- The Last Aloha, by Gaellen Quinn. 2009.
woman moves to Hawaii to live with her missionary relatives and becomes
involved in events leading to the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
- The Last Child, by John Hart. 2009.
A 13-year old boy sets out to find his twin sister, who has been missing for a year and is presumed dead.
The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks. 2010.
A seventeen-year-old girl and her
brother are sent to spend the summer with their father.
The Last Summer of You and Me, by Ann Brasheares. 2008.
Two twenty-something sisters return for the summer on Fire
Island and face changes in their lives and friendships.
Last Village in Kona, by Mason Altiery. 1986.
Kawika Kanahele, his grandfather and a friend try to reclaim an era and
culture that are fast disappearing
Legend of Fire
Horse Woman, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. 2003.
generations of Japanese women struggle with life
in America and cope with living in an internment camp
of the Fall, by Jim Harrison. c1978, 1994.
an epic story of Montana brothers who are ranchers
- Light in
the Forest, by Conrad Richter. 1953.
a young white boy adopted by Indians must return to his original family
Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel. translation, 1992.
"a tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook and
home-remedy handbook all rolled into one"
Links, by Nuruddin Farah. 2004.
A man returns to Somalia after 20 years and helps his friend
find a kidnapped girl taken by a rival warlord.
Woman, by Tony Hillerman. 1978.
two Navajo tribal policemen work together to solve the mystery of two
murders of a young girl and an old man. Another mystery by the author
is Coyote Waits
- Live and
Let Die, by Ian Fleming, 1954, 1982
007 agent James Bond is undercover on a case that leads him to Jamaica
and Florida where he searches for the KGB's illegal use of pirate's
treasures; 007 is same character in Goldfinger
- Lord of the Deep,
by Graham Salisbury. 2001.
a 13 year old boy spends time on his stepfather's fishing boat in
Hawai`i, and learns some valuable lessons about life
- Lord of
the Flies, by William Golding. 1954, 1975.
"a group of English schoolboys marooned on an uninhabited island test
the values of civilization"
- Lori, by John Wilson. 1989.
a young girl struggles to grow up during the 1960's while living in the
cane fields of North Queensland, Australia
by Alice Sebold. 2002.
the voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events
of her death and builds out of her family's grief a hopeful and joyful
- Love Story,
by Erich Segal. 1970.
a college girl falls in love with a preppie football jock from Harvard
- Lucky Come Hawaii,
by Jon Shirota. 1965.
the story of an Okinawan family living on Maui during the attack on
Magician's Nephew, by C.S. Lewis. 1955.
the 1st of seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia
series; "the secret passage to the house next door leads to a
and the Place of Refuge, by Jerry Cunnyngham. 1997.
Makoa's only chance to save his life, after breaking a kapu, is to run
to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) before he is caught
- The Man
from the Other Side, by Uri Orlev. 1991.
the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II is the setting for several young
boys who blackmail a Jew whom they caught escaping from the Ghetto
Maravilla, by Alfredo Vea, Jr. 1993.
in 1958, "three thousand years of history and the myths of many
cultures, as well as the fates of a dozen unforgettable characters,
will all collide" in the hot, Phoenix-area desert
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People, by Parahad Lama. 2009.
A bored retired man starts a matchmaking business to pass
the time in Vizag, a city on India’s eastern coast.
by Margaret Mahy. 1987.
an elderly, impoverished woman who has Alzheimer's disease is
befriended by a 19 year old boy
Milagro Beanfield War, by John Nichols. 1974.
a story of conflicts surrounding the preservation of a way of life;
includes encounters with a family ghost
Mililani Mauka, by Chris McKinney. 2009.
The fate of
two families in Honolulu.
Alan Brennert. 2003.
A girl is
sent to Kalaupapa after being diagnosed with leprosy.
Molokai Nui Ahina: Summers on the Lonely
Isle, by Kirby Wright. 2007.
brothers spend summers
on Molokai with their grandmother and encounter the other island
Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey. 1975.
environmentalists battle developers in sometimes funny but tragic ways
Mosquito, by Roma Tearne. 2008.
A novelist returns to Sri Lanka after the death of his wife
and encounters a place on the verge of civil war.
Moved-Outers, by Florence Crannell Means. 1945.
a Japanese American teenager and her family are forced into an
internment camp during WW II
- Mrs. Mike,
by Benedict & Nancy Freedman. 1976.
maturing effect of marriage on a 16-year old girl
Message Down Under, by Marlo Morgan. c1994.
an American woman travels to Australia and goes on a journey to find
out more about herself
- My Antonia,
by Willa Cather. 1993.
"a New York lawyer recalls his boyhood days in Nebraska and his
friendship with a young Bohemian immigrant girl"
Darling, My Hamburger, by Paul Zindel. 1969.
four high school seniors learn tough lessons about their relationships
- My Name Is Loa: A
Story of Exile, Adventure, and Romance on the Island of Molokai,
by Dorothea Buckingham. 1999.
in 1898, the life of 15 year-old Loa, who wants to be a doctor, takes
an abrupt turn when he's diagnosed with leprosy and banished to Moloka`i
by Jodi Picoult. 2004.
to provide a bone marrow
match for her leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Kate begins to question
moral obligations in light of countless medical procedures and decides
for the right to make decisions about her own body
Mystery of the Anasazi at Frijoles Canyon, by Suzanne Kita.
the disappearance of the Ancient Ones (aka Anasazi), ancestors of the
Pueblo's, is the highlight of a family's visit to Bandelier National
Monument in New Mexico
My Year of Meats, by Ruth L. Ozeki. 1999.
A Japanese-American documentary filmmaker is hired to
produce a television show that encourages the consumption of beef.
Speaker, by Chang-rae Lee. 1995.
a Korean immigrant settles in New York and becomes a spy; his culture
and traditional beliefs are challenged by his duties
- Nectar in
a Sieve, by Kamala Markandaya. 1955.
young, married East Indian peasant couple struggle to keep their family
Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith. 2002.
novel of a popular series of a detective in Africa.
- No-No Boy,
by John Okada. 1976.
a novel of Issei and Nisei
Nicholas Sparks. 1996.
80-year-old man reads from his diary to his wife, suffering from
Alzheimer's, the story of their teenage romance, followed by years of
because he was from the wrong class, followed by her decision, on his
from World War II, to be her own woman and marry him
by Joy Kogawa. 1994.
Japanese Canadians suffer persecution and relocation during World War
- Of Mice
and Men, by John Steinbeck. 1937, 1993.
two farm workers form an unlikely friendship
- Of Such
Small Differences, by Joanne Greenberg. 1988.
a deaf-blind man makes the transition "into the sighted/hearing world"
- The Old
Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway. 1985.
fishing tale about the biggest marlin Cuban villagers have ever seen
- On the
Road, by Jack Kerouac. 1955.
a novel of the 1950's that became the Bible for the Beat Generation
- The Once
& Future King, by T.H. White. 1958.
the epic of King Arthur
- Once Were
Warriors, by Alan Duff. 1990.
frustrations of a contemporary Maori woman living in an urban ghetto
amidst drug abuse, gangs, and domestic violence
- One Bird,
by Kyoko Mori. 1996.
a teenager, affected by the divorce of her parents, finds inspiration
working with sick and injured animals
- One Flew
Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey. 1976.
about abused patients in a mental institution
Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. 1967.
gang warfare between rich and poor kids
Incident, by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. 1940.
a lynching and mob justice are the themes of this Western
- The Pearl,
John Steinbeck. 1945, 1992.
a young, poor couple finds a rare treasure that changes their life
A Person of Interest, by Susan Choi. 2009.
Wrongfully implicated when a mail bomb claims the life of a
beloved computer scientist, math professor Lee receives a threatening letter
that compels him to confront key events in his life, an exercise that
inadvertently renders him all the more suspicious.
by Janice Y.K. Lee. 2009.
Hong Kong a woman newly married to a
bland postwar British government official, lucks into a job as piano
the untalented young daughter of the powerful and wealthy couple
- Picture Bride, by Yoshiko Uchida. 1997.
with only a photograph of the man she will wed, a young Japanese woman
arrives in San Francisco in 1917 to start a new life but endears many
hardships, including World War II
- The Pigman,
by Paul Zindel. 1968.
three unlikely friends--two sophmore girls and an old man-- find their
relationship torn apart by a secret
- Pigs in
Heaven, by Barbara Kingsolver. 1993.
a young girl witnesses a freak, near tragic accident and because of her
insistence, the victim is rescued. The accident causes the girl and her
mother to be involved in a bizarre twist of events that lead them to
the Cherokee Nation and that test their family bond. Sequel to The
- The Plum
Plum Pickers, by Ramond Barrio. 1969.
Chicago migrant workers
From the Edge, by Carrie Fisher. 1987.
the ups and downs in the life of an actress
by Albert Wendt. 1977, 1985.
a Samoan alii's family life in a village
- The Power of the
Stone: A Hawaiian Ghost Story, by Shiho S. Nunes and
paintings by Herb Kawainui Kane. 2001.
twin brothers on Oahu discover a mysterious stone shaped like a human
face that has links to ancient Hawaiian relics and that belongs in a
natural resting place, not a museum
Prince and the Pauper, by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). 1984.
a prince and a poor boy trade places during 16th century England
Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High
Adventure, by William Goldman. 1998.
"what happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the
handsomest prince in the world and he turns out to be an SOB"?
Primitive Secrets, by Deborah Turrell
Kayama, a Honolulu Attorney, investigates the murder of her uncle, and defends
herself from those accusing her of committing the crime.
- The Pugets,
by Gordon Morse. 1995.
four children and an elder Native American discover 12,000 years of
history about the mythical creature, the Puget, who lived in the
inland, coastal waters of Washington State
Punahou Blues, by Kirby Wright. 2005.
A boy grows
up in 1970s Honolulu.
- Puna Kahuna: A Ben
McMillen Hawaiian Mystery, by Mark Brown.
Kona detective investigates murders related to a geothermal company's
destruction of the rainforest, Wao Kele O Puna
by E. L. Doctorow. 1974.
novel about an American family during the first decade of the 1900's
Murder in Honolulu, by Georgina M. Donovan.
owner becomes entangled in
disappearances and murder during a trip to Hawaii.
- The Red
Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane. 1895.
a young soldier faces his own mortality and cowardice during the Civil
- The Red
Pony, by John Steinbeck. 1945, 1986.
Jody's attachment to his young, fiery colt contributes to his
- The Red Shark,
by Ruth Tabrah. 1991.
an ancient shark stone is discovered on a remote, Big Island beach that
is threatened to be developed as a resort
Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, by Lloyd Alexander. 1991.
a Chinese prince searching for the legendary court of T'ienkuo is given
6 gifts to take but must show courage to learn about the meaning of the
- Riders of
the Purple Sage, by Zane Grey. 1912, 1992.
in the 1870's, a beautiful Utah ranch owner fights cattle rustlers and
betrayal of her ranch hands until a sharpshooting cowboy who wants
revenge comes to her rescue
- The River,
by Gary Paulsen. 1991.
in this sequel to Hatchet, a 15 year old boy who
survived a plane crash and lived in the wilderness, helps scientists
study the psychology of survival
- A river runs through it, and other stories,
by Norman Maclean. 1976.
a father and son learn about each other by fishing and camping together
Fish, by S.E. Hinton. 1975.
high school students and their need to belong to a group
Clowns, by Tony Hillerman. 1993.
Navajo tribal policemen try to piece together a motive for two
seemingly unrelated murders. Other mysteries by same author, Listening
Woman and Coyote Waits
One of Them, by Uwem Akpan. 2009.
A group of
stories about the resilience of children in different African countries.
Tissue, by Michael Igantieff. 1994.
a family is changed by the mother's "descent into neurological illness"
The Seven Orchids, by Ian MacMillan. 2005.
escapes a self-destructive life in Waikiki by moving to Molokai, where
uncovers an ancient koa canoe which helps her to rebuild her life
Daughter of the Wind, by Suzanne Fisher Staples. 1989.
a young Pakistani girl's nomadic life in the Cholistan Desert
by Jack Schaefer. 1949.
in 1889, a Wyoming gunfighter who is worshipped by a young boy, sides
with homesteaders in their dispute with a cattle rancher
- Shark Bait,
by Graham Salisbury. 1997.
Booley plots revenge on a sailor and Mokes must go along with his
hero's plan, but should he?
by Hermann Hesse. 1951.
a spiritual meeting of the West and the East is depicted in this story
when a young man in ancient India meets Buddha
Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris. 1988.
a young FBI trainee meets Hannibal the Cannibal
- Sing Down
the Moon, by Scott O'Dell. 1974.
a young Navaho woman's life is torn apart in the mid-1800's
Country, by Yasunari Kawabato. 1957.
the story of a geisha's only true but unattainable love
Brave, Young and
Handsome, by Leif Enger. 2008.
story of an aging train robber on a
quest to reconcile the claims of love and judgment on his life, and the
writer who goes with him
Song Yet Sung, by James McBride. 2009.
A runaway slave can see the future after suffering a head
injury and uses her gift to lead her fellow slaves to freedom in pre-Civil War
by William Armstrong. 1969.
a family's fate cannot be changed by their faithful hunting dog
- The Spy
Who Came In From the Cold, by John LeCarre. 1963, 1992.
a classic spy thriller which takes place in East Germany
Away, Joe, by Dan Cushman. 1953, 1981.
a novel depicting humorous clashes between Native American and White
- The Stone
Raft, by Jose Saramago ; translated from the Portuguese by
Giovanni Pontiero. 1996, c1995.
"when the Iberian Peninsula breaks free of Europe and begins to drift
across the North Atlantic, five people are drawn together on the newly
formed island-first by surreal events and then by love."
Stowaway, by Karen Hesse. 2000.
A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young
stowaway from 1768 to 1771 aboard the Endeavor which sailed around the world
under Captain James Cook.
in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein. 1961.
a quasi-science fiction view of human values
the Himalayas: A Spiritual Adventure, by Frederick Lenz. 1997.
a young American snowboarder seeks enlightenment in the Himalayas and
becomes an apprentice to a Buddhist monk. This is his fictionalized
version of his adventure
The Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Costova. 2010.
When renowned painter Robert Oliver
attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes a
patient of psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, Marlowe embarks on a journey that
leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy
at the heart of French Impressionism
in the Secret Sea, by William Kotzwinkle. 1994.
a couple tries to cope with the death of their newborn child
- The Swiss
Family Robinson, by Johann Wyss. 1991.
a shipwrecked family's adventures on a deserted island
- Tales of
the Tikongs, by Epeli Hau'ofa. 1983.
Tiko, a tiny make-believe island in the Pacific, is the setting for a
culture that is threatened with extinction by development. Humor and
seriousness are balanced as the local people respond
- Talking to the Dead,
by Sylvia Watanabe.
about families and their secrets in a plantation camp on Maui
Tattoo, by Chris McKinney. 2006.
A tattoo artist listens to a fellow prisoner’s life story while the Halawa Correctional facility.
Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, by Carlos
a supposed research study done by an anthropology student is really a
tale of a spiritual journey
by S. E. Hinton. 1979.
another book by the author of Rumble Fish and The
- To Kill a
Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. 1960, 1992.
a town becomes divided over an attorney's defense of a Black man
accused of raping a White woman
The Tortilla Curtain, by T.C. Boyle. 1996.
The story of illegal aliens in California, told through the
eyes of two very different couples, one well-off Anglos, the other illegal Mexicans
living in a canyon.
Flat, by John Steinbeck. 1935.
Monterey, California is the setting for a group of characters who are
impoverished, loyal, but out of the mainstream
Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. 1989.
a young boy's adventures at sea with mutinous villains
- True Grit,
by Charles Portis. 1969.
a fourteen year old girl avenges her ranching father's death
Stephenie Meyer. 2005.
seventeen-year-old Bella leaves
Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an
handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction
she comes to realize is not wholly human
- Under the Blood Red
Sun, by Graham Salisbury. 1994.
what it was like, from a young boy's perspective, to be living in
Honolulu during the attack on Pearl Harbor
of the Vampire Cat, by Lensey Namioka. 1995.
2 ronin (unemployed samurai) visit a master warrior and find his
village terrorized by a gang of bandits
Vixen, by Jillian Larkin. 2010.
In 1923 Chicago, seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody rebels against
her upcoming society wedding by visiting a speakeasy, while her Pennsylvania
cousin, Clara, hides similar tastes and her best friend, Lorraine, makes plans
of her own.
- Waimea Summer,
by John Dominis Holt. 1976.
a young man discovers his ethnic heritage at the same time he has
spiritual and ghostly
encounters during a summer spent on the Big Island
- A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks.
a trouble-making high school senior falls in love with a minister's
- War of
the Worlds, by H.G. Wells. 1895.
classic science fiction tale about a Martian invasion; radio listeners
believed the story as it was told over the air
- The Water of Kane,
by Oswald A. Bushnell, 1980
the sequel to The Stone of Kannon tells the story
of Ishi, a young Japanese immigrant during the first wave of plantation
workers arriving on Maui in the mid-1800s
- Way Out Here!
Hawaii's Own Love Story, by Jean MacKellar. 1988.
the poignant romance of Parker Kealii, a Hawaiian man of the sea, and a
pretty mainland wahine, set in Waikiki in 1949
- We Have
Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson. 1962.
a Gothic thriller about a family which lives in an isolated, remote
area and tries to keep its secrets
- The Whale
Rider, by Witi Ihimaera. 2003.
Kahu, an 8 year old girl, tries to be everything her great grandfather
wants but what he wants is a boy to become chief to carry on the tribal
duties of the Maori who live in Whangara, New Zealand
- Whalesong, by Robert Siegel. 1991.
Hruna, a humpback whale, looks for love and spirituality and finds
adventure during his search
- What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day,
by Pearl Cleage. 1998, c1997.
about Afro-American women with AIDS living in Michigan
- When I Was Five I Killed Myself, by
Howard Buten. 2000.
a English translation of the popular French novel about an autistic
- When She Hollers, by Cynthia Voigt. 1994.
a young woman . . . makes a most difficult decision: to fight back
against her adoptive father's abuse
- When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, by
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. 1994.
the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1941 is the setting for a
family that joins the resistance movement. Forced into hiding in the
jungle, they encounter much tragedy but also see hope for the future
by Rebecca Stead. 2009.
her mother prepares to be a
contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid,"
a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of
mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy
of time and space
- Where the Red Fern Grows: A Story of Two Dogs and
a Boy, by Wilson Rawls. 1974.
the three are a great hunting team and encounter joy and sadness in
Meat and the Bully Burgers: A Novel, by Lois-Ann Yamanaka.
comic but bittersweet story about love
Wild Wind: A Love Story of Maui, by Marjorie Sinclair. 1991.
a missionary's descendant marries a paniolo; their marriage is tested
by their cultures and supernatural events
The Wish Maker, by Ali Sethi. 2010.
A coming-of-age story of two Pakistanis and the world they
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by
Elizabeth George Spear. 1958.
during the French and Indian War, a witch hunt and trial take place
- With His Pistol in His Hand, by Americo
a legendary Mexican American ranchhand kills Texas sheriff in 1901
- A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula LeGuin.
a young boy is an apprentice to a Master Wizard and learns powerful
magic. He does not learn to control the power of his knowledge until
too late when he unleashes an evilness that haunts him
- Woman in the Dunes, by Kobo Abe. 1964,
contemporary Japanese literature
- Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now,
by Maya Angelou. 1993.
observations on life, death, being a woman, jealousy, etc. Author of I
Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and All God's
Children Need Traveling Shoes
- A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeline L'Engle.
the story of the adventures in space and time of three high school
Class, by Jincy Willett. 2009
instructor of a writing workshop tries to solve the murder of one of her
- The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan
a boy's attachment to his pet deer has consequences contributing to his
- A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, by Michael
"at times separated by hardships and angry secrets but always bonded by
kinship, three generations of Native American women recount their lives
in their search for self-identity"
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