China

The House of Sixty Fathers

By Meindert De Jong, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

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Young Tien Pao is alone on his parents' boat when it breaks free of its moorings and plunges down river into Japanese occupied territory. Bravely, he starts the long journey back to his village. The boy and his pet pig, Glory of the Republic, meet sixty American pilots stationed in China during World War II who care for him. Based on a true story.

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Tiger

By Jeff Stone

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Five young warrior-monk brothers survive an insurrection and must use the ancient arts to avenge their Grandmaster.

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The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption

By Jean Davies Okimoto, Elaine M. Aoki and Meilo So (illustrator)

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Four very different kinds of families are followed as they travel to China to pick up their adopted daughters. Perfect detail in both text and art allows readers to share the families' excitement and the bond formed on their journey.

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Ruby Lu, Brave and True

By Lenore Look and Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)

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Ruby Lu, not quite eight years old, is enthusiastic about almost everything. In the snappy short chapters of this contemporary story, she performs magic tricks, learns to enjoy Saturday Chinese school, and worries about a visit from a cousin in China.

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A Gift and a Sacrifice

The Fated Sky

by Henrietta Branford

There was a dragon in the sky the night the stranger came to Smolsund farm. A girl named Ran saw it and feared it. She clutched the tiny silver hammer, a talisman for Thor's protection. Amma, her father's mother, had placed it around her neck. She knew that her grandmother was worried for her.

On the Reading Road with Gloria Whelan

Her books take readers to Michigan's deep woods, the dusty streets of India, Chinese fishing boats, and on an Alaskan dog sled trail. And those are only the stories set in today's world.

She has also written books set in revolutionary Russia, on the 1880s American frontier, 1918 British East Africa, and along the Underground Railroad. All of these journeys she writes for us begin with another story--a true one--of a little girl who was very sick.

The Major Dynasties of China: Part 2

The 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing, the capital of China. While China has been in the news recently and people are aware of some current events occurring in the country, not many realize that China has a long and complicated history full of changing dynasties. To mark the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this second article of two will introduce people to the dynasties that mark the last 729 years of Chinese civilization.

Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368)

The Major Dynasties of China: Part 1

By Christie Hoerneman, CRRL Staff

The 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing, the capital of China. While China has been in the news recently and people are aware of some current events occurring in the county, not many realize that China has a long and complicated history full of changing dynasties. To mark the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this first article of two introduces readers to the dynasties that mark the first 2800 years of Chinese civilization.

Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1050 BC)