[Free eBook] Ganesh by Malcolm Bosse [Award-Winning YA India Expat Multicultural Coming of Age Novel]

Ganesh by the late Malcolm Bosse, an American novelist praised for his depictions of Asian culture and history and a recipient of Germany’s Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis recognizing outstanding works of children’s literature, is a vintage standalone young adult literary coming of age novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1982 by Chatto & Windhus and was later reprinted under the title Ordinary Magic, and was the novel which won the author the 1983 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in the “youth book” category.

The story takes place in India and the US, starring the India-born teenaged son of expat American missionaries who is thoroughly acclimatized to local ways, experiencing culture clash when he must adapt to “foreign” life as circumstances force him to start over with his aunt in the Midwest, drawing upon the Hindu traditions of his old friends from the village for strength and inspiration in the attempt to make new friends in town and when the future of his new home comes under threat.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa & The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee [Young Adult Asian Myth-Based Historical & Urban Fantasy]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of mythology-based adventure fantasy, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 16th, are as follows:

  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, the 1st novel in the eponymous series of YA fantasy with strong f/m romantic elements drawing upon Japanese folklore, set in a loosely historical world where a half-human, half-kitsune raised by monks flees the destruction of her home temple with a piece of a powerful ancient scroll, sought by many hunters including a samurai with whom she forms an uneasy alliance under the impression that she will lead him to it, in order to survive; read by Joy Osmanski, Brian Nishii, Emily Woo Zeller, from HarperAudio, available worldwide
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee, a YA urban fantasy drawing upon the Chinese tales of the Monkey King Sun Wukong, starring a girl in San Francisco who discovers her hidden supernatural powers and tries to balance her suburban high school life with a mythological invasion, with the help of an annoying exchange student from China who claims to know far too much about what’s going on; read by Nancy Wu, from Recorded Books, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 16th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).