Fantasy books featuring Asian Characters

By Lisa Heller

Check out this month’s booklist, which features children’s books of all Interest Levels that have an Asian main character or characters. There are many stories to choose from and no matter if you’re into adventure and disguise books, something more family or romance focused, magic, saving the world trials or the mysteries of tigers, dragons and animal spirits, there will be something for you in this list. They all celebrate and explore Asian culture in their own way. 

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Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang, illustrated by Charlene Chua
LY | Quiz # 242551 | BL 2.6 | Simon & Schuster Children’s 
When her teacher asks everyone to make their own dragons, Amy has to find a way to make her dragon truly hers. 

Mike Falls Up by Candy Goulay, illustrated by Carles Ballestero
LY | Quiz # 242335 | BL 2.8 | Little Tiger Press
Mike goes on a topsy-turvy adventure after an invitation flies out of a hole in the ground.

Kaya’s Heart Song by Diwa Tharan Sanders, illustrated by Nerina Canzi
LY | Quiz # 241251 | BL 2.8 | Lantana Publishing
Kaya is looking for her heart song–the song that happy hearts sing. Her search takes her on a journey deep into the jungle where a broken carousel waits for a very special song to make it turn again.


Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi
MY | Quiz # 240615 | BL 5.3 | Scholastic Children’s Books

Aru Shah and her friends, including Kara, who claims to be the Sleeper’s daughter, must complete three trials in Lanka, the city of gold, to win two powerful weapons, before the Sleeper’s army attacks and war breaks out. Fourth book in the Pandava series.

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
MY | Quiz # 241243 | BL 4.1 | Random House

When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily meets a tiger and makes a deal with her to heal Halmoni.

Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori M. Lee 
MY | Quiz # 242291 | BL 5.3 | Disney Press

Pahua Moua has a bit of a reputation for being a weirdo. A lonely eleven-year-old Hmong girl with the unique ability to see spirits, she spends her summer days babysitting her little brother and playing with her best friend, a cat spirit.

A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby
MY | Quiz # 237765 | BL 4.7 | Egmont Children’s Books Ltd
When Safiya’s mum falls ill, Safiya finds she is able to visit her mum’s childhood memories to help make sense of her own life.

Dragon Mountain by Katie & Kevin Tsang
MY | Quiz # 239166 | BL 4.8 | Simon & Schuster Children’s 
When Billy Chan is sent to Camp Dragon he thinks he will have a boring summer away from his friends in California. Little does he know that he is about to join a quest to save the human and dragon worlds. This is the first book in the Dragon Realm series.

Little Badman and the Time-Travelling Teacher of Doom by Humza Arshad
MY+ | Quiz # 239156 | BL 4.5 | Puffin
When spy-in-training Humza Khan and his best friend Umer are sent to the world’s worst summer school in Pakistan, they soon learn that one of their teachers is more than they appear. The co-author is Henry White. The plot contains profanities. Book #2

Reflection: A Twisted Tale by Elizabeth Lim
MY+ | Quiz # 236211 | BL 4.8 | Autumn Publishing
When Captain Shang is mortally wounded by Shan-Yu in battle, Mulan must travel to the Underworld, Diyu, in order to save him from certain death. The story contains graphic violence.



A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
UY | Quiz # 240786 | BL 5.1 | St Martin’s Press
Gauri, a fierce warrior princess captured by her kingdom’s enemies, avoids execution by agreeing to partner with Vikram, the Fox Prince, in a mystical tournament in which the winners will receive their heart’s desire. Sequel of The Star-Touched Queen.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
UY | Quiz # 239005 | BL 5.5 | Farrar, Straus, Giroux

In a world inspired by ancient Arabia, seventeen-year-old huntress Zafira must disguise herself as a man to seek a lost artefact that could return magic to her cursed world.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
UY | Quiz # 240785 | BL 5.1 | St Martin’s Press 
Sixteen-year-old Maya’s arranged marriage turns out much better than she expected, but her husband’s magic and her curiosity may threaten more than her life.


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Posted on 1 August 2022 at 4:46 pm
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