A Note from Holly Thompson
My new verse novel, Falling into the Dragon's Mouth will be published by Henry Holt in 2016. Falling into the Dragon's Mouth is a story about a boy who practices aikido while struggling to find his way as an outsider in his Japanese school and seaside community in Japan.
My new picture book, Twilight Chant, 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.
The Language Inside was a YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults title, a 2014 Notable Books for the Language Arts title, a 2014 Bank Street Books Best Books selection, and a Notable Book for a Global Society 2014. Learn a bit about the story behind the story here. The Discussion, Writing, Activity and Service Guide, with discussion questions, poetry prompts, essay topics, extension activities and service ideas, for The Language Inside is HERE.
Orchards received the 2012 APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. 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 suicide of a classmate. Join Kana as she is immersed in the mikan orchards of the tiny village of Kohama trying to make sense of what happened.
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