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Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature 2013–2019

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), is an affiliate of the American Library Association. The awards promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded to titles based on their literary and artistic merit.

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      Darius the Great Is Not Okay

      by Adib Khorram

      Nov 2018

      Young Adults

      2019 Young Adult Winner
      Afterword with resources. Darius, who’s half Persian, has never fit in at home in Oregon. He’s sure things will be the same in Iran; but then he meets Sohrab and everything changes.

      Front Desk

      by Kelly Yang

      Sep 2018

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      2019 Children's Literature Winner
      Ten-year-old Mia Tang’s number-one secret: she lives in a motel. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Author’s note with black-and-white photographs.

      Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

      by Uma Krishnaswami

      Oct 2017

      Sports Elementary Plus

      2018 Winner, Children’s Literature
      Nine-year-old Maria Singh learns to play softball just like her heroes in the All-American Girls' League, while her parents and neighbors are struggling through World War II. Index of poems. Black-and-white illustrations. "The History Behind Maria's Story."
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