If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a big, big fan of multicultural fiction. Not only do I get to learn about new cultures, civilizations, but I get to ‘travel’ to new places. Very cool.
I tend to be bias to Asian fiction, but you can’t blame me after living in Asia for 10 years! I was thinking about some of my favorites, while at the same time looking for new stuff that you might have found. So here’s a quick list of good reads, but please add others that you know of in the comments section. I'm always on the hunt for book recommendations!
Here’s some of my top reads that I’ve taken some liberty categorizing.
Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (YA)- set in Japan
Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson (MG)- set in China
Adventure Focused Historicals
Sisters of the Sword- by Maya Snow (MG)- set in Japan
The Ancestor Series- by Jeff Stone (MG)- set in China
Modern Day Fiction
Sea by Heidi Kling (YA)- set in Indonesia (haven’t read this one, but it’s on my to-read list)
Archer’s Quest by Linda Sue Park (MG)- set in the US, but with a character from ancient Korea
Note: The first two pictures were taken in Kyoto, Japan and the last three were taken in China. And I'd like to add, don't be fooled by the impression of peace and tranquility you might feel at looking at the pictures of the Golden Pagoda.
My two boys were very, VERY busy creating havoc by climbing rocks and throwing pebbles into the pond, disrupting the perfect reflection. So while most remember this beautiful setting with serenity, I only remember chasing two little boys and repeatedly apologizing to tourists.