Crossing the Farak River

I picked up Crossing the Farak River by Michelle Aung Thin at my local library because I noticed the name - and then when I read the description, realized it’s set in Myanmar (or Burma). My dad has travelled there many times, so I’ve developed an interest in the country and its people. Crossing the... Continue Reading →

Heart of a Samurai

Japan in the 1800's was a mystery to the rest of the world.  The country was truly isolationists - no Japanese person who left its shores was allowed to return.  Not for any reason. Japanese rulers told their people the world outside Japan was dangerous - full of demons, barbarians and monsters.  And soon, fourteen-year-old... Continue Reading →

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin may seem an intimidating book to some readers.  It's quite thick, with 278 pages.  However, the words are large, the chapters are short and the illustrations are beautiful. Lin tells the story of Minli, a girl growing up in the shadow of the Fruitless Mountain.  Life... Continue Reading →

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