Asia related reading list (Years 5-10)
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Asia-related fiction. Some are suitable for Year 5-8 students. Others are suitable for Year 9 students and older. Descriptions are taken from Goodreads and personal reviews.
Based on a true story. -Summary: Singing and dancing across a hundred stages as members of a troupe of Australian child performers, Poesy and Tilly travel by steam train into the heart of India. But as one disaster follows another, money runs short and tempers fray. What must the girls do to protect themselves and how many lives will be ruined if they try to break free?

Madras A troupe of child performers are stranded, having staged a strike against their manager. Their fate now depends on the outcome of a court case, and an alliance with gentlemen of the British Raj. Based on a true story,.

Lomer has written a thoughtful novel that explores the cultural differences between Australian and Japan. Her personal experience of living in Japan and teaching English has given her an in depth understanding of what it is like to live in another country. She also has the ability to describe differences in language usage in a very humorous way.

Lomer has written a thoughtful novel that explores the cultural differences between Australian and Japan. Her personal experience of living in Japan and teaching English has given her an in depth understanding of what it is like to live in another country. She also has the ability to describe differences in language usage in a very humorous way.

When Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse, and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station, Jade Moon is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed.

Fire Horse Girl - When Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse, and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station, Jade Moon is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed.

A stunningly inventive, deeply moving fiction debut: stories that take us from the slums of Colombia to the streets of Tehran; from New York City to Iowa City; from a tiny fishing village in Australia to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea, in a masterly display of literary virtuosity and feeling.

A stunningly inventive, deeply moving fiction debut: stories that take us from the slums of Colombia to the streets of Tehran; from New York City to Iowa City; from a tiny fishing village in Australia to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea, in a masterly display of literary virtuosity and feeling.

Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan - his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior. And so his training begins.

Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan - his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior.

This book tells the story of a 14 year old boy at the outbreak of the war of independence in East Timor in 1975. The story moves slowly, reflecting the mood of the people who are waiting in anticipation of escalating fighting which will inevitably reach their town. Jose lives his life in the security of a loving family, but with the knowledge that they are powerless against the war. Jose learns the meaning of courage from his uncle and his fighting cock, no-name bird.

Jose Rodrigus was fourteen years old when the Indonesians came. This is his moving and extraordinary story. It is the story of his unusual relationship with Uncle Adolfo and the fighting bird they train.

This is a heart-warming tale about a girl called Rumi Vasi who is looking for more in life. She is from an Indian family who has moved to Great Britain. Rumi is different to other kids of her age as has a gift, a gift for numbers. They're like magic to her. At fourteen, Rumi is being lead steadily towards Oxford University. This story involves harsh discipline, the meaning of family, racism and a girl trying to find herself.

This is a heart-warming tale about a girl called Rumi Vasi who is looking for more in life. She is from an Indian family who has moved to Great Britain. Rumi is different to other kids of her age as has a gift, a gift for numbers. They're like magic to her. At fourteen, Rumi is being lead steadily towards Oxford University. This story involves harsh discipline, the meaning of family, racism and a girl trying to find herself.

Set in New Guinea around the time of independence. Julie has grown up not knowing her father. When she comes to stay with him one long summer, she learns to appreciate not only her long-lost father and his love of flying, but also New Guinea itself and the people she meets.

New Guinea Moon: Julie has grown up not knowing her father. When she comes to stay with him one long summer, she learns to appreciate not only her long-lost father and his love of flying, but also New Guinea itself and the people she meets.

Melbourne, 1943, and Mirabel is seventeen. She's leaving school, designing dresses, falling in love. Then fate intervenes, her forbidden affair is discovered, and JJ is posted back to China where a civil war is raging. Despite all warnings, Mirabel sets off for Shanghai to find him...Little Paradise is inspired by a true story.

Melbourne, 1943, and Mirabel is seventeen. She's leaving school, designing dresses, falling in love. Then fate intervenes, her forbidden affair is discovered, and JJ is posted back to China where a civil war is raging. Despite all warnings, Mirabel sets off for Shanghai to find him...Little Paradise is inspired by a true story.

This is a fascinating story set in a time similar to ancient China in a world of magic and dragons. Eon is a 12 year old cripple who has been selected to try out to be a Dragon Eye, - a magical position only given to one boy every year. The Dragon Eye is selected by one of the 12 dragons from the Chinese astrology. But Eon has a dangerous secret, he is actually Eona, a 16-year-old girl, who if found out will die unmercifully. . This book is full of danger, adventure and intrigue.

Set in ancient China, this tale is based on the ancient lore of Chinese astrology and Feng Shui. The protagonist, a girl dressed as a male, is called Eon and is training to be a Dragoneye.

This is Alice Pung's memoir of growing up in Footscray, the daughter of Chinese-Cambodian refugees. She writes so we share her humour as well as understand the reasons behind her family's view of their new Australian life. . Readers will enjoy how Alice reveals the extent to which Australia both gives and receives through migration.

Unpolished Gem This story does not begin on a boat. Nor does it contain any wild swans or falling leaves. In a wonderland called Footscray, a girl named Alice and her Chinese-Cambodian family pursue the Australian Dream - Asian style.

This is the English translation for Feng Shui exploring the theory behind Feng Shui and its influence on four generations of women. Set in Singapore from its birth as a nation in the 19th century through World War II and beyond, this is a novel rich in detail.

This is the English translation for Feng Shui exploring the theory behind Feng Shui and its influence on four generations of women. Set in Singapore from its birth as a nation in the century through World War II and beyond, this is a novel rich in detail.

Vietnam, street kids and one family restaurant. An Australian family visit their family in 'Nam' and help boost business

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It's 1919 and Amritsar is a city on the brink of rebellion. Riots, violence and tension spill onto the streets . . .An epic story of love and life, war and death from multi-award-winning author Bali Rai.

It's 1919 and Amritsar is a city on the brink of rebellion. Riots, violence and tension spill onto the streets .An epic story of love and life, war and death from multi-award-winning author Bali Rai.

Set around the time of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and inspired by the author's time spent in China as a teenager, Chenxi and the Foreigner crackles with emotion, ideas and authenticity

Set around the time of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and inspired by the author's time spent in China as a teenager, Chenxi and the Foreigner crackles with emotion, ideas and authenticity

1945 was a hard time to be a child in Japan. Many had seen their cities destroyed by US bombers. Food, fuel and materials were in short supply. Yet spirits remained high. In April 1945, Yoko Moriwaki started high school in Hiroshima, excited to be a prestigious 'Kenjo' girl, and full of duty towards her parents, school and country. But the country was falling apart and in four months time her city would become the target for the first atomic bomb ever used as a weapon.

1945 was a hard time to be a child in Japan. Many had seen their cities destroyed by US bombers. Food, fuel and materials were in short supply. Yet spirits remained high. In April Yoko Moriwaki started high school in Hiroshima, excited to be a prest

Imagine you're made king at the age of twelve. You have plenty of enemies. You have a million soldiers armed with all kinds of awesome weapons; you have tons of gold and a network of spies. What would you do with all that power? It happened to a real boy, who made himself China's first emperor. He was brilliant and brutal. His legend, and the stories of his wicked warriors, have lived on for thousands of years.

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fourteen year old girl called Ko-Chin is married off in an arranged marriage. She's been taught to obey her husband and be a good and dutiful wife. But her husband is a reformer who believes she should think for herself. Soon they are both caught up in a rebellion, and Ko-Chin has to decide between her old traditions and the new western ways.

fourteen year old girl called Ko-Chin is married off in an arranged marriage. She's been taught to obey her husband and be a good and dutiful wife. But her husband is a reformer who believes she should think for herself. Soon they are both caught up in a rebellion, and Ko-Chin has to decide between her old traditions and the new western ways.

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