What are the best Asian-American fiction books for teens?

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    Kira-Kira is a young adult fiction book written by Cynthia Kadohata. It tells the story of Katie and Lynn who are sisters, as they try to see the world and life still beautiful despite facing challenges in life.


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    #2The Fold

    The Fold

    The Fold is a young adult fiction novel written by An Na. It tells the story of an Asian girl named Joyce as she receives an offer for an eye surgery that will make her eyes look more "American".


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    Timothy White
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "A good books to read to teens from the perspective of an asian teenager who is battling the standards of beauty. Whether one was ofAasian heritage or not, there are a lot of common struggles and themes that any teenager in a beauty driven world could relate to. Would recommend as a must read for any teenage girl."
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    #3A Step From Heaven

    A Step From Heaven

    A Step from Heaven is a young adult realistic fiction novel written by An Na. It follows the story of a 4-year-old girl Young Ju as she and her family move to America.


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    Amit Tata
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Very beautiful book with lots of awesome prose. I'm not Asian myself but I got this for my sister's half Asian kids and they loved it. They said there was just so much in it that they related with, that it was one of the first times a book really spoke to their ancestral identity."
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    #4Born Confused

    Born Confused
    Born Confused is the first book in the Born Confused series. It is written by Tanuja Desai Hidier. This young adult fiction novel is about an Indian girl who tries to learn her own culture and find her place in the country she lives in.

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    Gerardo Chávez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is an interesting book, even for the non-teenager. There are some more mature themes, but I think the main character, Dimple, is very relateable. Everyone will be able to find something about her that they can connect to their own teenage years."
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    #5Girl in Translation

    Girl in Translation
    Girl in Translation is a young adult historical fiction novel written by Jean Kwok. It tells the story of immigrants and their experiences in order to succeed and fulfill their duty for their own lives and for their family.


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    Esteban Osorio
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Girl in Translation is one of the best Asian-American fiction books for teens. It shares the struggles of an immigrant coming to a new country and the issues they face. If you are an Asian immigrant you will like this book but also it is good for teens of all ages."
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    Weedflower is Cynthia Kadohata's novel about Sumiko, a Japanese American accused of espionage and was sent to an internment camp in World War II, and her rocky friendship with a Mohave boy who hates seeing the camp built on his people's land.


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    Pamela Pena
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book! It is well written, engaging, and very well researched. I found myself relating to the characters in the novel which is a sign of good writing. This book is more for young people but I enjoyed it myself. The book centers around the Japanese internment camps and the research done to get the story right is impeccable. Overall it's eyeopening and truly humanizing. "
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    #7Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is Jamie Ford's novel about Henry, a Chinese American boy who met Keiko, a Japanese American girl who later was sent to an internment camp along with her family.


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    Kathryn Woods
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book is great for Asian American teens. It is totally relatable and not stereotypical like so many other books in this genre."
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    #8American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese: A book that shows how it is to live as a Chinese-American. There are three characters who represents the different kinds of Chinese-Americans. It shows the characters' journey in life.


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    Andrea Freeman
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "My teenager read this for a school project. He enjoyed the book."
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    #9North of Beautiful

    North of Beautiful

    North of Beautiful is a romance novel written by Justina Chen Headley that tells the story of Terra. She is beautiful, famous, and everything a girl wants to be, but she is not happy because she feels manipulated by her fame.


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    Lin Hou
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This was an intriguing novel. The main character had an interesting background."
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    #10The Accidental Cheerleader (Candy Apple #1)

    The Accidental Cheerleader (Candy Apple #1)
    The Accidental Cheerleader (Candy Apple #1) is a book written by Mimi McCoy. The Accidental Cheerleader (Candy Apple #1) was published on January 1, 2007 by Scholastic.

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    William Estrada
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "When Scholastic publishes a book in a time where everyone (literally) can write, publish and print a book, it must be good. The Accidental Cheerleader is no exception. It's well-written for such a short book (176 pages) and it's great for diversity in that the main character is Asian."
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    #11Silk Umbrellas

    Silk Umbrellas

    Silk Umbrellas is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Carolyn Marsden which centers on sisters Noi and Kun Ya from Thailand who must start working at a local radio factory to support their family. 


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    Ronald Hopkins
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "story of childhood, struggle, labor and talents told through the lives of young woman in Thailand. Get inspired and enjoy the story of this historical fiction "


Best What are the best Asian-American fiction books for teens
1Kira-KiraBooks 40 Paid
2The FoldBooks 34 Paid
3A Step From HeavenBooks 32 Paid
4Born ConfusedBooks 30 Paid
5Girl in TranslationBooks 28 Paid
6WeedflowerBooks 25 Paid
7Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetBooks 14 Paid
8American Born ChineseBooks 9 Paid
9North of BeautifulBooks 4 Paid
10The Accidental Cheerleader (Candy Apple #1) Books 0 Paid

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