Asian Culture

Charming as a Verb

Okay, let me start with a disclaimer that Ben Philippe is currently my very favorite YA author. Yes, I wish he didn’t sometimes use religious profanity and occasional slang that undoubtedly gives offense to some readers, but he is spot-on… Read More ›

Dragon Hoops

Award-winning comics artist and graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang spent seventeen years teaching at Bishop O’Dowd High School in California. Near the end of his tenure there, as he was casting about for the topic of his next book, he… Read More ›

Patron Saints of Nothing

Right before his last Spring Break before graduating from high school, seventeen-year-old Jay learns that his Filipino cousin Jun is dead, apparently killed as an addict and drug dealer in President Duterte’s war on drugs. Jun’s father, a regional police… Read More ›

Within These Lines

Evalina is a high school senior living in San Francisco, California in a loving Italian-American family whose mafia roots are in Chicago.  She helps with the family restaurant, has friends, is headed to university, and–most importantly for the story–is in love… Read More ›

Fresh Ink

This book is an anthology of twelve stories by assorted YA authors.  (I say stories, but to me they read more like vignettes.)  The collection is designed to bring together diverse characters underrepresented in mainstream YA literature.  We’ve got your… Read More ›