Ties That Bind, Ties That Break By Namioka, Lensey When a young girl in China refuses to bind her feet as tradition expects from its young girls, Ailin upsets her close family greatly and so must learn to become more reliant on herself in order to survive and stay true to her beliefs. A Single Shard. By Linda Sue Park A broken piece of pottery sets events in motion as an orphan struggles to pay off his debt to a master potter. This finely crafted novel brings 12th-century Korea and these indelible characters to life. Thousand Pieces of Gold By Ruthanne Lum McCunn When famine strikes China in 1871, thirteen-year-old Lalu Nathoy's father is forced to sell her into slavery and Lalu finds herself bound for America where she is won in a poker game. Presents the true story of a Chinese woman struggling to find freedom in the American West. China Homecoming By Jean Fritz The author returns to China, to relive her memories of her youth and to witness the many historical and social changes that have taken place since she left the country in 1928. Dragon Keeper By Carole Wilkinson In China, around the year 141 B.C., there lived a young slave girl named Ping. Danzi, the last surviving dragon and Ping escape captivity and make their way to the ocean. Entrusted with protecting the "Dragon Stone," Ping grows to care for Danzi and her pet rat, Hua, as the three make their way to the ocean. Filled with action, Chinese culture, and history, the three manage to defend themselves against evil while trying to ensure the safety of the stone. Wilkinson manages to include various Chinese themes such as social class and government, giving the fantasy a foundation based on history and superstition. Through her adventures, Ping turns from a timid slave to a strong woman with mystical powers. An exciting story that both historical fiction and fantasy fans will enjoy. So far from the bamboo grove By Yoko Kawashima Watkins Though Japanese, eleven-year-old Yoko has lived with her family in northern Korea near the border with China all her life. But when the Second World War comes to an end, Japanese on the Korean peninsula are suddenly in terrible danger; the Korean people want control of their homeland and they want to punish the Japanese, who have occupied their nation for many years. Yoko, her mother and sister are forced to flee from their beautiful house with its peaceful bamboo grove. Their journey is terrifying -- and remarkable. It's a true story of courage and survival. The House of Sixty Fathers By Meindert Dejong Tien Pao is all alone in enemy territory. Only a few days before, his family had escaped from the Japanese army, fleeing downriver by boat. Then came the terrible rainstorm. Tien Pao was fast asleep in the little sampan when the boat broke loose from its moorings and drifted right back to the Japanese soldiers. With only his lucky pig for company, Tien Pao must begin a long and dangerous journey in search of his home and family. Bound By Donna Jo Napoli Bound to her father's second wife and daughter after Xing Xing's father has passed away. Bound to a life of servitude as a young girl in ancient China, where the life of a woman is valued less than that of livestock. Bound to be alone and unmarried, with no parents to arrange for a suitable husband. Dubbed "Lazy One" by her stepmother, Xing Xing spends her days taking care of her half sister, Wei Ping, who cannot walk because of her foot bindings, the painful but compulsory tradition for girls who are fit to be married. Even so, Xing Xing is content, for now, to practice her gift for poetry and calligraphy, to tend to the mysterious but beautiful carp in her garden, and to dream of a life unbound by the laws of family and society. But all of this is about to change as the time for the village's annual festival draws near, and Stepmother, who has spent nearly all of the family's money, grows desperate to find a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing soon realizes that this greed and desperation may threaten not only her memories of the past, but also her dreams for the future. Chinese Cinderella By Adeline Yen Mah A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for -- the love and understanding of her family. The Good Earth By Pearl S. Buck Wang Lung, the simple farmer, is helped by his faithful wife to become a prosperous lord. Tragedy follows along the way as he betrays his family and neglects the earth he has worshipped. Dragonwings By Laurence Yep Moon shadow is eight years old when he sails from China to join his father, Windrider, in America. Windrider lives in San Francisco and makes his living doing laundry. Father and son have never met. But Moon Shadow grows to love and respect his father and to believe in his wonderful dream. And Windrider, with Moon Shadow's help is willing to endure the mockery of the other Chinese, the poverty, the separation from his wife and country'even the great earthquake'to make his dream come true. Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom By Katherine Patterson A young peasant boy is caught up in the Taiping Rebellion to overthrow the Manchu emperor of China, and questions the cause as he learns to be soldier. Kite Rider Geraldine McCaughrean In thirteenth-century China, after trying to save his widowed mother from a horrendous second marriage, twelve-year-old Haoyou has life-changing adventures when he takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.