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Historical Fiction: Ancient Asia

[Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.]

Lower Grades (K-3)

  1. Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac-Young (3.3/0.5)
  2. Day of the Dragon King-Osborne (3.3/1)
  3. The Empress and the Silkworm-Hong (4.4/0.5)
  4. The Emperor’s Army: A Mathematical Adventure-Pilegard (5.4/0.5)
  5. The Emperor’s Painting: A Story of Ancient China-Gunderson (3.8/0.5)
  6. Fa Mulan-San Souci (4.8/0.5)
  7. The Jade Dragon: A Story of Ancient China-Gunderson (3.2/0.5)
  8. The Long Silk Strand-Williams (4.1/0.5) (Japan)
  9. Piecing Earth and Sky Together: A Creation Story from the Mien Tribe of Laos-Day (2.8/0.5)
  10. The Silk Princess-Santore (5.5/0.5)
  11. Stranger on the Silk Road: A Story of Ancient China-Gunderson (3.4/0.5)
  12. The Terracotta Girl: A Story of Ancient China-Gunderson (3.5/0.5)
  13. The Warlord’s Fish-Pilegard (4.6/0.5)
  14. The Warlord’s Kites-Pilegard (4.7/0.5)
  15. The Warlord’s Messengers-Pilegard (4.6/0.5)
  16. What the Rat Told Me: A Legend of the Chinese Zodiac-Sellier (4.6/0.5)

 Middle Grades (4-8)

  1. Building the Great Wall of China: An Isabel Soto History Adventure-Collins (3.9/0.5)NF (graphic novel)
  2. The Ch’I-Lin Purse:  A Collection of Ancient Chinese Stories-Fang (5.3/3)
  3. Five Heavenly Emperors: Chinese Myths of Creation-Zhang (5.7/1)
  4. Guan Yu: Blood Brothers to the End-Jolley (4.7/1) (Graphic Novel)
  5. Horse Road-Harrison (7.1/13)
  6. Life in Ancient China-Challen (7.3/10)NF
  7. You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Great Wall of China!-Morley (6.2/0.5) NF

 Upper Grades (9-12)

  1. Oracle Bones, Stars, and Wheelbarrows-Ross (9.7/7) NF



Photo of Lhasa River courtesy of Anne Roberts

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