De La Paz, Myrna J.

In this version of Cinderella, set in the Philippines, Abadeha endures abuse by her stepmother before being helped by the Spirit of the Forest and becoming the bride of the island chieftain's son.

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An eagle’s feather : based on a story by the Philippine Eagle Foundation

Ho, Minfong

Kalayaan, a Great Philippine Eagle shot by a hunter, is rescued by kind villagers and eventually released back into the wild with his companion Pinpin, in a book that focuses on the conservation efforts of the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

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Chicken of the sea

Nguyen, Viet Thanh,

Follows the adventures of the brave sailor chickens who battle seasickness and the fearsome Dog Knights.

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Cora Cooks Pancit

Lazo Gilmore, Dorina K.

Writers often draw on their families for inspiration. They may write directly about the experiences of their family members or they may just draw details (the author named the main character after her grandmother Cora), events or feelings from their family members. Write a story that draws inspiration from your family. It can be a true story or based on your imagination using real details from your life.

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Drawn together

Lê, Minh,

A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.

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Fly free!

Thong, Roseanne

When Mai feeds the caged birds at a Buddhist temple in Vietnam, her simple act of kindness starts a chain of thoughtful acts that ultimately comes back to her. Includes author's note explaining the Buddhist concepts of karma and samsara, or the wheel of life.

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In a village by the sea

Van, Muon

Moving from the wide world to the snugness of home and back out again, Village by the Sea tells the story of longing for the comforts of home

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Kaya’s heart song

Sanders, Diwa Tharan

When Kaya hears her mother singing her happy heart song, she travels through the jungle to search for her own heart song.

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Ten cents a pound

Tran-Davies, Nhung N.

A young girl is torn between her desire to stay home with her family and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them.

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YOUTH AND TEEN BOOKS

A wish in the dark

Soontornvat, Christina

Set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world, Christina Soontornvat's twist on Victor Hugo's Les MisÔerables is a dazzling, fast-paced adventure that explores the difference between law and justice -- and asks whether one child can shine a light in the dark.

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Any day with you

Respicio, Mae

During the summer before seventh grade, Kaia, who enjoys living in Southern California, visiting the beach with her family, and creating movie make-up effects, makes a film with her friends to win a contest and hopefullly prevent her beloved great-grandtather from moving back to the Philippines.

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Bone talk

Gourlay, Candy

In a remote village in the Philippines at the end of the nineteenth century, ten-year-old Samkad must deal with a separation from his best friend before unknown American enemies bring war and destruction.

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Everlasting Nora

Cruz, Marie Miranda

After surviving a fire in which her father dies, Nora and her mother live in a cemetery, but when her mother disappears and a loan shark steals her savings, Nora finds support from her cemetery neighbors to earn some money and search for her mother.

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Hello, Universe (youth)

Kelly, Erin Entrada

Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

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How to make friends with the sea

Guerrero, Tanya

Moving to the Philippines with his zoologist mother, twelve-year-old Pablo struggles with anxiety while his mother fosters an orphaned child with a facial anomaly.

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Inside out & back again

Lai, Thanhha

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

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My fate according to the butterfly

Villanueva, Gail D.

In one week Sabrina will be eleven-years-old and she would really like to get her estranged parents and her older sister Nadine together for the celebration, especially since the black butterfly landing on her locket has convinced her that she is going todie; Sabrina and her friend Pepper come up with a bucket list, and enlist Nadine's help--but aspiring reporter Nadine is working on a story about the Philippines' war on drugs, and she has uncovered something that may endanger them all, and prove the butterfly is indeed a harbinger of death in Manila.

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The girl and the ghost

Alkaf, Hanna

Retells a Malaysian folk tale in which a lonely girl, Suraya, inherits from her grandmother a pelesit, a ghostly demon, who proves to be a good companion, bringing both danger and hope.

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