Best Teen & Young Adult Asian Historical Fiction Books

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1. Boxers & Saints Boxed Set (Boxers & Saints, 1)

Author: by Gene Luen Yang
First Second
English
512 pages

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The Boxers & Saints Boxed Set from Gene Luen Yang, one of the greatest comics storytellers alive, brings all his formidable talents to bear in this astonishing work. In two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries.

Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful. But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them.

As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity. Boxers & Saints is one of the most ambitious graphic novels First Second has ever published. It offers a penetrating insight into not only one of the most controversial episodes of modern Chinese history, but into the very core of our human nature.


2. The Art of My Neighbor Totoro: A Film by Hayao Miyazaki

Author: by Hayao Miyazaki
VIZ Media LLC
English
176 pages

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A generous collection of concept sketches, fully rendered character and background drawings, paintings and cell images! Meet the film’s principal characters and read interviews and comments with the production staff. A generous collection of concept sketches, fully rendered character and background drawings, paintings and cell images!

Meet the novel’s principal characters and read interviews and comments with the production staff.


3. The Forest of Stolen Girls

Author: by June Hur
English
384 pages
1250229588

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Suspenseful and richly atmospheric, June Hur’s The Forest of Stolen Girls is a haunting historical mystery sure to keep readers guessing until the last page. 1426, Joseon (Korea). Hwani’s family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest near a gruesome crime scene.

Years later, Detective MinHwani’s fatherlearns that thirteen girls have recently disappeared from the same forest that nearly stole his daughters. He travels to their hometown on the island of Jeju to investigate only to vanish as well. Determined to find her father and solve the case that tore their family apart, Hwani returns home to pick up the trail.

As she digs into the secrets of the small villageand collides with her now estranged sister, MaewolHwani comes to realize that the answer could lie within her own buried memories of what happened in the forest all those years ago.

Praise for The Forest of Stolen Girls:Junior Library Guild Selection”The Forest of Stolen Girls is a haunting, breathtaking tale that will have readers on the edge of their seats…. Hur is an absolute master of mystery, and I will be reading her gorgeous books for years to come.” Adalyn Grace, New York Times-bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth “Rich, exquisite, and deeply atmospheric, The Forest of Stolen Girls draws the reader in from the very first page and doesn’t let go.


4. Never Fall Down: A Novel

Author: by Patricia McCormick
Balzer + Bray
English
224 pages

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This National Book Award nominee from two-time finalist Patricia McCormick is the unforgettable story of Arn Chorn-Pond, who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge. Based on the true story of Cambodian advocate Arn Chorn-Pond, and authentically told from his point of view as a young boy, this is an achingly raw and powerful historical novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace.

It includes an author’s note and acknowledgments from Arn Chorn-Pond himself. When soldiers arrive in his hometown, Arn is just a normal little boy. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever.

Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children dying before his eyes. One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument.

Arn’s never played a note in his life, but he volunteers. This decision will save his life, but it will pull him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields. And just as the country is about to be liberated, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier.


5. The Silence of Bones

Author: by June Hur
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April 21, 2020
English

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June Hur’s elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody YA historical mystery tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Rene Ahdieh. I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak;Ears, but I mustn’t hear;Eyes, but I mustn’t see.

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: May you live in interesting times. Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly. Praise for The Silence of Bones:ABA Indies Introduce SelectionJunior Library Guild SelectionA 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award NomineeA 2021 ALA Rise Selection2020 Freeman Award Honorable Mention”At once haunting and evocative, June Hur’s The Silence of Bones is a gorgeous, tightly-woven debut.


6. Wolf by Wolf: One girl’s mission to win a race and kill Hitler (Wolf by Wolf, 1)

Author: by Ryan Graudin
English
416 pages
0316405086

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From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless. Her story begins on a train. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents.The prize?

An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball in Tokyo. Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost.

The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele’s twin brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.


7. Boxers (Boxers & Saints, 1)

Author: by Gene Luen Yang
First Second
English
336 pages

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Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and is a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of what’s popularly known as the MacArthur “Genius” Grant. A New York Times bestsellerChina,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants.

Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers – commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from “foreign devils.” Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful.

But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of “secondary devils” – Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity. Boxers & Saints is an innovative new graphic novel in two volumes – the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift.

American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith. Discover the other side of the Boxer Rebellion in Saints – the companion volume to Boxers.


8. Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword)

Author: by David Kudler
Stillpoint Digital Press
English
238 pages

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Samurai, assassins, warlords… And a girl who likes to climbTight, exciting, and thoughtful! KirkusKano Murasaki, you may not realize it, but I have done you a great favor. I have it in my power to give you a gift that you don’t even realize you desire.

Make yourself worth my trouble, and you will be glad of it. Disappoint me, and you will be very, very sorry. Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan – or may destroy it.

She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seemsMagical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Seasons of the SwordCan one girl win a war? Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel), is a young fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn’t possibly have the power to change the outcome.Or could she?


9. Vicious Spirits

Author: by Kat Cho
English
416 pages
1984812378

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New romance and dangers abound in this companion to the crowd-pleasing Wicked Fox. After the events of Wicked Fox, Somin is ready to help her friends pick up the pieces of their broken lives and heal. But Jihoon is still grieving the loss of his grandmother, and Miyoung is distant as she grieves over her mother’s death and learns to live without her fox bead.

The only one who seems ready to move forward is their not-so-favorite dokkaebi, Junu. Somin and Junu didn’t exactly hit it off when they first met. Somin thought he was an arrogant self-serving, conman. Junu was, at first, amused by her hostility toward him until he found himself inexplicably drawn to her.

Somin couldn’t deny the heat of their attraction. But as the two try to figure out what could be between them, they discover their troubles aren’t over after all. The loss of Miyoung’s fox bead has caused a tear between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and ghosts are suddenly flooding the streets of Seoul.

10. The Midnight Palace

Author: by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
B0047Y17S4
May 31, 2011
English

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A dark mystery lurks in the heart of Calcutta in this young adult novel from bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafn, translated from the original Spanish by acclaimed translator Lucia Graves. Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat.

Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life… Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere’s sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives.

This time, it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the nightand face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.

11. Wicked Fox

Author: by Kat Cho
English
448 pages
1984812343

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An addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul. Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret-she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead-her gumiho soul-in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl-he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to men.

He’s drawn to her anyway. With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous and reignite a generations-old feud …

12. Samurai Shortstop

Author: by Alan M. Gratz
Speak
English
280 pages

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Tokyo, 1890.Toyo is caught up in the competitive world of boarding school, and must prove himself to make the team in a new sport called besuboru. But he grieves for his uncle, a samurai who sacrificed himself for his beliefs, at a time when most of Japan is eager to shed ancient traditions.

It’s only when his father decides to teach him the way of the samurai that Toyo grows to better understand his uncle and father. And to his surprise, the warrior training guides him to excel at baseball, a sport his father despises as yet another modern Western menace.

Toyo searches desperately for a way to prove there is a place for his family’s samurai values in modern Japan. Baseball might just be the answer, but will his father ever accept a Western game that stands for everything he despises?

13. Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

Author: by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
Square Fish
English
320 pages

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When Young Fu arrives with his mother in bustling 1920s Chungking, all he has seen of the world is the rural farming village where he has grown up. He knows nothing of city life. But the city, with its wonders and dangers, fascinates the 13-year-old boy, and he sets out to make the best of what it has to offer him.

First published in 1932, Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze was one of the earliest Newbery Medal winners. Although China has changed since that time, Young Fu’s experiences are universal: making friends, making mistakes, and making one’s way in the world.

14. The House of Sixty Fathers

Author: by Meindert DeJong
HarperCollins
English
208 pages

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THE HOUSE OF SIXTY FATHERSTien Pao is all alone in enemy territoy. Only a few days before, his family had escaped from the Japanese army, fleeing downriver by boat. Then came the terrible rainstorm. Tien Pao was fast asleep in the little sampan when the boat broke loose from its moorings and drifted right back to the Japanese soldiers.

With only his lucky pig for company, Tien Pao must begin a long and dangerous journey in search of his home and family. A vividly realistic story of China during the early days of the Japanese invasion [which tells of young Tien Pao’s journey to find his family].’ C.

Valuable as enrichment literature for elementary students involved in Chinese studies.’ Scholastic Teacher.

15. TARO

Author: by Blue Spruell
English
272 pages
1735729213

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Lost in the mists of Mount Fuji … But no one can escape destiny. Orphaned by a rival warlord and bewitched by a ghost, young Taro must discover his birthright and destiny as the legendary boy samurai and hero of Japan.”B.R.A.G.

Medallion Honoree” author Blue Spruell has reimagined classic Japanese folklore in this historical fantasy adventure filled with samurai swords and mythical creatures from old Japan.Banzai!

16. Empress in Disguise

Author: by Zoey Gong
B08F4F6VJZ
October 22, 2020
English

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To save her family, one girl will sacrifice her very identity. Living in poverty in the shadow of the Forbidden City, Daiyu never imagined that the life of the emperor would impact her own. But a chance meeting with a girl who looks exactly like her changes everything.

Daiyu’s family is offered enough money to support them for life if she only agrees to take the stranger’s place at the emperor’s selection for new consorts. In order to pull off the ruse, Daiyu must abandon everything she ever knew and become a completely different person, a person she despises.

And if she fails, if she is discovered, she will be guilty of treason and put to death. Daiyu cannot allow her family to suffer if it is within her power to save them, so she strikes the deadly bargain.

But living within the Forbidden City is even more dangerous than she imagined… In this incredible retelling of The Princess and the Pauper, based on true events, authors Zoey Gong and Amanda Roberts bring to life the opulent and dangerous world of imperial consorts trapped within the great red walls of the Forbidden City.