Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage

by Karen Walch | May 12, 2022

These books are winners or honorees of the Asian/Pacific American Award

The Light Between Us
by Andrew Fukuda

In 1935, ten-year-old Alex Maki of Bainbridge Island, Washington, writes his pen pal, Charlie Lévy of Paris, France, over the years even as Charlie endures the Nazi occupation and Alex leaves his family in an internment camp and joins the Army.

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They Called Us Enemy   
by George Takei

As a four-year-old boy George Takei and his family were forced out of their home and into a "relocation center" along with every person of Japanese descent on the west coast where they would be held for years under armed guard.

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Darius the Great is Not Okay   
by Adib Khorram

Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.

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Outrun the Moon
by Stacey Lee

Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from poverty in Chinatown, and she gains admittance to a prestigious finishing school through a mix of cunning and bribery. She soon discovers that getting in was the easiest part, and must carve a niche among the spoiled heiresses. When the earthquake strikes on April 18, Mercy and her classmates are forced to a survivor encampment, but her quick-witted leadership rallies them to help in the tragedy's aftermath.

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P.S. I Still Love You
by Jenny Han

Lara Jean didn't expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren't. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean's feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

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Frankly in Love
by David Yoon

High school senior Frank Li takes a risk to go after a girl his parents would never approve of, but his plans will leave him wondering if he ever really understood love--or himself--at all.

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The Astonishing Color of After
by Emily X.R. Pan

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: when her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. As she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

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Saints & Misfits
by S.K. Ali

Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O'Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin--a holy star in the Muslim community--attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.

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