Reading Riot: Travel in Books
This summer at the library, Reading Takes You Everywhere with exciting events that celebrate world cultures and also in books! Here are our recommendations for books about young adults from different countries and customs.
American Panda by Gloria Chao
This is a laugh-out-loud contemporary story about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her germophobia and her crush on a Japanese classmate.
Solo by Kwame Alexander
Blade would give anything not to be the son of washed-up rock star Rutherford Morrison but the one thing they have in common is music. To find himself, Blade travels to Africa to uncover a long-held family secret.
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
A sweeping story that follows three generations of Indian American women, their first loves, friendships and sisterhood while they face challenges in their inherited new culture.
For the complete list, check out Around the World, a book list for teens of novels set in various countries, or pick up the “Around the World” bookmark at your local library.
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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