EVERY FALLING STAR by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland - 2016 Freeman Book Award Winner (High School)
Every Falling Star, A memoir of Sungju Lee, a North Korean boy who was forced at the age of twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself. Sungju tells what it was like to be separated from his parents; to be alone; to have to create a new family with his gang, his "brothers"; to be hungry every day; and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution. He transferred is taekwondo skills to street fighting. He drank. He smoked. He became a pickpocket and dropped out of school. He lost everything but the hope that he would meet his parents again. With this hope, he wished whenever he saw a falling star.
THE FAMILY by Ba Jin - Using Graphic Novel to Teach about East Asia MODERATOR: Kristin Stapleton, Associate Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York
The Family, a masterpiece of contemporary Chinese literature, narrates the story of a landlord-capitalist family in the early 1920s. There are many conflicts of ideas and attitudes in this family. They bear the hallmark of an age when old traditions and oppressive feudal authority are strongly challenged. Presented in a graphic novel, this book is a comprehensive prelude to the original classic.
- Teacher: Nancy Hope
SUCH A LOVELY LITTLE WAR: SAIGON 1961-63 and THE BEST WE COULD DO: AN ILLUSTRATED MEMOIR - Using Graphic Novels to Teach about East Asia Moderator: Prof. Kathlene Baldanza, Dept. of History, Penn State University
Such a Lovely Little War , a graphic memoir, tells the story of the early years of the Vietnam war as seen through the eyes of a young boy name Marco, the son of a Vietnamese diplomat and his French wife.
The Best We Could Do is an intimate look at one family's journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to the new lives in America. This first novel illuminates what it means to be a refugee and the trials in becoming a parent and creating a family in a new home.
MY NIGHT IN THE PLANETARIUM: A True Story about a Child, a Play, and the Act of Resistance by Innosanto Nagara - 2016 Freeman Book Award Winner (Children's Book)
- Teacher: Innosanto Nagara
After the bombs fell and shook the walls of Nanjing, the Imperial Japanese Army entered and seized the Chinese capital. Through the dust of the demolished buildings, screams echo off the rubble. Two abandoned Chinese soldiers are trapped and desperately outnumbered inside the walled city. What they'll encounter will haunt them. But in the face of horror, they'll learn that resistance and bravery cannot be destroyed by the enemy.
Ethan Young (Tails) delves into World War II's forgotten tragedy, the devastating Japanese invasion of Nanjing, and tells a heart-wrenching tale of war, loss, and defiance. Beautifully illustrated in black and white.
The Good Earth paints an indelible portrait of China in the 1920s, when the last emperoro reigned and the vast political and social upheavels of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings. Nick Bertozzi brings Buck's timeles, epic novel to life with incredible imagery and sensitivity.