DO IT, BUY THE BOOK - May, Challenge Two Recommendations

Article by Fay Clark

Here we go again! Another lot of cool book recommendations for the May reading challenges. Come visit me over on our Instagram account @FANuniverses and tell be about what you are reading!

CHALLENGE TWO - READ A BOOK BY AN ASIAN AUTHOR. 

Recommendation 1 - Front Desk by Kelly Yang. This is a middle-grade contemporary novel that everyone should be reading. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants that her parents hide and the guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams of becoming a writer?

Recommendation 2 - Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. This is a Fantasy novel. Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honours they could hope for...and the most demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire. Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people. She lives in a remote village, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after, the girl with the golden eyes whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king's interest.

Recommendation 3 - Superman smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang. This is a graphic novel. The year is 1946, and the Lee family has moved from Chinatown to Downtown Metropolis. While Dr. Lee is eager to begin his new position at the Metropolis Health Department, his two kids, Roberta and Tommy, are more excited about being closer to the famous superhero Superman! While the Lees try to adjust to their new lives, an evil is stirring in Metropolis; the Ku Klux Klan. Can Superman stop them and save the day?

Recommendation 4 - Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi. This is a middle-grade Fantasy novel. Based off of Hindu Mythology, following a twelve year old girl called Aru Shah. She finds out she is a reincarnation of of one of the five Pandava brothers and essentially has to fix what she accidently broke, when she touched something she shouldn't have.

Recommendation 5 - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. This is an adult contemporary novel. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.

I actually have a lot more that I want to tell people about, but I thought I'd just stick to a few so I don't overwhelm everyone!! Hope you all enjoy these recommendations, I would love to hear if you choose any to complete your challenge and what you thought about them!

Book Queen Out!

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