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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Love (9)


For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans. Side note: I am going to try not to repeat books I mentioned already in my #kidlitwomen posts, so for more on Asian American books I loved, make sure to peek at that list, too!

For the final day of this month, the feature book is:

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh.

In an alternate/future world, there are no countries, only states, but even so, war breaks out as those in power try to remain in power, while rebels try to bring them down. Jaewon Lee, abandoned by his rebel father; is part of an elite military group – and he is assigned to Tera, a weapon/super soldier. As they work together, he sees her as a girl, a friend, and possibly something more. This complicates matters as rebel forces threaten life as they know it, and Jaewon must make a choice. I’m thrilled with the all-Asian cast.

I’d like to take a moment here to inform you that I will be on a panel at the NCTE Annual Convention with authors Axie Oh, Andrea Wang, and Veera Hiranandani, moderated by Dr. Jung Kim: Asian American Stories and Voices: Not All the Same on Saturday, November 17, 2018 4:15-5:30 p.m.

Thank you for spending the month of May with me. Next up, I’ll be sharing a list of Asian Pacific American books that are on my very tall TBR pile!


Hound Dog True by Linda Urban


Hound Dog True by Linda Urban (Harcourt/2011)

Fifth grader Mattie Breen has moved countless times – every time Mama feels like the going gets tough. This time they’ve moved in with Uncle Potluck. Mattie has a plan – as she accompanies him on his rounds as janitor at her soon-to-be new school, she decides she will prove herself a useful custodial apprentice and maybe he will allow her to continue working with him during recess and lunch so she will not have to face being friendless. She keeps notes in her notebook – the same kind of notebook she used to write stories in before something happened at her last school to make her stop. When Quincy Sweet visits her aunt next door, Mattie would like to avoid her, but it seems impossible. Could Quincy be another girl to make her feel bad? Or could Quincy be a friend?

A story about a painfully shy girl, who wants a friend, but doesn’t know how to go about making one. I was cheering her on the entire time. Heart-warming with touches of humor, this is a fabulous story about being brave.

I loved Linda Urban’s debut book, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, and was so happy to read this one! I can’t wait for her next!