By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters Written by Margaret Dilloway, illustrated by Choong Yoon Disney Hyperion, 2016 Xander Miyamoto is not exactly what you’d call hero material. Athletics are not his strength and at 12, all the sixth-grader wants to do is draw comics and create computer […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Heroine Worship By Sarah Kuhn DAW Books Inc., 2017 Aveda Jupiter (also known as Annie Chang) had been the one to protect San Francisco from demons for a long time. But after being sidelined by an injury and watching her best friend and former assistant Evie Tanaka take her […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Starry River of the Sky” By Grace Lin Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012 The moon has gone missing, but the only person in the remote Village of Clear Sky who has seemed to notice is its newest resident, a young boy named Rendi. A runaway who now […]
Paul Hiroshima had it all. He was charming and good looking, known for his artistic talents and a great dancer.
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Metropolitans By Carol Goodman Viking Books for Young Readers, 2017 Meet Kiku, Madge, Joe, and Walt, four 13-year-olds who find themselves at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City when Japan bombs Pearl Harbor and pulls the United States into World War II. As everyone tries […]
When Thai police detectives Sonchai Jitpleecheep and Pichai Apiradee are given orders to follow U.S. Marine Sergeant William Bradley around Bangkok, they are not told why.
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Elementary: Blood and Ink By Adam Christopher Titan Books, 2016 Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson are back in this second installment of Adam Christopher’s novelization of CBS’s TV series “Elementary.” This time, they are investigating the death of a CFO of a secretive hedge fund who had been stabbed […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Keiko’s Journey By Kay Hirai Chin Music Press, 2015 Kay Hirai was still a young child when World War II broke out in Japan. Her mother, an American citizen, had traveled back to Japan to care for her aging uncle, but they became trapped and struggled under the harsh […]
When she was 13, Yeonmi Park and her mother were smuggled across the Yalu River from their North Korean border village to China.
Christmas may be over but the gift of books and reading (at least, in my opinion) is forever.