Looking for Asian Pacific American Stories

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this
May 2008, ten authors are launching FUSION STORIES, a
menu of delectable next-gen hot-off-the-press novels.

We’re looking for books that aren’t mainly immigrant
stories or traditional tales retold. They deal with
universal themes such as a straight-A teen struggling
with a cheating scandal at her school (SHE’S SO MONEY
by Cherry Cheva), a promising athlete coping with a
snowboarding injury (GIRL OVERBOARD by Justina Chen
Headley), and a Pakistani-born blogger whose father is
about to become President (FIRST DAUGHTER: WHITE HOUSE
RULES by Mitali Perkins). An Na’s THE FOLD, a novel
about a teen considering plastic surgery to change the
shape of her eyelids, speaks to all who long to be
beautiful, and art-loving teens far and wide will
connect with Joyce Lee Wong’s novel-in-verse SEEING
EMILY. Paula Yoo, a one-time writer for People
magazine and television hits like The West Wing, fuses
her pop culture savvy and love of music in GOOD
ENOUGH, a novel about a violinist in rebellion. Her
brother, David Yoo, connected with hormone-crazed
nerds of every race in his funny novel Girls For
Breakfast and is offering his fans the forthcoming
STOP ME IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE.

FUSION STORIES aims to be a helpful resource for
parents, educators, and young adults, so if you know
of a novel that (1) is for middle readers or teens,
(2) was published in 2007-2008 by a traditional
publishing house, (3) features an Asian American
protagonist, and (4) is set primarily in contemporary
America, please let us know. We’d be delighted to add
titles and authors to the site.

A press kit package (available at FUSION STORIES,
<http://www.fusionstories.com>) includes downloads,
bios of FUSION STORIES authors, information on the
books, and conversations with experts and librarians
about Asian American literature for young readers.

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