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Thanks to those who responded. Here is what I got. The query is at the

Try Kim/Kimi by Hadley Irwin.  Japanese American/Caucasian teen living
with Caucasian mother.  Doesn't remember Japanese American father who is
now deceased, but very curious about that side of her heritage. She runs
away to find her JA relatives.  She does, and has a lot questions
answered, learns about injustice, but isn't totally accepted by the JA
side of the family.  Good book.

Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez
from Amazon:
MILLY KAUFMAN IS an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont-until
she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school. His exotic accent,
strange fashion sense, and intense interest in Milly force her to
confront her identity as an adopted child from Pablo's native country.
As their relationship grows, Milly decides to undertake a courageous
journey to her homeland and along the way discovers the story of her
birth is intertwined with the story of a country recovering from a
brutal history.

Beautifully written by renowned author Julia Alvarez, Finding Miracles
examines the emotional complexity of familial relationships and the
miracles of everyday life. 

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher is very good.  There is a male main
character who is mixed white/african american and adopted into a white
family.  It may not be quite what you're looking for for this girl, so
look it over first if you're not familiar with it.


I am looking for a YOUNG ADULT book for a girl who is a different
ethnicity than the rest of her family. The main issue here is that the
girl is mainly surrounded by white people at home and in her private
school by, she is Asian, and she doesn't want to be different. Her
guardians have legal custody, but she still sees her family of origin.
She feels uneasy in both worlds. I don't expect a book that mirrors her
situation exactly, but a book about the issues of being a minority in
your family, or about not being able to accept being a minority in a
white world, would be great. Any ideas?

Sharon Hamer--Librarian
Hyde School--Woodstock
150 Route 169, PO Box 237
Woodstock, CT 06281-0237

HYDE The leader in family-based character education.



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