Historical Fiction: Japan and Korea


Gratz, Alan. Samurai shortstop
While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.

Hoobler, Dorothy. The ghost in the Tokaido Inn
While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan.

Paterson, Katherine. The master puppeteer 
A thirteen-year-old boy describes the poverty and discontent of eighteenth century Osaka and the world of puppeteers in which he lives.

Pray, Ralph. Jingu: The hidden princess
In fourth-century Japan, a princess lives a life of loneliness and learning until she makes a secret friend, but her destiny forbids that they ever be more than friends.

Whitesel, Cheryl Aylward. Blue fingers: a ninja's tale
Having failed apprenticeship as a dye maker, Koji is captured and forced to train as a ninja, where he remains disloyal until he discovers samurai have burned his former village.

Korea, North & South

Choi, Sook Nyul. Echoes of the white giraffe 
Fifteen-year-old Sookan adjusts to life in the refugee village in Pusan but continues to hope that the civil war will end and her family will be reunited in Seoul.

Kim, Helen. The long season of rain 
When an orphan boy comes to live with her family, eleven-year-old Junehee begins to realize that the demands placed on S. Korean women can destroy their lives.

Park, Linda Sue. The kite fighters
In Korea in 1473, eleven-year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born son receives special treatment from their father, and combines his kite-flying skill with Kee-sup's kite-making skill in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition.

Park, Linda Sue. A single shard 
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

Park, Linda Sue. When my name was Keoko 
With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.