Iris Weijun Wang is just like any other New Jersey teen. She enjoys shopping, hanging out with friends and spending time with her boyfriend. Her parents are Chinese immigrants who speak English at home and are pretty hands off when it comes to their daughter’s school work and extracurricular activities. But when they learn during Iris’s last semester of high school that she’s about to flunk out and has been rejected from every college she has applied to, Iris’s parents flip out. Her otherwise laid-back father comes up with the perfect solution to teach Iris some responsibility. Off to China she goes.

Pop Flies, Robo-Pets, and Other Disasters, Suzanne Kamata, Tracy Bishop (illus)
Pop Flies, Robo-Pets, and Other Disasters, Suzanne Kamata, Tracy Bishop (illus) (One Elm Books, March 2020)

Thirteen-year-old Satoshi Matsumoto spent the last three years living in Atlanta where he was the star of his middle-school baseball team—a slugger with pro potential, according to his coach. Now that his father’s work in the US has come to an end, he’s moved back to his hometown in rural Japan.

The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Sue DiCicco, Masahiro Sasaki Tuttle, (March 2020)
The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Sue DiCicco, Masahiro Sasaki (Tuttle, March 2020)

In this middle-reader book, author Sue DiCicco and Sadako’s older brother Masahiro tell her complete story in English for the first time—how Sadako’s courage throughout her illness inspired family and friends, and how she became a symbol of all people, especially children, who suffer from the impact of war.