Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
The novel involves a mysterious diary belonging to Nao Yasutani, a sixteen year old girl living in Tokyo. Nao is bullied by classmates and plans to escape her sense of loneliness by taking her own life. Before she does she makes a commitment to write about her 104 year old Grandmother’s life as a Buddhist nun.
Nao’s world collides with that of Ruth, a novelist from British Columbia, who finds Nao's diary in a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore. As Ruth reads Nao’s words, she becomes determined to solve the mystery of Nao’s life, believing she may have been a victim of the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, was created by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) to honor individual works by writers who have made a commitment to promote works about Asian/Pacific Americans and their rich heritage.Works written in English are nominated based on their content as it relates to Asian/Pacific American experiences.
These awards are based on artistic merit.
Here is a list of other 2013-2014 APALA winners:
1. Picture Book Winner: Red Kite, Blue Kite by Ji-li Jiang
2. Children’s Literature Winner: The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata.
3. Young Adult Literature: Jet Black and the Ninja Wind* by Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani.
4. Adult Non-Fiction Winner: Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race During the Cold War by Cindy I-Fen Cheng.
*Denver Public Library does not carry these titles. They can be obtained through Prospector or Interlibrary Loan.