When Genie “meets” new kid Quentin Sun for the first time in The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee, it’s on her way to school and he’s getting mugged by six grown men. The subsequent meetings are just as bizarre, but nothing prepares her for the epic battle Quentin has with an eight-foot tall giant. Check out the mini lesson for this book here!
In Frankly in Love by David Yoon, Frank Li is the barely-speaks-Korean-Korean son of Korean parents living in Southern California. His parents have sacrificed everything for him and have expectations of their son who simply wants to be a regular American teen, doing regular American teen things like falling in love—even if his love interest isn’t Korean. Check out the mini lesson for this book here!
In Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay, Jay Reguero is set to graduate in a few months and then begin school at the University of Michigan, but against his father’s suggestion, he travels to the Philippines to get answers about his cousin who was murdered in President Duterte’s war on drugs. Check out the mini lesson for this book here!
In The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, Leigh Chen Sanders travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents after the death of her mother. While in Taiwan, she forges a strong relationship with her grandparents, but she also uncovers family secrets and chases after ghosts, including her mother. Check out the mini lesson for this book here!
As Asian and Pacific-Island Heritage month confronts the attention turned to campaigns such as Stop AAPI Hate, teachers can add to students’ understanding of this moment of national attention to build empathy and bring attention to AAPI writers and creators. Michael Guevara shares his morning musings, plus a lesson plan to start this important conversation in the classroom.