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Exciting News! MS Teacher Mike Currinder has published his debut novel!

September 7, 2017 Leave a comment
We have exciting news!  ASIJ MS teacher, Mike Currinder, has just published his debut YA novel, Running Full Tilt  He’s already getting great reviews. Kirkus Reviews posted: Currinder’s quiet debut explores the complexities of living with a sibling with disabilities.” From Publisher’s Weekly: “The story is both tender and unabashedly honest.”
Running Full Tilt is also on this year’s 2018 HS Sakura Book Award shortlist.   

Featured Sakura Medal Books for November!

November 8, 2016 Leave a comment

This image may be republished, BUFFALO SOLDIER By Tanya Landman Published by Walker Books ISBN 978 1 4063 1459 5 This cover is for Sunday Young Post book review to be published on March 13, 2016.

“What kind of a girl steals the clothes from a dead man’s back and runs off to join the army? A desperate one. That’s who. At the end of the American Civil War, Charley – a young African-American slave from the deep south – is ostensibly freed. But then her adopted mother is raped and lynched at the hands of a mob and Charley is left alone. In a terrifyingly lawless land, where the colour of a person’s skin can bring violent death, Charley disguises herself as a man and joins the army. Soon she’s being sent to the prairies to fight a whole new war against the ‘savage Indians’. Trapped in a world of injustice and inequality, it’s only when Charley is posted to Apache territory that she begins to learn what it is to be truly free”–Publishers website












When Iranian-American Kamran Smith learns that his big brother, Darius, has been labelled a terrorist, he sets out to piece together the codes and clues that will save his brother’s life and his country from a deadly terrorist attack

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SAIL Credit for Reading!

October 14, 2016 Leave a comment

ASIJ HS students!


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9th Grade – Speed Dating with Books and Library Orientations

September 3, 2015 Leave a comment

The 9th grade students have visited the library twice in the past few days. The first time was to get acquainted with some great books, such as our new Sakura Medal titles and books recommended by the library staff. They sat in circles and spent one minute each with five books. Then they discussed the five books with the others in their circle. The second visit was a library orientation. The students worked in teams to discover information about both the physical and virtual library and then presented what they had learned to the rest of the class. Topics covered included the Online Databases, the Citation and Creative Commons Guide, the Destiny Library Catalog, the Sakura Medal Program, the fiction genres in the library, the Tech Help Desk, and rules around borrowing computer chargers, books, Kindles, iPads and other library materials.

Speed Dating with Books

Speed Dating with Books

9th Grade Library Orientation

9th Grade Library Orientation


ASIJ HS Sakura Medal Art Semifinalists

April 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Congratulations to Maya C, Paris K, Emma K, Anna L., Marika A, and Erina Y!  Their work was selected by a panel of judges to be ASIJ’s submissions to the Sakura Medal 2015 Art Competition in the HS English and HS Japanese categories.

You can see the submissions from all the schools participating in the art competition on the HS library website.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Prize Drawing on May 4.

We wish our ASIJ contestants the best of luck!

The Sakura Medal 2013 Art Winners

2013 Art Winners 

English Picture Book # 8
St. Mary’s International School

Japanese Picture Book # 9
International School of the Sacred Heart

English Chapter Book # 4

St. Mary’s International School

Japanese Chapter Book #5

Doshisha International School, Kyoto

English Middle School  # 7
St. Mary’s International School


Japanese Middle School #1

St. Mary’s International School

English High School #4
The American School in Japan


Japanese High School # 1

K International School

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The Sakura Medal 2013 Winners!

English Picture Book 

E-mergency!  by Tom Lichtenheld



English Chapter Book 

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon

English Middle School Book 

Legend by Marie Lu

English High School Book (Tie)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 


Japanese Picture Book

地球をほる (Chikyu wo Horu) by  川端誠(Kawabata, Makoto)   


Chapter Book (Tie)

あけちゃダメ! (Akecha Dame!) by  小川英子
by (Ogawa Hideko)




一円大王さま (Ichienn Daiou Sama) by すとうあさえ
by(Suto Asae)


Japanese Middle School Book

ぼくらのメリークリスマス (Bokura no Merii Kurisumasu )
by  宗田理  (Souda Osamu)

Japanese High School Book 

(Biburia Koshodoo no Jiken Techoo – Shioriko-san to Kimyou na Kyakujin Tachi)    by  三上延(Mikami En) 

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