Asia related reading list (Years 5-10)

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

This story is based on the life of Empress Orchid. This amazing story tells us how 17 year old Orchard is accepted into the Forbidden City as a married concubine to the Emperor. Her precarious life in the City is told in an engrossing story. She learns to cope with treacherous eunuchs, an uninterested distant husband who has many wives and thousands of concubines, manipulation and danger. To survive she must learn the art of intrigue and deception.

This story is based on the life of Empress Orchid. This amazing story tells us how 17 year old Orchard is accepted into the Forbidden City as a married concubine to the Emperor. Her precarious life in the City is told in an engrossing story. She learns to cope with treacherous eunuchs, an uninterested distant husband who has many wives and thousands of concubines, manipulation and danger. To survive she must learn the art of intrigue and deception.

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.

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.

This hilarious and bestselling author of Thai-riffic! brings us the next instalment of Lengy's adventures.

This hilarious and bestselling author of Thai-riffic! brings us the next instalment of Lengy's adventures.

Ikal is a student at Muhammadiyah Elementary on the Indonesian island of Belitong where graduating from sixth grade is considered a major achievement. His school is under constant threat of closure. In fact Ikal and his friends, a group nicknamed the Rainbow Troops, face threats from every angle; pessimistic, corrupt government officials.

Ikal is a student at Muhammadiyah Elementary on the Indonesian island of Belitong where graduating from sixth grade is considered a major achievement. His school is under constant threat of closure. In fact Ikal and his friends, a group nicknamed the Rainbow Troops, face threats from every angle; pessimistic, corrupt government officials.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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