Bonus Bibliography

In Search of the Real Me

Books for Independent Reading


by Allen Say
Houghton 1997 (32p)
The realization that she does not physically resemble the Caucasian couple who adopted her makes a young Korean girl wonder about her identity.


Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition
by Sally Hunter
Lerner 1996 (48p)
Russell, a twelve-year-old boy of mixed Indian and French heritage, helps his family continue the tradition of grown corn, even though they live in the city.

Two Lands, One Heart: An American Boy's Journey to His Mother's Vietnam
by Jeremy Schmidt and Ted Wood
Walker 1995 (48p)
Twenty years after she escaped war-torn Vietnam and arrived in America, TJ's mother takes him to Vietnam to meet the family he has never known and to experience his country and culture firsthand.

Betsy and the Great World
by Maud Hart Lovelace
HarperTrophy 1996 (305p) paper
This tenth book in Lovelace's popular series about Betsy and Tacy, Betsy is off on a solo tour of Europe, certain she will have lots of experiences to use in her writing.

Spirit of the Maya: A Boy Explores his People's Mysterious Past
by Guy Garcia
Walker 1995 (48p)
A Lacando'n Indian boy living in Mexico becomes curious about his ancestors, the ancient Maya, who built the pyramids of Palenque, Mexico, more than a thousand years ago.


Water Buffalo Days: Growing Up in Viet Nam
by Huynh Quang Nhuong
Harper 1997 (128p)
The author, who now lives in Missouri, tells of his youth in Vietnam, harassment by his enemies, and his best friend, a water buffalo named Tank.

Tae's Sonata
by Haemi Balgassi
Houghton 1997 (128p)
Torn between her Korean past and her American present, Taeyoung is dismayed when she has to do a school report of South Korea.

Olympic Dream
by Matt Christopher
Little 1996 (171p)
With some encouragement, fourteen-year-old Doug transforms himself from an overweight video junkie into a strong, self-confident cyclist.

Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story
by Andrea Warren
(Social Studies)
Houghton 1996 (80p)
Interspersed among chapters on the history of the orphan trains is the story of Lee Nailing, an orphan train rider in 1926 who eventually found a new home and later tried to find the siblings from whom he'd been separated.

The Cuckoo's Child
by Suzanne Freeman
Greenwillow 1996 (256p)
Mia, who wants to live just like any other American kid, gets her wish in an unexpected way when her parents, with whom she had been living in Beirut, vanish at sea, and Mia must live in Tennessee with an aunt she has never met.

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
by Karen Cushman
Clarion 1996 (208p)
Lucy unwillingly accompanies her mother from New England to a California mining camp town during the gold rush, but she is miserable and longs to return home to her grandparents and a life she loves.

Apple Is My Sign
by Mary Riskind
Houghton 1991 (160p) also paper
A ten-year-old boy returns to his parents' apple farm after his first term at a school for the deaf in Philadelphia.

by Laurence Yep
Putnam 1996 (192p)
Resentful that she must give up ballet lessons so money can be raised to bring her grandmother from China, Robin Lee learns more about herself and her family when her grandmother arrives.

Just a Family
by Tonya Bolden
Dutton 1996 (160p)
When she is ten and learns that her sister is really her half-sister, Beryl worries that family relationships will start to change.

Dipper of Copper Creek
by Jean Craighead George
Dutton 1996 (188p) also paper
In this recently reissued book, Doug travels to the mountains to learn independence and becomes fascinated by the dipper, a bird whose nest has been destroyed by a flash flood.


Belle Prater's Boy
by Ruth White
Farrar 1996 (208p)
When Belle Prater disappears from her home in Appalachia, her son Woodrow moves in with his cousin Gypsy's family and the two cousins learn from each other about how to face painful truths in their past.

Sees Behind Trees
Hyperion 1996 (128p)
A Native American boy who has vision problems wonders if he can ever do well in tribal rites, but ultimately he turns a handicap into an advantage.

Keeping Secrets: The Girlhood Diaries of Seven Women Writers
by Mary E. Lyons
Holt 1995 (180p)
The diary entries of several writers, such as Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, and Ida Wells-Barnett, reveal their search for identity.

Now Out of Print

My Name Is San Ho
by Jayne Pettit

Hazel Rye
by Vera and Bill Cleaver

Rabbit Ears
by Alfred Slote

Now Available in Paperback

The Cuckoo's Child
by Suzanne Freeman

Vinegar Pancakes and Vanishing Cream
by Bonnie Pryor
Beech Tree

Maizon at Blue Hill
by Jacqueline Woodson

The World of Daughter McGuire
by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Taking Sides
by Gary Soto

The Mozart Season
Virginia Euwer Wolff

A Fortunate Name
by Margaret Mahy

The Sunita Experiment
by Mitali Perkins

Now Available in Spanish

Anne of Green Gables (Ana, la de tejas verdes)
by L. M. Montgomery

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