Asian-Inspired Young Adult Fantasy Books

在許多華裔家庭,當孩子還小時,語言和文化都深受父母的影響,小朋友的中文能力還很強,也愛接受傳統中文故事和文化,可是當小朋友升上小學高年級或初中時,學校和主流英語文化的力量往往讓孩子走上「只看英文書、只聽英文歌」的狀態,中文的使用只限於在家與長輩溝通,或在中文學校上課時才發生 . . .



大部分受歡迎的高小和初中少年讀物都是都是以中世紀歐洲或現代歐美為時代背景的歷奇魔幻故事系列,如:Lord of the Rings、Percy Jackson、Harry Potter 等,對書迷的思考方式影響很深。想不想讓孩子也接觸一些以東方歷史文化作題材背景的好書,讓孩子認識有別於傳統歐美社會的思維邏輯和文化?以下幾本得獎好書,一定能滿足你和孩子的需要!

“When the Mountain Meets the Moon” Series by Grace Lin

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**2010 Newbery Honor Winner**

This is a wonderous novel with an epic journey and memorable characters in the tradition of The Wizard of Oz. From the beautiful design and the breathtaking full-color illustrations throughout, to the gentle humor and touching prose, this book is truly a gem. (for grades 3-6)

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.

“Flame in the Mist” by Renee Adieh

Renee Adieh's “Flame in the Mist”
Renee Adieh’s “Flame in the Mist”

Fans of “Mulan” will be delighted by this gripping YA fantasy and romance about a samurai’s daughter who disguises herself as a boy to avenge her family’s violent death. When she infiltrates the enemy’s circle, however, she finds that getting revenge is trickier than she thought, especially when she finds herself falling in love.

“Forest of a Thousand Lanterns” by Julie C. Dao

Julie C. Dao's “Forest of a Thousand Lanterns”
Julie C. Dao’s “Forest of a Thousand Lanterns”

Dao’s fantasy novel is the story of 18-year-old Xifeng, who longs to fulfill her destiny and become a majestic, beautiful queen, but doing so means that she’ll have to embrace the darkness that resides deep within her.

“The Star-Touched Queen” series by Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi's “The Star-Touched Queen”
Roshani Chokshi’s “The Star-Touched Queen”

Cursed with a destructive fate, Maya contents herself with academic pursuits until the day her father, the Raja, arranges for her to marry the prince of a neighboring kingdom. As queen of Akaran, Maya learns to trust her own voice and her own power and even finds herself falling for her husband. But as ancient secrets pop up and creep into the lives of her loved ones, it’s up to Maya to save the kingdom and herself.

“Kingdom of Xia” series by Cindy Pon

Cindy Pon's “Kingdom of Xia” series
Cindy Pon’s “Kingdom of Xia” series

Something is after Ai Ling, the unwanted girl who is journeying to the palace in search of her father. Although she can’t understand what that something is, she’s certain that it some kind of evil force, and in order to make it to the palace to reunite with her loved ones, she’ll have to fight back. She picks up some help along the way in the former of the wandering stranger, Chen Yong.

“The Dandelion Dynasty” series by Ken Liu

Ken Liu's “The Dandelion Dynasty” series
Ken Liu’s “The Dandelion Dynasty” series

Two strangers form an unlikely bond in the first book of Ken Liu’s fantasy series “The Dandelion Dynasty.” One is a wily bandit and the other is the no-nonsense son of a disgraced aristocrat, but in the midst of war, the two find themselves thrust together to survive. In the end, however, the two find themselves divided by their differing principles.

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Pororo: The Little Penguin (South Korea)

South Korean kids are going crazy over this cute little penguin and his cuddly animal friends.

Yo-kai Watch (Japan)

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Yo-kai Watch is a series of role-playing video games and a mixed-media franchise originally released for the Nintendo 3DS. Its anime television series broadcast in Japan since 2014 was hugely successful.

Little Witch Academia (Japan)

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Akko just wants to be like her idol, Shiny Chariot, but she has to get through witch academy, defeat a dragon and navigate new friendships first.

The Little Bus Tayo (South Korea)

The mischievous Tayo and his friends tour the city to learn their routes and go on fun adventures in this South Korean children’s program.

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Larva (Indonesia)

This children’s show aired on Disney Channel Asia and centers on the adventures of Yellow and Red, two larva friends who feast on the scraps of food that fall into their sewer home.