Amazing Asian Reads (4): Fall 2019

Here are Amazing Asian Reads coming out in Summer 2019!

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang

(October 1, 2019 pub date)

Meet the funny, fierce, and fearless Amy Wu, who is determined to make a perfect bao bun today. Can she rise to the occasion?

Amy loves to make bao with her family. But it takes skill to make the bao taste and look delicious. And her bao keep coming out all wrong.

Then she has an idea that may give her a second chance…Will Amy ever make the perfect bao?

On Thin Ice (Diary of an Ice Princess #3) by Christina Soontornvat

(October 1, 2019 pub date)

A brand-new, fun-filled chapter book series that answers the question: What if Frozen’s Elsa went to regular school?

Princess Lina is loving groundling school. Her magic is still under wraps, she hangs out with BFF Claudia every day, and soon their class is taking a field trip to see penguins at the city aquarium!

Up in the sky, Lina’s Granddad has decided to invite her mischievous cousin Jack Frost to give Lina extra tutorials in Winterheart magic. But when Jack tags along with Lina to school, his tricks wreak havoc on the big field trip. Can Lina keep her cool and save the day?

Rogue Heart by Axie Oh

(October 8, 2019 pub date)

NEO BEIJING, 2201. Two years after the Battle of Neo Seoul, eighteen-year-old telepath Ama works by day in a cafe and moonlights as a lounge singer in a smoky bar at night. She’s anonymous, she’s safe from the seemingly never-ending war, and that’s how she’d like to stay. But then PHNX, a resistance group specializing in espionage and covert missions, approaches her with an offer to expose a government experiment exactly like the one she fled. Soon, Ama is traveling with PHNX on a series of dangerous assignments, using her telepathic powers to aid the rebellion against the authoritarian Alliance.

As the war ramps up, PHNX is given its most dangerous mission yet: to infiltrate the base of the Alliance’s new war commander, a young man rumored to have no fear of death. But when Ama sees the commander for the first time, she discovers his identity: Alex Kim, the boy she once loved and who betrayed her.

Now, Ama must use her telepathic abilities to pose as an officer in Alex’s elite guard, manipulating Alex’s mind so that he doesn’t recognize her. As the final battle approaches, Ama struggles with her mission and her feelings for Alex. Will she be able to carry out her task? Or will she give up everything for Alex again–only to be betrayed once more?

Part heist novel, part love story, Rogue Heart is perfect for fans of Marie Lu’s Warcross and Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.

Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao

(October 15, 2019 pub date)

A teen outcast is simultaneously swept up in a whirlwind romance and down a rabbit hole of dark family secrets when another Taiwanese family moves to her small, predominantly white midwestern town in this remarkable new novel from the critically acclaimed author of American Panda, which The Wall Street Journal called “weepingly funny.”

Seventeen-year-old Ali Chu knows that as the only Asian person at her school in middle-of-nowhere Indiana, she must be bland as white toast to survive. This means swapping her congee lunch for PB&Js, ignoring the clueless racism from her classmates and teachers, and keeping her mouth shut when people wrongly call her Allie instead of her actual name, Ah-lee, after the mountain in Taiwan.

Her autopilot existence is disrupted when she finds out that Chase Yu, the new kid in school, is also Taiwanese. Despite some initial resistance due to the they belong together whispers, Ali and Chase soon spark a chemistry rooted in competitive martial arts, joking in two languages, and, most importantly, pushing back against the discrimination they face.

But when Ali’s mom finds out about the relationship, she forces Ali to end it. As Ali covertly digs into the why behind her mother’s disapproval, she uncovers secrets about her family and Chase that force her to question everything she thought she knew about life, love, and her unknowable future.

Snippets of a love story from nineteenth-century China (a retelling of the Chinese folktale The Butterfly Lovers) are interspersed with Ali’s narrative and intertwined with her fate.

Mooncakes by Wendy Xu (& Suzanne Walker)

(October 15, 2019 pub date)

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

(October 29, 2019 pub date)

“A work of fathomless imagination” –Samantha Shannon, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree

Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.

In the last days of the twenty-first century, sea creatures swim through the ruins of London. Trapped in the abyss, humankind wavers between fear and hope–fear of what lurks in the depths around them, and hope that they might one day find a way back to the surface.

When sixteen-year-old submersible racer Leyla McQueen is chosen to participate in the prestigious annual marathon, she sees an opportunity to save her father, who has been arrested on false charges. The Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. But the race takes an unexpected turn, forcing Leyla to make an impossible choice.

Now she must brave unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a guarded, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If Leyla fails to discover the truths at the heart of her world, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–or worse. And her father will be lost to her forever.

 

Amazing Asian Reads (3): Summer 2019

Here are Amazing Asian Reads coming out in Summer 2019!

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

(June 4, 2019 pub date)

Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop.

She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of.

Then her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

(June 18, 2019 pub date)

A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.

Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth — and the part he played in it.

As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

(June 25, 2019 pub date)

An addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must eat devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to men. He’s drawn to her anyway. When he finds her fox bead, he does not realize he holds her life in his hands.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous and reignite a generations-old feud . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail Villanueva

(July 30, 2019 pub date)

Light and deep, smart and funny, crushing and hopeful all at the same time, My Fate According to the Butterfly will open your eyes to both the world’s potential for magic, and to its harsh realities.
When superstitious Sab sees a giant black butterfly, an omen of death, she knows that she’s doomed! According to legend, she has one week before her fate catches up with her — on her 11th birthday. With her time running out, all she wants is to celebrate her birthday with her entire family. But her sister, Ate Nadine, stopped speaking to their father one year ago, and Sab doesn’t even know why.

If Sab’s going to get Ate Nadine and their father to reconcile, she’ll have to overcome her fears — of her sister’s anger, of leaving the bubble of her sheltered community, of her upcoming doom — and figure out the cause of their rift.

So Sab and her best friend Pepper start spying on Nadine and digging into their family’s past to determine why, exactly, Nadine won’t speak to their father. But Sab’s adventures across Manila reveal truths about her family more difficult — and dangerous — than she ever anticipated.

Was the Butterfly right? Perhaps Sab is doomed after all!

Snow Place Like Home (Diary of an Ice Princess #1) by Christina Soontornvat

(July 30, 2019 pub date)

Princess Lina has a life any kid would envy. She lives in a massive palace in the clouds. Everyone in her family has the power to control the wind and weather. On a good day, she can even fly! She loves making lemons into lemon ice, riding wind gusts around the sky, and turning her bedroom into a real life snow globe.

There’s just one thing Lina wants: to go to regular, non-magical school with her best friend Claudia. She promises to keep the icy family secret under wraps. What could go wrong? (EVERYTHING!)

Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells

(July 30, 2019 pub date)

Raised among the ruins of a conquered mountain nation, Maren dreams only of sharing a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia—until the day Kaia is abducted by the Aurati, prophetic agents of the emperor, and forced to join their ranks. Desperate to save her, Maren hatches a plan to steal one of the emperor’s coveted dragons and storm the Aurati stronghold.

If Maren is to have any hope of succeeding, she must become an apprentice to the Aromatory—the emperor’s mysterious dragon trainer. But Maren is unprepared for the dangerous secrets she uncovers: rumors of a lost prince, a brewing rebellion, and a prophecy that threatens to shatter the empire itself. Not to mention the strange dreams she’s been having about a beast deep underground…

With time running out, can Maren survive long enough to rescue Kaia from impending death? Or could it be that Maren is destined for something greater than she could have ever imagined?

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

(August 13, 2019 pub date)

By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.” When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender.

While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.

The Battle (The Gauntlet #2) by Karuna Riazi

(August 27, 2019 pub date)

The game begins again in this gripping follow-up to The Gauntlet that’s a futuristic middle eastern Zathura meets Ready Player One!

Four years after the events of The Gauntlet, the evil game Architect is back with a new partner-in-crime—The MasterMind—and the pair aim to get revenge on the Mirza clan. Together, they’ve rebuilt Paheli into a slick, mind-bending world with floating skyscrapers, flying rickshaws run by robots, and a digital funicular rail that doesn’t always take you exactly where you want to go.

Twelve-year-old Ahmad Mirza struggles to make friends at his new middle school, but when he’s paired with his classmate Winnie for a project, he is determined to impress her and make his very first friend. At home while they’re hard at work, a gift from big sister Farah—who is away at her first year in college—arrives. It’s a high-tech game called The Battle of Blood and Iron, a cross between a video game and board game, complete with virtual reality goggles. He thinks his sister has solved his friend problem—all kids love games. He convinces Winnie to play, but as soon as they unbox the game, time freezes all over New York City.

With time standing still and people frozen, all of humankind is at stake as Ahmad and Winnie face off with the MasterMind and the Architect, hoping to beat them at their own game before the evil plotters expand Paheli and take over the entire world.

Are there any summer books by Asian Authors you’re excited to read?

Amazing Asian Reads (2): Spring 2019

Here are Amazing Asian Reads coming out in Spring 2019!

The Shadow Glass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rin Chupeco

(March 5, 2019 pub date)

In the highly anticipated finale to the Bone Witch trilogy, Tea’s life—and the fate of the kingdoms—hangs in the balance 

Tea is a bone witch with the dark magic needed to raise the dead. She has used this magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost…and those who would join her army against the deceitful royals. But Tea’s quest to conjure a shadowglass—to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world—threatens to consume her heart.

Tea’s black heartsglass only grows darker with each new betrayal. And when she is left with new blood on her hands, Tea must answer to a power greater than the elder asha or even her conscience…

Ruse (Want #2) by Cindy Pon 

(March 12, 2019 pub date)

In near-future Shanghai, a group of teens have their world turned upside down when one of their own is kidnapped in this action-packed follow-up to the “positively chilling” sci-fi thriller Want.

Jason Zhou, his friends, and Daiyu are still recovering from the aftermath of bombing Jin Corp headquarters. But Jin, the ruthless billionaire and Daiyu’s father, is out for blood. When Lingyi goes to Shanghai to help Jany Tsai, a childhood acquaintance in trouble, she doesn’t expect Jin to be involved. And when Jin has Jany murdered and steals the tech she had refused to sell him, Lingyi is the only one who has access to the encrypted info, putting her own life in jeopardy.

Zhou doesn’t hesitate to fly to China to help Iris find Lingyi, even though he’s been estranged from his friends for months. But when Iris tells him he can’t tell Daiyu or trust her, he balks. The reunited group play a treacherous cat and mouse game in the labyrinthine streets of Shanghai, determined on taking back what Jin had stolen.

When Daiyu appears in Shanghai, Zhou is uncertain if it’s to confront him or in support of her father. Jin has proudly announced Daiyu will be by his side for the opening ceremony of Jin Tower, his first “vertical city.” And as hard as Zhou and his friends fight, Jin always gains the upper hand. Is this a game they can survive, much less win?

The True Queen (Sorcerer Royal #2) by Zen Cho

(March 12, 2019 pub date)

In the follow-up to the “delightful” Regency fantasy novel (NPR.org) Sorcerer to the Crown, a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae. 

When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can’t remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic.

If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she’s drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed.

Internment by Samira Ahmed

(March 19, 2019 pub date)

Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Far from Agrabah by Aisha Saeed 

(April 2, 2019 pub date)

This stunning original novel will tell an all-new story set in the world of the new film, featuring Aladdin and Jasmine. A magic carpet ride full of adventure, suspense, and wonder written by New York Times Bestselling author Aisha Saeed, this story will be a must-read for any Aladdin fans who find themselves drawn into and enchanted by the magical world of Agrabah and beyond.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He 

(April 2, 2019 pub date)

“Deep world-building, magical family secrets, and intricate palace politics—Descendant of the Crane soars from page one. Its twists and treacheries kept me guessing until the very end.”

—Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of Seraphina

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by
death, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

(April 23, 2019 pub date)

Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.

Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala’s debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and that drive them apart.

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali 

(May 7, 2019 pub date)

marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

(May 14, 2019 pub date)

Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad 

(May 14, 2019 pub date)

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.

But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.

Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences.

Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi 

(May 21, 2019 pub date)

The inventive and hauntingly timely story of a seventeen-year-old coder’s catapult to stardom, reminiscent of The Social Network with a Ready Player One twist.

For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire worlds from scratch: Mars craters, shimmering lakes, any virtual experience her heart desires.

But she can’t code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget.

Until now. Because WAVE, the world’s biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets to meet its billionaire founder. The same billionaire who worked closely with Opal’s dad. The one she always believed might know where he went. The one who maybe even murdered him.

What begins as a small data hack to win the contest spirals out of control when Opal goes viral, digging her deeper into a hole of lies, hacks, and manipulation. How far will Opal go for the answers–or is it the attention–she’s wanted for years?

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

(May 28, 2019 pub date)

Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement. She’s obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel brave, fabulous, and like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother sees this as a distraction from working on her portfolio paintings for the prestigious fine art academy where she’s been accepted for college. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi’s estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.

When she arrives in Japan, she loses herself in Kyoto’s outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival–and meets Akira, a cute med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. What begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.

Amazing Asian Reads (1): Winter 2019 (retrospective)

Starting a feature where we list all the Amazing Asian Reads coming out! But we missed posting about the winter 2019 Asian reads, so this first post will be a retrospective! Definitely check out all these books and grow your TBR!

The Girl King by Mimi Yu

Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this sweeping tale of ambition, sacrifice and betrayal for readers of Sabaa Tahir and Alwyn Hamilton.

All hail the Girl King. 

Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead—a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally—and an army—if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved…

Alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens—a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign…or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.

Firestarter (TimeKeeper #3) by Tara Sim

The crew of the Prometheus is intent on taking down the world’s clock towers so that time can run freely. Now captives, Colton, Daphne, and the others have a stark choice: join the Prometheus’s cause, or fight back in any small way they can and face the consequences. But Zavier, leader of the terrorists, has a bigger plan—to bring back the lost god of time.

As new threats emerge, loyalties must shift. No matter where the Prometheus goes—Prague, Austria, India—nowhere is safe, and every second ticks closer toward the eleventh hour. Walking the line between villainy and heroism, each will have to choose what’s most important: saving those you love at the expense of the many, or making impossible sacrifices for the sake of a better world.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

From New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi comes The Gilded Wolves, a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change—one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires…

No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history—but only if they can stay alive.

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.

When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.

But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective.

Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life?

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

A music-loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut.

Melati Ahmad looks like your typical moviegoing, Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old. Unlike most other sixteen-year-olds though, Mel also believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied.

But there are things that Melati can’t protect her mother from. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames.

With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.

Game of Stars (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #2) by Sayantani DasGupta

When the Demon Queen shows up in her bedroom, smelling of acid and surrounded by evil-looking bees, twelve-year-old Kiranmala is uninterested. After all, it’s been four months since she last heard from her friends in the Kingdom Beyond, the alternate dimension where she was born as an Indian princess. But after a call to action over an interdimensional television station and a visit with some all-seeing birds, Kiran decides that she has to once again return to her homeland, where society is fraying, a reality show is taking over, and her friends are in danger.

However, things are a lot less clear than the last time she was in the Kingdom Beyond. Kiran must once again battle witches, solve riddles, and avoid her evil Serpent King father – all while figuring out who are her true friends, and what it really means to be a demon.

What is Lunar New Year?

Happy Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year is the beginning of a the lunar calendar and is based on the cycles of the moon. Therefore it often falls sometime between the middle of January and the middle of February. It is celebrated in many places all over the Asian continent. Some celebrations include fire works like we see during the new year our Gregorian Calendar is based on. But aside from celebrating a new year, the Lunar New Year is often closely tied to family.

Some of you might be asking, “But isn’t it called ‘Chinese New Year’?” Yes and no. Yes, some people call it Chinese New Year. But no, it is not just called Chinese New Year. This would be an inaccurate title for the day if you’re not in China or speaking directly to a Chinese person only. That’s because the Chinese are celebrating Lunar New Year, which is a day that many Asian cultures celebrate. Therefore, it is more accurate to call it “Lunar New Year.” There is an article called We Should Refer To It As ‘Lunar New Year’ Rather Than ‘Chinese New Year’ that explains it well by saying, “Let us call it Lunar New Year because it’s not only the Chinese who celebrate it. Indeed, the holiday spread throughout Asia and was absorbed in Asian customs for centuries.”

Here are some examples of how Lunar New Year is celebrated in different countries!

In China, they celebrate the Lunar New Year with a festival called the Spring Festival in mainland China. The first day of the Lunar New Year begins on the new moon that appears between the 21 of January and the 20 of February. Traditions include reunions with family (as the holiday has strong ties with honoring family), cleaning the house, firecrackers, food, and receiving money in red envelopes. The traditional greetings include “Gong xi fa cai” which translates to “May you have a prosperous new year” and “Gung hay fat choy” which is Cantonese for “Wishing you great happiness and prosperity.” Each new year is also accompanied by a new sign of the zodiac, this year’s sign is the pig.

In Korea, the Lunar New Year is called Seollal. It is also a national holiday that is closely tied to family. In Korea, the days right before and right after Seollal are often holidays as well (meaning many businesses are closed) so that people can go back to their ancestral homes/hometowns to pay respects. It is also a day that people eat a traditional food called tteok (a rice cake) which will add another year onto their life (people in Korea count themselves one year older on new year’s day). When home, children will bow to their elders and receive money in return. The traditional greeting in the new year is “Saehae Bok Mani Badeuseyo” which translates to “May your new year be filled with blessings.” Korea, like China and many other Asian countries, also considers this the year of the pig according to the zodiac cycle.

In Vietnam, they call the holiday Tết short for Tết Nguyên Đán which translates to “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day.” A fun fact is that sometimes Vietnam celebrates Lunar New Year on a different day than China. This is because sometimes the one-hour time difference between Vietnam and China results in new moon occurring on different days. The traditional greetings are “Chúc Mừng Năm Mới” which means “Happy New Year” and “Cung Chúc Tân Xuân” which translates to “gracious wishes of the new spring.” Like in China and Korea, Vietnamese families also celebrate by cooking food and cleaning the house.

There are many other versions of the Lunar New Year celebration that take place all over the world! Definitely check them all out and we hope you have an auspicious and lucky new year!

Happy 2019!

Wishing everyone a happy new year! We’re working on developing the site to provide posts about Asian identity and culture. And of course, we’ll start highlighting amazing Asian Authors to pay attention to!

Follow-up of Open Letter to Abrams

To all the people in the community who supported and signed our Open Letter,

Thank you! Though it was an upsetting issue that brought us together, it was inspiring to see the community rally so quickly and in such great numbers (over 1000!) to speak up against a book that could have done great harm to a marginalized group. The fight for authentic diversity has been an uphill battle and unfortunately we still have to speak up against continued harmful stereotypes and appropriation that reinforce the oppressive status quo. It’s a nuanced conversation and over 1000+ voices spoke up in the last 48 hours to say that we don’t approve of such a harmful, Islamophobic book.

Our original intention was to send the letter as an email with all the signatures directly to Abrams Books, but as they have heard us and responded by pulling the book we will no longer be doing so. We still believe Abrams has far to go in addressing the internal processes that allowed such a book to be greenlit. We hope they’ll somehow show the public that they are working to be better (for example a public pledge to have more inclusive hiring practices) so such problematic stories can be flagged before they cause harm to the community. Our open letter will still be up on AsianAuthorAlliance.com with all the signatures.

Open Letter to Abrams

Dear Abrams,

As authors, illustrators, readers, teachers and publishing professionals we believe books can change lives. We believe in the importance of literacy. And we understand, deeply, the power of story. But we also know the irreparable harm that can be done when a book is littered with damaging stereotypes and falsehoods, rooted in bigotry and racism. It is out of this belief that found ourselves deeply disturbed by tweets from Abrams Kids promoting a “sneak peek” of A Suicide Bomber Sits in the Library, a graphic novel by Jack Gantos and Dave McKean.

This book depicts an illiterate child suicide bomber, apparently of vague Middle Eastern or South Asian descent, who is deterred from his terrorist “mission” when he sees other children reading in the library. According to text on the back of the book, the young suicide bomber has an “unquestionable duty to his beliefs”— as if it is his faith that compels him to be a terrorist, as if he must act in opposition to his faith to show humanity. The premise alone is steeped in Islamophobia and profound ignorance.

Further, though the text refers to the characters as boys, the illustrations of brown-skinned individuals with receding hairlines and dark circles under their squinting, villainous eyes are dehumanizing and do not seem in any way child-like. Is this how Abrams believes Muslim/Middle Eastern/Arab/Pakistani children should see themselves? Or, adults for that matter? Is this the mirror you hold up to them? Is this the window that you think creates empathy?

It appears that the short story that inspired this graphic novel came from, ostensibly, a countering violent extremism (CVE) anthology. CVE is acknowledged within affected communities as being ineffectual, at best—you can’t simply counter extremism with graphic novels or books. Illiteracy, alone, is not what leads to violence, the roots lie much deeper than that and touch on geo-politics, socio-economics, colonialism, and the reckless bombing of nations without regard to the actual human beings living there. The gross oversimplifications in the description and the sneak peek of this graphic novel are both wrongheaded and reckless.

The simple fact is that today, the biggest terrorist threat in the United States is white supremacy. In publishing A Suicide Bomber Sits in the Library, Abrams is willfully fear-mongering and spreading harmful stereotypes in a failed attempt to show the power of story.

Sincerely,

Ayesha A

Stephanie A.

Julie Abe

Tracy Abell

Tracy Abell

Whitley Abell

Sarah Abušarar

Kristy Acevedo

Aaron Aceves

April Addarat

Mariam Addarrat

Shweta Adhyam

Dahlia Adler

Salma Agha

Krista Ahlberg

Samira Ahmed

Tanzila Ahmed

Mary Ajmera

Rachel Akemon

Helena Akerlund

Sarah Albee

Becky Albertalli

Kimberly Alberts

Jennifer Alevy

Janelle Alexander

Sara Alfageeh

Dana Alhaffar

Salima Alikhan

Mariama Alizor

Hanna Alkaf

Treya Allen

Ami Allen-Vath

Asma Alsalameh

Sarah Alsaraf

Husain Alzeera

Allison Ameduri

Sundas Amer

Anita Amin

Aliya Amin

Abdirahman Amir

Isabella Amparan

Eva Anderson

Lily Anderson

Steven Andrews

Janella Angeles

Mariam Ansar

Jordan April

Luka Arden

Nicole Aronis

Sarah Aronson

Eric Arroyo

Claudie Arseneault

Jane Arthur

Mary Ashcliffe

Juwairiyya Asmal-Lee

Kristine Asselin

Laura Atkins

Megan Atwood

Farzanah Ausaluth

Jennifer Austin

Heidi Ayarbe

Ann-Marie Aymer

Nafiza Azad

Julie Azzam

J B

Jill Baguchinsky

Varsha Bajaj

Jennifer Baker

Kim Baker

Cindy Baldwin

Gabrielle Balkan

Alyson Banda (Collection Development Librarian)

Veronica Bane

Karen Bao

mina baptista

Tracey Baptiste

Sara Barber

Beth Barnett

Jade Barr

YL Barrett

Rena Barrron

Kate Bartlein

Veronica Bartles

Chelsea Bashore

Chelsea Beam

Melinda Beatty

Magdalena Bednarska

Yusrah Begum

Juliet Clare Bell

Daphne Benedis-Grab

Brooks Benjamin

Amber Bennett

Kazia Berkley-Cramer

Ariel Bernstein

Lauren Berrong

Jaime Berry

Nina Berry

Amelinda Berube

Bronté Bettencourt

Rosheen Birdie

Jenn Bishop

Rachel Bitter

Robert Bittner

Cheryl Blackford

Casey Blair

Jennifer Blair

Tracey Bleakley

Gail Bloom

Meg Bloom

Sam Bloom

Sheena Boekweg

Martha Boksenbaum

Sophie Bonifaz

Naomi Bosch

Bo Botkin

Aaron Bourque

H.M. Bouwman

H.M. Bouwman

H.M. Bouwman

Marli Boyd

Joanna Bradshaw

Jeff Brady

Rebekkah Brainerd

Carmen Brennan

Jenny Brewer

Deborah Bright

Nicole Brinkley

Martha Brockenbrough

Rebecca Brooks

amira brown

Soraya Brown

Susan Brownrigg

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Allie Jane Bruce

Sya Bruce

Crystal Brunelle

kira Budge

Patti Buff

Stephanie Burgis

JoAnn Burke

Kimberly Burke

Lauren Burrow

Jake Burt

Alena C

Joelle C

Ramnele Cala

Cit Callahan

Dylan Calvert

Bill Cameron

Katie Camp

Alyx Campbell

Cathy Camper

Jess Capelle

Ann Carboneau

Sara Card

Annie Cardi

Alyssa Carlier

Betsy Carpenter

Kristen Carter

Carlo Castillo

J.C. Cervantes

Sarwat Chadda

Nidhi Chanani

Julie Chandler

Sona Charaipotra

Maya Chawla

Peg Cheng

LeeAnn Chew

Hayley Chewins

Victoria Chiu

Kat Cho

Kelsey Choo

Faiza Chowdhury

Alyssa Chrisman

Ashley Chu

Eliza Chung

Olivia Cieri

Asia Citro

Emma Clamp

Alex Clay

Dhonielle Clayton

Carey Clifford

Lyndall Clipstone

Kaedan Clockwork

Anna Coats

Lucy Coats

Rebecca Coffindaffer

Kathryn Cole

Olivia Cole

Emma Coleman

Ailynn Collins

Anastasia Collins

Dana Collins

Matt Colours

Ruth Compton

Denise Conejo

Melanie conklin

Morgan Conley

Kennedy Conway

Amelia Coombs

Melinda R. Cordell

Zoraida Cordova

Janeth Cornejo

Jessica Corra

Jalissa Corrie

Jennifer Coryell

Kess Costales

Jo Cotterill

Nadine Courtney

Greg Craill

Jess Creaden

Susan Crean

Jesus Crespo

Megan Crewe

Leah Crichton

Dani Crickman

Harley Crites

Emily Croteau

Erika Cruz

Leanna Cruz

Carla Cullen

Shannon Cullen

Mike Curato

Sarah Dahlen

Tara Dairman

Genissa Daly

Louisa Danquah

Julie Dao

Elayna Darcy

Jean Darnell

Sayantani DasGupta

A M Dassu

Lea Davenport

Kyra Davies

Jessie Davis

Mandy Davis

Natalie Davis

Keila Dawson

Anisha DCosta

Esther De Dauw

Trisha de Guzman

Caitlin Deckard

Megan DeJarnett

Laura Delgado

Rosalyn DeMattia

Fallon DeMornay

Amy Dendinger

Rose Margaret Deniz

Megan Dere

Molly Dettmann

Amber Deutsch

Stephanie Diaz

Andrea Dictor

Sasha Dillman

Margaret Dilloway

Lindsay DiMaggio

Molly Dineen

Erin Dionne

Erin Dionne

Connie Dodes

Bonnie Doerr

Michella Domenici

Rebecca Donnelly

Elizabeth Dorathy

Lauren Dostal

Alechia Dow

Brittany Drehobl

Megan Drozd

Meghan Drummond

Ansar Dualeh

Kellie DuBay Gillis (parent, school board member, children’s literature writer and reader)

Catherine Dudley

Jennifer Duff

Rachel Dukes

Alexandra Duncan

Quinn Dunham

Nicole Duran-White

Sara DuVall

Bridgette Dziedzic

Tricia Ebarvia

Cory Eckert

Katrina Eddy

Bethany Edwards

Jen Edwards

Rebecca Ehling

Lauren Eldridge

Lyndsay Ely

Julia Ember

M.K. England

Nancy Engle

Patricia Everett

Rosalyn Eves

Deva Fagan

Megan Fair

Susanne Fairfax

Jehan A Faisal

Mary Fan

Emily Fardoux

Cassandra Farrin

Saadia Faruqi

Megan Favre

Emily Feldman

Jenny Ferguson

Natalie Ferguson

Vi Figueroa

Scott Fillner

Fred Flintstone

Debbi Michiko Florence

Francesca Flores

Christine Foligno

Carly Ford

Kate Fornoff

Meredith Fortner

Toni Fossum

Janet Foxley

Cass Frances

Linda Frankel

Averill Elisa Frankes

Sara Freund

Michele Fry

Rachel Fryd

Lexie Fuell

Jay Fung

Jordan Funke

Helen Furtan

Brigid Gaffikin

Alejandria Galarza

Anna Galbraith

Donna Gall

Elisa Gall

Emily Gallagher

Jason Gallaher

Mayalisa Garbanzo

Aida Garcia

Alejandra Garcia

Rebecca Garcia

Kati Gardner

Camryn Garrett

Rodrigo Gaspar-Barajas

A.V. Geiger

Alissa imre Geis

Mary Gensel

Sarah George

Jill Gerber

Jaime Gerding

Sherry Gick

Joamette Gil

Annette Gilbert

Stephanie Gildart

Melanie Gillman

Peter Gilmartin

Elena Gleason

Allison Gleichman

Sarah Goblot

Barbara Gogan

Tracy Gold

Emily Goldman

Rachel Goldstein

Stephanie Gomes

Jimmy Gonzalez

Maddi Gonzalez

Jessica Goodsell

Elizabeth Goodspeed

Kaitlyn Goodwin

Richenda Gould

Markelle Grabo

Adalyn Grace

Luke Gracia

Susan Graham

Alex Graudins

Miranda Gray

Margaret Greanias

Carrie Green

Elena Greer

I.W. Gregorio

Jani Grey

Nikki Grimes

Jennifer Groff

Sarah Grosd

Stephanie Guerdan

Tanya Guerrero

Shelley H

Semya Hakim

Alice Hakvaag

Catherine Hall

Jessie Hall

Mollie Hall

Sephy Hallow

Sarah Hamburg

Leslie Hamel

Alexa Hamilton

Halima Hanif

Liv Hanson

Yusra Haque

Jasper Hardin

Jennifer Harmon

MARLENA HAROLD

Chaz Harris

Cate Hart

Sonia Hartl

Rachel Hartman

Asad Hashmi

Neda Hashmi

Pernia Hassan

Jessica Haugo

Mike Hays

Hannah Hecht

Julie Hedlund

Derek Heid

Heidi Heilig

Jenell Heimbach

Jillian Heise

Der-shing Helmer

Jessica Henninger

Kary Henry

Conner Herbison

Christine Herman

Janie Hermann

Christina Hernandez

Farah Heron

Luz Herrera

Robin Herrera

Pamela Herron

Tyler Ashley Hetland

Joy Hicks

Carter Higgins

Eva-Lani High

Margari Hill

Rob Hillhouse

Olivia Hinebaugh

Veera Hiranandani

Janice Hironaka

Julienne Ho

Stacey Hockett Sherlock

Caitlin Hoffer

Amy Holcomb

Tracy Holczer

Katelyn Holloway

Sarah Hollowell

Alice Holmes

Kari Anne Holt

Diane Homan

Sophia Hope

Patrick Hopkins

Kate Horan

Karen Horvath

Safiyya Hosein

Maria Hossain

Stephanie Hovden

Marci Hoyt

Betina Hsieh

Annie Huang

Heather Hufford

Teresa Hughes

Bev Humphrey

Alex Hunt

Julie Hunter

Priya Huq

Ellie Hurley

Eva I.

Djaz Idakaar

Nosaremen Ighodalo

Jennifer Indeliclae

Lilly Irani

Meredith Ireland

Angela Isaacs

Katie Ishizuka

Farhiya Ismail

Julie Israel

William Iverson

Kosoko Jackson

Samantha Jackson

Julie Jaeger

Adiba Jaigirdar

Mahak Jain

Natalie Jarosz

Nadia Jaser-Cendejas

Julie Jee

Melissa Jennings

Laura Jensen

Karen Jeremiah

Tiffany Jewell

Laura Jimenez

Bridgette Johnson

Jonathan Johnson

Mary Johnson

Andrea Johnston

Keren Joshi

Arielle Jovellanos

Amanda Joy

Christina June

Amanda Jung

Mike Jung

Natalie K

Cassandra Kaczocha

Rachel Kaiser

Aneeka Kalia

Jessica Kamphaus

Georgina Kamsika

Lydia Kang

Sarah Kapit

Maxine Kaplan

Jena Karam

Lisa Katzenberger

Jacob Kawelo

Bridget Keehan

Elizabeth Keenan

Kim Keith

Supriya Kelkar

Brian Kelley

Lynne Kelly

Brian Kennedy

Marti Kennedy

Tara Kennedy

Sarah Kettles

Noura Khalid

Misty Khalique

Erum Khan

Sabina Khan

Shazleen Khan

Shehnaz Khan

Zainab Khan

Darshana Khiani

Adib Khorram

Eugenia Kim

Eunice Kim

Jung Kim

Melanie Kim

Christopher King

Erin King

Kelly Klose

Cat Knarr

Amitha Knight

Laura Knight

Jo Knowles

Katie Knutson

Gaby Koenig

Jamie Kollar

Courtney Kramer

Lisa Kramer

Eleanor Kriseman

Uma Krishnaswami

Kristan Krout

Raiden Kubiak

Bianca Kurtyak

Julie L’Abbe

Amber Labelle

Jo Ladzinski

Alanna Lafferty

Remy Lai

Jackie Lama

Jackie Lamoureux

Mary Landrum

Katherine Langrish

Grace Lapointe

Rachel Lara

Kara LaReau

Rajani LaRocca

Jeanette Larson

Elizabeth Lauderdale

Melissa Lavoy

Jennie Law

AnaLisa Lawhon

Patrice Lawrence

Tricia Lawrence

Holly Lawson

Minh Lê

Stephanie Ledyard

Christina Lee

Emma Lee

Lori Lee

Lyla Lee

Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Stacey Lee

Susan Lee

Ying Lee

Chris Lehman

Ruth Lehrer

Margaret Lemelin

Ilsen Leon

April Lesher

Sarah Lester

Julie Leung

Sharon Levin

Amy Levine

Kristen Levine

Dana Alison Levy

Alice Meichi Li

Avery Li

Mina Li

Jennifer Libert

Amanda Lieber

Ana Liew

Farhana Lilly

Amanda Lillywhite

Lauren Lim

Shereen Lim

Grace Lin

Judy Lin

Ken Lindblom

Nina Lindsay

Linda Linson

Sarah Darer Littman

Robert Liu-Trujillo

Malinda Lo

Sarah Loch

Katherine Locke

Emily Lofquist

Sheila Loosevelt

Nathan Lott

Shannon Loucks

Andrea Lough

Jessica Love

Virginia Lowe

Maloy Luakian

Stephanie Lucianovic

Sujei Lugo

Kyle Lukoff

Casey Lyall

Donna Macdonald

Ada Mackiewicz

Meagan Macvie

Lara Maestro

Tasslyn Magnusson

Meg Maher

Rebecca Mahoney

Luciana Mallozzi

Jen Malone

Katy Manck

Tilak Mandal

Sangu Mandanna

Alexa Manery

Leigh Mar

Emily Marchese

Jenelyn Marcos

Renee Marcoux

Fatin Marini

Janae Marks

Salwa Marohom

Zoe Marriott

Marianne Marti

Amber Martin

Arianna Martin

Carlos Martin

Lindsay Maruska

Re Marzullo

Litty Mathai

Laura Matheny

Kristie Matheson

Jennifer Mathieu

Rabia Mattu

Marty Mayberry

Jaime Mayer

Jon Mayhew

Cami McClure

Christinr McCourt

Joy McCullough

Rhys McGovern

Kathleen McGrath

Kristin McIlhagga

PJ McIlvaine

Rachel McInnes

Sierra McKenzie

L.L. McKinney

Destiny McLurkin

Rebecca McNair

Gretchen McNeil

Mary Ann McSweeny

Amanda Meadows

Christie Megill

Rati Mehrotra

Eriska Meiyanis

Dana Mele

Steve Mellen

Yamile Saied Mendez

Jean Mendoza

Nancy Mercado

Anna Meriano

Ki-Wing Merlin

Dawn Merrill

Ruba Merza

Kate Messner

Lindsay H. Metcalf

Meriam Metoui

Kelly Metzger

Shannon Meyer

Rebecca Miller

Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Saundra Mitchell

E Mithun

Angela Moffett

Rahma Mohamed

Kasim Mohammed

Lizamarie Mohammed

Marialaura Molina

Heather Molloy

Leslie Molnar

LeeAnn Monahan

Carly Moniz

Heather Morris

Lindsey Morris

Andrea Moser

Margaret Mosher

Samantha Mosher

Laura Mossa

Susan Muaddi Darraj

Maleeha Mubashiruddin

Lindsey Mueller

Laura Munafo

Amanda Murphy

Nahal Mustafa

Debbie Myers

Lee Naftali

Laura Namey

Mari Naomi

Malisa Nash

Philip Nel

Anna Nelson

Kahri Nelson

Robin Nelson

Michelle Nero

Anne Nesbet

Cassandra Newbould

Lydia Nguyen

Meabh Ni Choileain

Alexa Nogueira

Christie Nold

Muna Nor

Namkha Norbu

Jennifer Northam

Alexandra Noyes

Gudrun Nyunt

Caitlin O’Connell

Anne Sibley O’Brien

Molly O’Neill

Laura Obuobi

Jennifer Ochoa

Axie Oh

Ellen Oh

Andria Oliver

Anna Osborn

Mark Oshiro

Faaiza Osman

Lindsey Ouimet

Anya Ow

Preethi Panathpur

Preethi Panathpur

Maria Kristina PANTOJA

Ruby Pardington

Grace Park

Grace Park

Abigail Parker

Anna Parker

Sandra Parks

Jennifer Parncutt

Sofiya Pasternack

Naazneen Patel

Nikhil Patel

Shaila Patel

Miranda Paul

Karin Paulus

Jennifer Pecina

Debra Pellerin

Annyston Pennington

Jessica Pennington

Sarah Perchikoff

Vanessa Perez

Crystal Perkins

Emily Petersen

Hannah Peterson

Lindsey Petrucci

Rebecca Petruck

Heather Petty

Susan Phalen

Marian Pham

Beth Phelan

Shawna Phelps

Rizza Piccio

Prerna Pickett

Corinne Pierce

Katharine Pillsbury

Jasmine Pinales

Samuel Pinson

Jamie Pittel

Shannon Pitts

Christine Pomatto

Carrie Pomeroy

Cindy Pon

Rory Power

Grace Prasad

Maya Prasad

Mikela Prevost

Lissa Price

Vanshika Prusty

Anna Pryde-Smith

Anna Putnam

Jaime Questell

Julia Quintanilla

Mariam Quraishi

Zaynah Qutubuddin

Yasmin Rahman

Laura Ramos

NoNieq Ramos

Seema Rana

Samantha Randolph

Leila Rasheed

LE Rausch

Emily Ready

Ellen Reagin

Jay Reece

Heidi Rees

Debbie Reese

Jenn Reese

Julie Reich

Amanda Reid

Tami Renner

Judy Renouf

Mae Respicio

Hannah Reynolds

Jess Reynolds

Kristin Reynolds

Sara Rezvi

Cristina Rhodes

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Elwina Riacara

Karuna Riazi

Abby Rice

Can Richards

Dan Richards

Erin Richards

Sharon Richards

Jana Rieck

Ariel Ries

Jocelyn Rish

Farah Rishi

Karen Rivers

Keena Roberts

Teresa Robeson

Julie Robine

Amy Jo Robinson

Casey Robinson

Christina Rodriguez

Kim Rogers

Karis Rogerson

Shelly Romero

Ann Rose

Danielle Rosen

Mara Rosenberg

Lisa Rosinsky

elizabeth rubenstein

Stephanie Ruble

Donna Rueth

Michelle Ruiz Keil

Aisha Rupasingha

Jessica Russell

Jeannie Rusten-Miao

Carina Saal

Katharine Sabo

Ashley Sager

Carrie Salazar

Hasanah Saliman

Nadia Salomon

Tolly Salz

Ambika Sam

Cecily Sam

Liselle Sambury

Anjali Santhanam

Cynthia Santos

Teagan Sarles

Rebecca Savill

Elizabeth Saxton

Wendy Scalfaro

Liz Garton Scanlon

Cyra Schaefer

Sara Schafer

Aaron Schaidle

Katie Scherrer

Lisa Schroeder

Heidi Schulz

Shea Scribner

Claire Scroggins

Kaeley Scruggs

Kara Seal

Lauren Seaver

Martin Segal

Niv Sekar

Naheed H. Senzai

Emily Servas

Gayatri Sethi

Caroline Seymour

Tanya Shaak

Sa’iyda Shabazz

Aayushi Shah

London Shah

Sagirah Shahid

Tess Sharpe

Joseph Shekoski

Jennifer Shelby

Joyce Sheng

charlotte sherman

Tiffanie Sherman

Sunmi Shin

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Suma Subramaniam

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Sarah Suk

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Megan Truax

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Angela Zhang

Camilla Zhang

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Katie Zhao

Thank you to the 1092 people who signed this open letter!

(For the source of some of our concerns stated in the letter go here.)

(Abrams response to the public criticism)