Season 8 - Episodes 1 & 2 - A China Adventure

A China Adventure

Join Lauren and the Reading Bug on an amazing adventure to China. Once there, see the sights, discover a new friendship, witness the magic and mythology of the Monkey King, and try and stay out of trouble!

Books Mentioned in this Podcast

The Year of the Dog (A Pacy Lin Novel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316060028
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2007

When Pacy's mom tells her that this is a good year for friends, family, and "finding herself," Pacy begins searching right away. As the year goes on, she struggles to find her talent, deals with disappointment, makes a new best friend, and discovers just why the Year of the Dog is a lucky one for her after all. This funny and profound book is a wonderful debut novel by award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator Grace Lin, and young readers will be sure to love and treasure it for years to come.

Kai and the Monkey King: Brownstone's Mythical Collection 3 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781912497522
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Published: Flying Eye Books - August 3rd, 2021

When Kai grows tired of her bookish mum not being adventurous enough for a Brownstone, she decides to seek out the mischievous and rebellious Monkey King - who she's always been told to stay away from. Will he bring her the adventure she craves, or will he cause her more trouble than he's worth?

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780152019839
Published: Clarion Books - October 1st, 2002

Filled with delectable recipes, hands-on family activities, and traditional tales to read aloud, this extraordinary collection will inspire families everywhere to re-create the magic of Chinese holidays in their own homes. They can feast on golden New Year's dumplings and tasty moon cakes, build a miniature boat for the Dragon Boat Festival and a kite at Qing Ming, or share the story of the greedy Kitchen God or the valiant warrior Hou Yi.

American Born Chinese Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250811899
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Published: First Second - February 23rd, 2021

A tour-de-force by New York Times bestselling graphic novelist Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny's life with his yearly visits. Their lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable. American Born Chinese is an amazing ride, all the way up to the astonishing climax.

Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move Cover Image
By John Himmelman, John Himmelman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250090492
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Published: Square Fish - October 11th, 2016

With even more fun, adventures, and wisdom than before, Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move by author/artist John Himmelman continues to charm in this beguilingly funny chapter book series on one bunny's feats in martial arts. The lively story about a kind and wise rabbit, with two-color illustrations, will appeal to young martial arts fans.

Who Was Bruce Lee? (Who Was?) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780448479491
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Published: Penguin Workshop - May 1st, 2014

Bruce Lee was a Chinese American action film star, martial arts instructor, filmmaker, and philosopher. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim. Through such films as Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon, Lee helped to change the way Asians were presented in American films and, in the process, he became an iconic figure known throughout the world. Although he died at the young age of 32, Bruce Lee is widely considered to be the one of the most influential martial artists of all time.

Other Great Books for You to Explore: 
Girl Giant and the Monkey King Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250240415
Availability: In Our Warehouse - Expected arrival in 2-5 days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - December 1st, 2020

China Room: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593298145
Availability: In Our Warehouse - Expected arrival in 2-5 days
Published: Viking - July 13th, 2021

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Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny Cover Image
By John Himmelman, John Himmelman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250068064
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Published: Square Fish - October 13th, 2015


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