Hello from Holly Thompson

Welcome to my intercultural world! Originally from Massachusetts, for over twenty years I have lived, worked, and raised my kids in Japan. My books all reflect the crossing of cultures amid the communities in which I find myself immersed.

Falling into the Dragon's Mouth launched in April! My third verse novel, Falling into the Dragon's Mouth follows Jason--sixth grader, orange belt in aikido, and big brother--as he struggles to cope with escalating bullying at school and encounters other outsiders and outcasts in his Japanese seaside community. Read the 30 companion #NoticePoems on my HATBOOKS BLOG . And order Falling into the Dragon's Mouth from your library, your local bookseller, or from Indie Bound, Amazon, or Amazon Japan.

The Language Inside is about loss, displacement, poetry, noodles, love and language. A YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults title and a 2014 Notable Books for the Language Arts selection, this verse novel includes poems and poem references. Read the story behind the story here, and download the Discussion, Writing, Activity and Service Guide for The Language Inside (LOTS of poetry prompts!) HERE.

My verse novel Orchards won the 2012 APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Bicultural Kana is a Japanese and Jewish/American girl sent from her home in New York to spend the summer with relatives in Japan after the death by suicide of a classmate. As Kana is immersed in the mikan orchards of the tiny village of Kohama she struggle to make sense of what happened.

My next picture book ties into my science background. Twilight Chant is a lyrical evocation of the transition between day and night and an exploration of the animals who thrive during this special time, is forthcoming from Clarion.



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May you have many wonderful cross cultural journeys. Safe travels to you!

Holly Thompson