Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage (Grades 6-8)

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Great stories by and about our Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

  • Pashmina

    2017 by Chanani, Nidhi

    Priyanka knows nothing about the life her mother left behind in India years ago. She is anxious to learn more, especially about her father, but her mother is not sharing. Then one day Pri finds a pashmina tucked into an old suitcase, and when she puts it on, she learns more than she'd ever expected.

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  • Weedflower

    2006 by Kadohata, Cynthia

    Although her life is not perfect, Sumiko enjoys helping on her family's flower farm in California--that is, until bombs are dropped on Pearl Harbor, and everything about her life is turned upside down.

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  • When You Trap a Tiger

    2020 by Keller, Tae

    Blending folktales and family history with real life struggles, this amazing book will enthrall you from start to finish.

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  • Blackbird Fly

    2015 by Kelly, Erin Entrada

    Bullied at school, eighth-grader Apple, a Filipino American who loves the music of the Beatles, decides to change her life by learning how to play the guitar.

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  • More to the Story

    2019 by Khan, Hena

    Middle-school journalism and family are at the heart of this modern retelling of Little Women.

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  • Red, White, and Whole

    2021 by LaRocca, Rajani

    Based on the author's experience of feeling like she has always been "split in two," this book follows 13-year-old Reha as she navigates the contradictions of being an American raised by Indian parents, wanting to be unique while fitting in, and having an interest in becoming a doctor, even though the sight of blood makes her faint.

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  • K-Pop Confidential

    2020 by Lee, Stephan

    Auditioning for an exciting new K-pop girl group behind her parents' backs (and getting in!) is only the first impossible thing Candace has to accomplish. Luckily, she has her friends at her side.

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  • The Best At It

    2019 by Pancholy, Maulik

    This book is about one kid's struggle to fit in and find that thing—whatever it is—he is really good at. This story has a ton of heart and humor.

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  • Prairie Lotus

    2020 by Park, Linda Sue

    Hanna and her father move from California to the Dakota territory in the 1880s, facing prejudice and hardship. Linda Sue Park wrote this wonderful book both as an homage to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series and a challenge to its problematic aspects.

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  • All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

    2020 by Soontornvat, Christina

    In the summer of 2018, members of a boys' soccer team in Thailand made international news when they became trapped in a cave that was rapidly filling up with water. This is the heart-stopping story of the 18 days of attempts to rescue the boys as the water continued to rise.

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  • The Magic Fish

    2020 by Trung, Le Nguyen

    Melding real life and fairy tales, this graphic novel is a beautiful coming-of-age family story.

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  • Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time

    2005 by Yee, Lisa

    Stanford Wong is having a terrible year. Flunking his English class means he has to do summer school instead of basketball, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. In spite of all his foibles (and farts), you'll be rooting for Stanford the whole way through.

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