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American betiya

American betiya

Rajurkar, Anuradha D., author.
2021

Eighteen-year-old Rani, a budding photographer, grapples with first love, family boundaries, and the complications of a cross-cultural relationship.

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American born Chinese

American born Chinese

Yang, Gene Luen, author
2006


Amy Wu and the patchwork dragon

Amy Wu and the patchwork dragon

Zhang, Kat, 1991- author
2020

"Amy loves craft time at school, but when her teacher asks everyone to make their own dragon, Amy feels stuck. Her first dragon has a long, wingless body, stag-like horns, and eagle claws, but her friends don't think it's a real dragon. Then she makes dragons like theirs, but none of them feels quite right--none of them feels like hers." --Publisher marketing.

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Darius the Great is not okay

Darius the Great is not okay

Khorram, Adib, author
2018

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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A different pond

A different pond

Phi, Bao, 1975- author
2017


Drawn together

Drawn together

Lê, Minh, 1979- author
2019


Eyes that kiss in the corners

Eyes that kiss in the corners

Ho, Joanna, author
2021

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother's, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future. Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages and is a celebration of diversity.

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Frazzled : everyday disasters and impending doom

Frazzled : everyday disasters and impending doom

Vivat, Booki, author, illustrator
2016


Gurple and Preen : a broken crayon cosmic adventure

Gurple and Preen : a broken crayon cosmic adventure

Park, Linda Sue, author
2020

"When Gurple and Preen crash land onto a strange alien planet, they must work together to build something new from their mistake in order to save their mission."-- Provided by publisher.

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Hot, hot roti for Dada-ji

Hot, hot roti for Dada-ji

Zia, F. (Farhana)
2011

Aneel and his grandfather, Dada-ji, tell stories, use their imaginations, and make delicious roti, a traditional Indian flatbread.

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I am small

I am small

Leng, Qin author, illustrator
2018


The last cherry blossom

The last cherry blossom

Burkinshaw, Kathleen, author
2016


The many colors of Harpreet Singh

The many colors of Harpreet Singh

Kelkar, Supriya, 1980- author
2019

Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion. He especially takes care with his patka his turban smoothing it out and making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet's mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, all he wants is to be invisible.

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My fate according to the butterfly

My fate according to the butterfly

Villanueva, Gail D., author
2019

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 to die; 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 ocean calls : a Haenyeo mermaid story

The ocean calls : a Haenyeo mermaid story

Cho, Tina, author
2020

"Dayeon wants to to be just like her haenyeo grandma (a free diver off the coast of Jeju Island), but she's afraid of the water."-- Provided by publisher.

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Ocean meets sky

Ocean meets sky

Fan, Terry, author
2018


A place at the table

A place at the table

Faruqi, Saadia, author
2020

Sixth-graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a Jewish girl, connect in an after school cooking club and bond over food and their mothers' struggles to become United States citizens.

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Plummet

Plummet

Tjia, Sherwin, 1975-, author
2019

When Amelia "Mel" Eichenwald wakes up one morning, she finds herself in endless freefall towards an Earth that is no longer there, surrounded by the junk of human existence. From high heels to houses, billions of random items drop alongside her like fallout from an exploded mall. Plummet follows Mel as she attempts to survive, find allies, and negotiating the balance between becoming prey or predator. What makes us human--and what keeps us human--when gravity is all there is? How do you take a stand when there is literally no place to sit?

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Prairie lotus

Prairie lotus

Park, Linda Sue, author
2020

In Dakota Territory in the 1880s, half-Chinese Hanna and her white father face racism and resistance to change as they try to make a home for themselves. Includes author's note.

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Skim

Skim

Tamaki, Mariko
2009


Spirit hunters

Spirit hunters

Oh, Ellen, author
2017


This time will be different

This time will be different

Sugiura, Misa, author
2019

Katsuyamas never quit -- but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn't even know where to start. She's never lived up to her mom's type A ambition, and she's perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family's flower shop. She doesn't buy into Hannah's romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of. Then her mom decides to sell the shop -- to the family who swindled CJ's grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ's family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.

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We are not free

We are not free

Chee, Traci, author
2020

For fourteen-year-old budding artist Minoru Ito, her two brothers, her friends, 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: attacked, spat on, and abused with no way to retaliate--and now things are about to get worse, their lives forever changed by the mass incarcerations in the relocation camps.

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A wish in the dark

A wish in the dark

Soontornvat, Christina, author
2020

For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. The wealthy dine and dance under bright orb light, while the poor toil away in darkness. Worst of all, Pong's prison tattoo marks him as a fugitive who can never be truly free. Nok, the prison warden's perfect daughter, is bent on tracking Pong down and restoring her family's good name. But as Nok hunts Pong through the alleys and canals of Chattana, she uncovers secrets that make her question the truths she has always held dear.

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Zara Hossain is here

Zara Hossain is here

Khan, Sabina, 1968-
2021

Seventeen-year-old Pakistani immigrant Zara Hossain has been leading a fairly typical life in Corpus Christi, Texas, since her family moved there for her father to work as a pediatrician. While dealing with the Islamophobia that she faces at school, Zara has to lay low, trying not to stir up any trouble and jeopardize their family's dependent visa status while they await their green card approval, which has been in process for almost nine years. But one day her tormentor, star football player Tyler Benson, takes things too far--[defacing her locker with a racist message]--and gets suspended.

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