Middle Grade
Jason Parker lives in Japan, has an orange belt in aikido, and doesn’t want trouble, but some kids at school just won’t leave him alone.
Young Adult
Leaving her beloved Japan after the tsunami, Emma feels as if she has left half of herself behind, but a volunteer job offers the healing properties of both poetry and romance.
After a classmate’s unexpected death, bi-racial Kana Goldberg is sent to her family’s farm in Japan to reflect on her participation in events that led up to the suicide.
Tomo This collection features thirty-six stories—including ten in translation and two graphic narratives—by authors and artists from around the world, all of whom share a connection to Japan. Tales of friendship, mystery, love, ghosts, magic, sci-fi and history take readers to Japan past and present and to Japanese communities abroad. Proceeds benefit teens affected by the 3/11/2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.
Bicultural Nanami goes seaweed gathering with her Japanese and American grandmothers. While translating for the two women she comes to understand they were at war when they were her age.
New Adult, Adult
"A wonderfully insightful novel about a young woman living within two cultures. Thompson adeptly explores the lasting bonds of friendship and the courage needed to face the past in order to embrace the future."—Gail Tsukiyama, author of Women of the Silk and The Samurai’s Garden
Short Stories, Poems, Articles and Essays
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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