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Chapter Books (J Fiction) --- Grades 3-8

A BEAUTIFUL LIE

A BEAUTIFUL LIE
by Master, Irfan
J FICTION MAS
In the days leading up to the partition of India in 1947, thirteen-year-old Bilal devises an elaborate scheme to keep his dying father from hearing the news about the country's division.

A SINGLE SHARD

A SINGLE SHARD
by Park, Linda Sue
J FICTION PAR
Tree-ear, a 13th-year-old orphan in medieval (1100's) Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
Newbery Award Winner 2002.

ANASTASIA: THE LAST GRAND DUCHESS

ANASTASIA: THE LAST GRAND DUCHESS
Series Title: Royal Diaries
by Meyer, Carolyn
J FICTION MEY
A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.

BEAUTIFUL WARRIOR: THE LEGEND OF THE NUN'S KUNG FU

BEAUTIFUL WARRIOR: THE LEGEND OF THE NUN'S KUNG FU
by McCully, Emily Arnold
J FICTION MCC
Tells the story of two unlikely kung fu masters and how their skill in martial arts saves them both.

BLUE FINGERS: A NINJA'S TALE

BLUE FINGERS: A NINJA'S TALE
by Whitesel, Cheryl
J FICTION WHI
In Japan, in 1545, having failed apprenticeship as a dye maker, Koji is captured and forced to train as a ninja, where he remains disloyal until he discovers samurai have burned his former village.

BOY AND THE SAMURAI

BOY AND THE SAMURAI
by Haugaard, Eric
J FICTION HAU
Having grown up as an orphan of the streets while 16th-century Japan is being ravaged by civil war, Saru seeks to help a samurai rescue his wife from imprisonment by a warlord so they can all flee to a more peaceful life.

BRONZE AND SUNFLOWER

BRONZE AND SUNFLOWER
by Cao, Wenxuan
J FICTION CAO
Taken in by a poor family in a rural village after the death of her father, Sunflower bonds with the family's only child, Bronze, who has not spoken since being traumatized by a terrible fire.

DEMON IN THE TEAHOUSE

DEMON IN THE TEAHOUSE
Series Title: Samurai Mystery #2
by Hoobler, Dorothy
J FICTION HOO
In 18th-century Japan, 14-year-old Seikei, a merchant's son in training to be a samurai, helps his patron investigate a series of murders and arson in the capital city of Edo, each of which is associated in some way with a popular geisha.

EDUCATION OF PATIENCE GOODSPEED

EDUCATION OF PATIENCE GOODSPEED
by Frederick, Heather
J FICTION FRE
Acting as her father's assistant navigator on a high-sea adventure in 1836, Patience is discouraged when all the women and children are forced to go ashore as the ship heads into more dangerous waters, forcing Patience to enter a boarding school in Hawaii while learning to adjust to her new surroundings on her own.
Sequel to VOYAGE OF PATIENCE GOODSPEED

GHOST IN THE TOKAIDO INN

GHOST IN THE TOKAIDO INN
Series Title: Samurai Mystery #1
by Hoobler, Dorothy
J FICTION HOO
While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in 18th-century Japan.

HOMESICK, MY OWN STORY

HOMESICK, MY OWN STORY
by Fritz, Jean
J FICTION FRI
The author's fictionalized version, though all the events are true, of her childhood in China in the 1920's.

I RODE A HORSE OF MILK  WHITE JADE

I RODE A HORSE OF MILK WHITE JADE
by Wilson, Diane
J FICTION WIL
Oyuna tells her granddaughter the story of how love for her horse enabled her to win a race and bring good luck to her family living in Mongolia in 1285.

IN DARKNESS, DEATH

IN DARKNESS, DEATH
Series Title: Samurai Mystery #3
by Hoobler, Dorothy
J FICTION HOO
In 18th-century Japan, young Seikei becomes involved with a ninja as he helps Judge Ooka, his foster father, investigate the murder of a samurai.

JAHANARA: Princess of Princesses

JAHANARA: Princess of Princesses
Series Title: Royal Diaries
by Lasky, Kathryn
J FICTION LAS
Beginning in 1627, Princess Jahanara, first daughter of Shah Jahan of India's Mogul Dynasty, writes in her diary about political intrigues, weddings, battles, and other experiences of her life.

KAIULANI: THE PEOPLE'S PRINCESS

KAIULANI: THE PEOPLE'S PRINCESS
by White, Ellen Emerson
J FICTION WHI
Follows the life of Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn from 1889 to 1893 as she studies to be a better princess, even as Hawaii's monarchy, and her throne, are being undermined by American businessmen.

KAZUNOMIYA: PRISONER OF HEAVEN

KAZUNOMIYA: PRISONER OF HEAVEN
Series Title: Royal Diaries
by Lasky, Kathryn
J FICTION LAS
Princess Kazunomiya, half-sister of the Emperor of Japan, relates in her diary and in poems the confusing events occurring in the Imperial Palace in 1858, including political and romantic intrigue.

KITE FIGHTERS

KITE FIGHTERS
by Park, Linda Sue
J FICTION PAR
In Korea in 1473, 11-year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born son receives special treatment from their father, and combines his kite-flying skill with Kee-sup's kite-making skill in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition.

LADY OF CH'IAO KUO: WARRIOR OF THE SOUTH

LADY OF CH'IAO KUO: WARRIOR OF THE SOUTH
Series Title: Royal Diaries
by Yep, Laurence
J FICTION YEP
In 531 A.D., a 15-year-old princess of the Hsien tribe in southern China keeps a diary which describes her role as liaison between her own people and the local Chinese colonists, in times of both peace and war.

NEELA, VICTORY SONG

NEELA, VICTORY SONG
Series Title: Girls of Many Lands
by Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
J FICTION DIV
In India in 1939, 12-year-old Neela meets a young freedom fighter at her sister's wedding and soon after must rely on his help when her father fails to return home from a march in Calcutta against British occupation.

NEVER FALL DOWN: A NOVEL

NEVER FALL DOWN: A NOVEL
by McCormick, Patricia
J FICTION MCC
Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.

OLD MAN MAD ABOUT DRAWING: A TALE OF HOKUSAI

OLD MAN MAD ABOUT DRAWING: A TALE OF HOKUSAI
by Place, Fracois
J FICTION PLA
In the 1800's, Tojiro, a young seller of rice cakes in the Japanese capital of Edo, later known as Tokyo, is amazed to discover that the grumpy and shabby old man who buys his cakes is a famous artist renowned for his sketches, prints, and paintings of flowers, animals, and landscapes.

SAMURAI'S TALE

SAMURAI'S TALE
by Haugaard, Eric
J FICTION HAU
In turbulent 16th-century Japan, orphaned Taro is taken in by a general serving the great warlord Takeda Shingen and grows up to become a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead family.

SEESAW GIRL

SEESAW GIRL
by Park, Linda Sue
J FICTION PAR
Impatient with the constraints put on her as an aristocratic girl living in Korea during the 1600's, 12-year-old Jade Blossom determines to see beyond her small world.

SHANGHAI ESCAPE

SHANGHAI ESCAPE
by Kacer, Kathy
J FICTION KAC
Lily Toufar and her family arrive in Shanghai in 1938, having fled from Vienna on the eve of Kristallnacht. Shanghai is a strange place for this bright young girl. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and under pressure from Hitler, the Japanese government in Shanghai has ordered Jewish refugees to move into a ghetto in an area of Shanghai called Hongkew. There is little food to eat and poor sanitation, and disease is rampant. For Lily, life becomes grueling after her family is forced into the ghetto. Lily endures the difficult conditions, always hopeful for an end to the war and a return to normal life.

SIGN OF THE CHRYSANTHEMUM

SIGN OF THE CHRYSANTHEMUM
by Paterson, Katherine
J FICTION PAT
In Japan in the 1100's, a teen-ager comes to know himself through contacts with social ills and political unrest while searching for his father in Japan's capital.

SONDOK: PRINCESS OF THE MOON AND STARS

SONDOK: PRINCESS OF THE MOON AND STARS
Series Title: Royal Diaries
by Holman, Sheri
J FICTION HOL
In a series of messages placed in her grandmother's ancestral jar, a 7th century princess and future ruler of the Korean kingdom of Silla vents her frustration at not being permitted to study astronomy because she is a girl.

THE BAMBOO SWORD

THE BAMBOO SWORD
by Preus, Margi
J FICTION PRE
In Japan in 1853, at the time of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry's visit to Japan, Yoshi, a young Japanese boy who dreams of becoming a samurai one day, learns about America from Majiro and has adventures with Jack, a young cabin boy aboard one of the U.S. ships. Includes historical notes and glossary.

THE DRAGON'S CHILD: A STORY OF ANGEL ISLAND

THE DRAGON'S CHILD: A STORY OF ANGEL ISLAND
by Yep, Laurence
J FICTION YEP
In 1922, ten-year-old Gim Lew reluctantly leaves his village in China to accompany his father to America, but before they go he must prepare for a grueling test that he must pass--without stuttering--at California's Angel Island, where strict officials strive to keep out unwanted immigrants. Includes facts about immigration from China and the experiences of the author's family.

THE KITE RIDER

THE KITE RIDER
by McCaughrean, Geraldine
J FICTION MCC
In 13th-century China, after trying to save his widowed from a horrendous 2nd marriage, 12-year-old Haoyou has life-changing adventures when he takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.

THE MASTER PUPPETEER

THE MASTER PUPPETEER
by Paterson, Katherine
J FICTION PAT
A 13-year-old boy describes the poverty and discontent of 18th century Osaka and the world of puppeteers in which he lives.

THE SWORD THAT CUT THE BURNING GRASS

THE SWORD THAT CUT THE BURNING GRASS
Series Title: Samurai Mystery
by Hoobler, Dorothy
J Fiction
In his latest adventure in 18th-century Japan, 14-year-old samurai apprentice Seikei, with the help of a servant girl and an imperious old man, sets out to rescue the young Emperor Yasuhito from his kidnappers.

 

Books for Teens (YA Fiction)

CLIMBING THE STAIRS

CLIMBING THE STAIRS
by Venkatraman, Padma
YA FICTION VEN
In India, in 1941, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, 15-year-old Vidya and her family are forced to move in with her father's extended family and become accustomed to a totally different way of life.

FLAME IN THE MIST

FLAME IN THE MIST
by Ahdieh, Renee
YA FICTION AHD
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place--she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands.