Middle Grade Books by Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors

The Secret Diary of Mona Hasan By Salma Hussain Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735271494
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Published: Tundra Books - May 3rd, 2022

Mona learns to find her voice over the course of a year that sees her immigrating from Dubai to Canada in this novel for fans of Front Desk by Kelly Yang.


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Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665900706
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 10th, 2022

Percy Jackson meets Tristan Strong in this hilarious, action-packed middle grade contemporary fantasy that follows a young boy as he journeys across China to seal the underworld shut and save the mortal realm.

Zachary Ying never had many opportunities to learn about his Chinese heritage.


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The Last Mapmaker By Christina Soontornvat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204957
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Published: Candlewick - April 12th, 2022

A Newbery Honor Book
A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book 

From Christina Soontornvat, the visionary and versatile author of two 2021 Newbery Honor Books, comes a high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world.


Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone By Tae Keller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593310526
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2022

In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal for When You Trap a Tiger, Tae Keller offers a gripping and emotional story about friendship, bullying, and the possiblity that there's more in the universe than just us.

Sometimes middle school can make you feel like you're totally alone in the universe...but what if we aren't alone at all?


Winnie Zeng Unleashes a Legend By Katie Zhao Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593426579
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2022

An epic new fantasy series inspired by Chinese mythology that #1 New York Times bestselling author Kwame Mbalia calls "a hilarious tussle between homework, family, and heroism." When a girl awakens the stuff of legends from an old family recipe, she must embrace her extraordinary heritage to save the world.


Troublemaker By John Cho Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780759554474
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 22nd, 2022

An instant New York Times bestselller!
An Indiebound bestseller!

Troublemaker follows the events of the LA Riots through the eyes of 12-year-old Jordan as he navigates school and family.


Golden Girl By Reem Faruqi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063044753
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Published: HarperCollins - February 22nd, 2022

From the award-winning, ALA Notable author of Unsettled and Lailah’s Lunchbox, this is a captivating coming-of-age middle grade novel in verse about seventh grader Aafiyah Qamar, a Pakistani American girl who hatches a special plan to help her family but finds that doing what’s right isn’t always easy.


Omar Rising By Aisha Saeed Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108581
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 1st, 2022

“Irresistibly appealing and genuinely inspiring—a story that helps us to see the world more clearly, and to see ourselves as powerful enough to change it.” —Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award Winner When You Reach Me


Maizy Chen's Last Chance: (Newbery Honor Award Winner) By Lisa Yee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984830258
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2022

NEWBERY HONOR AWARD WINNER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN AWARD FOR YOUTH LITERATURE

Twelve year-old Maizy discovers her family’s Chinese restaurant is full of secrets in this irresistible novel that celebrates food, fortune, and family.


Rick Riordan Presents Tiger Honor (A Thousand Worlds Novel, Book 2) By Yoon Lee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368055543
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 4th, 2022

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Yoon Ha Lee's second space opera inspired by Korean mythology, this time narrated by a nonbinary tiger spirit.


Girl Giant and the Jade War By Van Hoang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250240446
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - December 7th, 2021

In this sequel to Girl Giant and the Monkey King, Thom and her friends set off on a far flung adventure to save the Heavens and the Jade Emperor from certain destruction.


Tiger Skin Rug: A Magical Journey By Joan Haig Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609457204
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Published: Europa Editions - November 2nd, 2021

SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE


Two homesick Indian boys and their new Scottish friend join a magical tiger on a journey across continents.


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How Do You Live? By Genzaburo Yoshino, Bruno Navasky (Translated by), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Genzaburo Yoshino, Bruno Navasky (Translated by), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616209773
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 26th, 2021

The first English translation of the classic Japanese novel that has sold over 2 million copies—a childhood favorite of anime master Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle), with an introduction by Neil Gaiman.
 
First published in 1937, Genzaburō Yoshino’s How Do You Live


Barakah Beats By Maleeha Siddiqui Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338702064
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 19th, 2021

"This book about friendship and faith absolutely sings." -- Buzzfeed

Perfect for fans of The First Rule of Punk or Save Me a Seat, this is a sweet, powerful, and joyous novel about a girl who finds her voice on her own terms.

Twelve-year-old Nimra Sharif has spent her whole life in Islamic school, but now it's time to go to "real school."

Nim


Room to Dream (Front Desk #3) By Kelly Yang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338621129
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 21st, 2021

New York Times bestselling author Kelly Yang is back with another heartwarming and inspiring story of Mia and friends!

Mia Tang is going for her dreams!

After years of hard work, Mia Tang finally gets to go on vacation with her family -- to China! A total dream come true! Mia can't wait to see all her cousins and grandparents again, especially her cousin Shen.


The Samosa Rebellion By Shanthi Sekaran Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063051539
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 21st, 2021

Critically acclaimed author Shanthi Sekaran makes her middle grade debut with this timely and stunning novel in which a young boy and his friends must rescue his grandmother from a relocation camp after their country’s descent into xenophobia. Perfect for fans of The Night Diary and Front Desk.


Danny Chung Sums It Up By Maisie Chan, Natelle Quek (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maisie Chan, Natelle Quek (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419748219
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Published: Amulet Books - September 7th, 2021

A touching and funny middle-grade story about a boy whose life is turned upside down when his Chinese grandmother moves in

Eleven-year-old Danny’s life is turned upside down when his Chinese grandmother comes to live with his family in England. Things get worse when Danny finds out he’ll have to share his room with her, and she took the top bunk!


Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero By Saadia Faruqi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062943255
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 7th, 2021

At a time when we are all asking questions about identity, grief, and how to stand up for what is right, this book by the author of A Thousand Questions will hit home with young readers who love Hena Khan and Varian Johnson—or anyone struggling to understand recent U.S. history and how it still affects us today.  


The Many Meanings of Meilan By Andrea Wang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593111284
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Published: Kokila - August 17th, 2021

“The little girl I was would have been thrilled to encounter Meilan... having found a character who embraces the complexity of being both Chinese and American, I would have been able to echo her words: 'I am not alone.'” 
New York Times Book Review by Jean Kwok
 


Dream, Annie, Dream By Waka T. Brown Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063017160
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 8th, 2022

In this empowering deconstruction of the so-called American Dream, a twelve-year-old Japanese American girl grapples with, and ultimately rises above, the racism and trials of middle school she experiences while chasing her dreams.


The One Thing You'd Save By Linda Sue Park, Robert Sae-Heng (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Robert Sae-Heng (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328515131
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Published: Clarion Books - March 16th, 2021

If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park explores different answers to this provocative question in linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class. Recipient of four starred reviews!


Finding Junie Kim By Ellen Oh Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062987983
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Published: HarperCollins - May 4th, 2021

For fans of Inside Out and Back Again and Amina’s Voice comes breathtaking story of family, hope, and survival from Ellen Oh, cofounder of We Need Diverse Books. When Junie Kim is faced with middle school racism, she learns of her grandparents’ extraordinary strength and finds her voice.


Unsettled By Reem Faruqi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063044708
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Published: HarperCollins - May 11th, 2021

A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year · Kid's Indie Next List · Featured in Today Show’s AAPI Heritage Month list · A Kirkus Children's Best Book of 2021 · A National Council of Teachers of English Notable Verse Novel · Jane Addams 2022 Children’s Book Award Finalist · 2021 Nerdy Awa


That Thing about Bollywood By Supriya Kelkar Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534466739
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 18th, 2021

Bollywood takes over in this “effervescent” (Booklist) and magical middle grade novel about an Indian American girl whose world turns upside down when she involuntarily starts bursting into glamorous song-and-dance routines during everyday life.

You know how in Bollywood when people are in love, they sing and dance from the mountaintops?


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A Wish in the Dark By Christina Soontornvat Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536222975
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Published: Candlewick - September 7th, 2021

A 2021 Newbery Honor Book

A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice.


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When You Trap a Tiger: (Newbery Medal Winner) By Tae Keller Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524715700
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 28th, 2020

WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL • WINNER OF THE ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN AWARD FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? This uplifting story brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother.


The Night Diary By Veera Hiranandani Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780735228528
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Published: Puffin Books - April 23rd, 2019

A 2019 NEWBERY HONOR BOOK

"A gripping, nuanced story of the human cost of conflict appropriate for both children and adults."


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Other Words for Home: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062747815
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 6th, 2021

New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book!

A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed.


Front Desk (Front Desk #1) (Scholastic Gold) By Kelly Yang Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338157826
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

Four starred reviews and over ten best-of-year lists!* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewMia Tang has a lot of secre


Prairie Lotus By Linda Sue Park Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328781505
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Published: Clarion Books - March 3rd, 2020

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered novel about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend.


Stand Up, Yumi Chung! By Jessica Kim Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525554998
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Published: Puffin Books - March 16th, 2021

One lie snowballs into a full-blown double life in this irresistible story about an aspiring stand-up comedian.


Lalani of the Distant Sea By Erin Entrada Kelly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062747280
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 15th, 2020

“Fast-paced and full of wonder, this is a powerful, gripping must-read.”—Kirkus (starred review)

“A lush and mysterious fable, full of beauty, full of wonder.”—Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal–winning author of When You Reach Me


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The Best at It By Maulik Pancholy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062866424
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 6th, 2020

From award-winning actor Maulik Pancholy comes a hilarious and heartfelt middle grade debut about a gay Indian American boy coming into his own. One of Time Out's “LGBTQ+ books for kids to read during Pride Month,” this is perfect for fans of Tim Federle’s Nate series.


Inside Out and Back Again: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Thanhhà Lai Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780061962790
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2013

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award!


Dumpling Days (A Pacy Lin Novel #3) By Grace Lin Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316531337
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

A fresh new look for this modern classic by the Newbery-Award winning and bestselling author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon


A Single Shard: A Newbery Award Winner By Linda Sue Park Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780547534268
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Published: Clarion Books - January 10th, 2011

The Newbery Medal-winning tale of an orphan boy whose dream of becoming a master potter leads to unforeseen adventure in ancient Korea.


The School for Good and Evil: Now a Netflix Originals Movie By Soman Chainani, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Soman Chainani, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062104908
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Published: HarperCollins - September 4th, 2018

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL is the #1 movie now streaming on Netflix—starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Sofia Wylie, Sophie Anne Caruso, Jamie Flatters, Earl Cave, Kit Young, and many others! 


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Dawn Raid By Pauline Vaeluaga Smith, Mat Hunkin (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646140411
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Published: Levine Querido - March 2nd, 2021

"Imagine this: You're having an amazing family holiday, one where everyone is there and all 18 of you are squeezed into one house. All of sudden it's 4 o'clock in the morning and there's banging and yelling and screaming. The police are in the house pulling people out of bed ..."


Hello, Universe: A Newbery Award Winner By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062414168
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 7th, 2020

Winner of the Newbery Medal

“A charming, intriguingly plotted novel.”—Washington Post

Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.


I'm Ok By Patti Kim Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534419308
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

“So funny and heartfelt.” —Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese
“I love the profound honesty of I’m Ok.” —Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park

Ok Lee is determined to find the perfect get-rich-quick scheme in this funny, uplifting novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Crenshaw.

Ok Lee


Kira-Kira By Cynthia Kadohata Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689856402
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - December 26th, 2006

kira-kira (kee ra kee ra): glittering; shining Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes.


In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson By Bette Bao Lord, Marc Simont (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bette Bao Lord, Marc Simont (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064401753
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Published: HarperCollins - April 2nd, 2019

A timeless classic that will enchant readers who love Jennifer L. Holm and Thanhhà Lại, about an immigrant girl inspired by the sport she loves to find her own home team—and to break down any barriers that stand in her way.


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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel By Firoozeh Dumas Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781328740960
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Published: Clarion Books - August 15th, 2017

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block...for the fourth time.

California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy.


Amina's Voice By Hena Khan Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481492072
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 1st, 2018

A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2017

“For inspiring empathy in young readers, you can’t get better than this book.” —R. J.


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The Bridge Home By Padma Venkatraman Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781524738136
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 14th, 2020

"Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma infuses her story with hope and bravery that will inspire readers."--Aisha Saeed, author of the New York Times Bestseller Amal Unbound


A Place to Belong By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481446655
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - June 9th, 2020

Five starred reviews!

“Another gift from Kadohata to her readers.” —Booklist (starred review)

A Japanese American family, reeling from their ill treatment in the Japanese imprisonment camps, gives up their American citizenship to move back to Hiroshima, unaware of the devastation wreaked by the atomic bomb in this piercing and all too relev


See You in the Cosmos By Jack Cheng Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399186387
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Published: Puffin Books - May 15th, 2018

“I haven't read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder.” —Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places


Save Me a Seat (Scholastic Gold) By Sarah Weeks, Gita Varadarajan Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545846615
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 24th, 2018

A new friend could be sitting right next to you.

Save Me a Seat joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels.


Pie in the Sky By Remy Lai, Remy Lai (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Remy Lai, Remy Lai (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250314109
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks - May 14th, 2019

A poignant, laugh-out-loud illustrated middle-grade novel about an eleven-year-old boy's immigration experience, his annoying little brother, and their cake-baking hijinks! Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang!

A Parents Magazine Best Kids Book of the Year!
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year!
An NPR Best Book of the Year!


Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh By Uma Krishnaswami, Nidhi Chanani (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Uma Krishnaswami, Nidhi Chanani (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781600602610
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Published: Tu Books - May 15th, 2017

Amelia Bloomer Project - Feminist Task Force, American Library Association (ALA)
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
South Asia Book Award Highly Commended Book, South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC)


Count Me In By Varsha Bajaj Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780525517269
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 25th, 2020

An uplifting story, told through the alternating voices of two middle-schoolers, in which a community rallies to reject racism.


While I Was Away By Waka T. Brown Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780063017122
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 21st, 2021

Named one of New York Public Library's & Bank Street's Best Books of the Year!

The Farewell meets Erin Entrada Kelly's Blackbird Fly in this empowering middle grade memoir from debut author Waka T. Brown, who takes readers on a journey to 1980s Japan, where she was sent as a child to reconnect to her family’s roots.


Ruby's Wish By Shirin Yim Bridges, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781452145693
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 4th, 2015

Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family.


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon By Grace Lin Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780316038638
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2011

This stunning fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion novel to Starry River of the Sky and the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver