Y = books recommended for younger readers; O = books recommended for older readers
Berger, Barbara     (Y)
All the way to Lhasa : a tale from Tibet
A boy and his yak persevere along the difficult way to the holy city of Lhasa and succeed where others fail.


Khan, Rukhsana     (Y)
Silly chicken
In Pakistan, Rani believes that her mother loves their pet chicken Bibi more than she cares for her, until the day that a fluffy chick appears and steals Rani's own affections.


Khan, Rukhsana     (O)
Wanting Mor
Jameela, a young girl living in war-torn Afghanistan, struggles to find her place in the world after her mother dies and she moves to Kabul with her drunken father where she clashes with her stepmother and ends up in an orphanage.


Lin, Grace     (O)
Where the mountain meets the moon
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.


McKay, Lawrence     (Y)
Caravan
A ten-year-old boy accompanies his father for the first time on a caravan trip through the mountains of Afghanistan to the city below where they will trade their goods at market.


Niemann, Christoph     (Y)
The pet dragon
When Lin's beloved pet dragon disappears, she searches for him far and wide until a witch helps her to reach the dragon's new home. Introduces a different Chinese character on each step of Lin's adventure.


Nishizuka, Koko     (Y)
The beckoning cat : based on a Japanese folktale
A retelling of the traditional Japanese tale describing the origins of the beckoning cat and how it came to be a symbol of good luck.


Perkins, Mitali     (O)
Rickshaw girl
In her Bangladesh village, ten-year-old Naimi excels at painting designs called alpanas, but to help her impoverished family financially she would have to be a boy--or disguise herself as one.


Preus, Margi     (O)
Heart of a samurai
In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.


Rumford, James     (Y)
Silent music : a story of Baghdad
As bombs and missiles fall on Baghdad in 2003, a young boy uses the art of calligraphy to distance himself from the horror of war.


Tucker, Kathy     (Y)
The seven Chinese sisters
When a dragon snatches the youngest of seven talented Chinese sisters, the other six come to her rescue.


Turner, Pamela S     (Y)
Hachiko : the true story of a loyal dog
Relates the true story of a dog who accompanied his master to and from a Tokyo train station for a year and, after his master died, continued to wait for him there every day for many years.


  Summer 2011