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Loriene Roy's Asian-Pacific American Book Picks

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The Bee Tree by Stephen Buchman and Diana Cohn; illustrated by Paul Mirocha. Nizam lives in a village near the Malaysian rain forest. His life takes a magical turn when his grandfather chooses him to be the leader of the honey hunting clan. The Bee Tree follows Nizam as he discovers the traditions of his ancestors.

A Song for Cambodia by Michelle Lord; illustrated by Shino Arihara. Arn Chorn-Pond is a young boy living in Cambodia in the 1970's, a time of great turmoil and violence in the Southeast Asian country. Arn struggles to take care of himself and find his family after his village is brutally invaded by the Khmer Rouge.

Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku by Ellie Crowe; illustrated by Richard Waldrep This illustrated biography celebrates the success of Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, who helped introduce surfing to the world. Crowe and Waldrep bring to life Kahanamoku's greatest victories and how he overcame racial discrimination.

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera Kahu is the center of this dramatic story - later made into an award-winning movie - centered in the ancient Maori culture of New Zealand. Kahu, a young girl who's birth is auspicious, learns to embrace a unique role in her family's tribe.