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Fiction Browsing Guide for Asia Collections: Manga; Harry Potter; Children's & Young Adult Lit

This is a guide to fiction and literature in the Asia Collections of Kroch Library.


Kroch Library has a large collection of manga, the classics as well as current popular titles.  They are located in call number section PN 6790 on the Mezzanine in the Asia bookstacks.   (See our earlier exhibit on manga in Kroch Library hallway and online at Storylines.)

Manga are arranged by country, for example, manga from Japan are in PN 6790 J3;  from Korea, in PN 6790 K6.      

To search the library catalog for manga from a particular country, use "graphic novels [country name]" in the Subject field. For example, a search for "graphic novels Japan" in the Subject field has 300 results.                                  

Harry Potter

The J.K. Rowling books translated into Asian languages are in call number section PR 6068 on the Mezzanine.  They include 7 in Thai, 6 in Bengali, 5 in Hindi and 1 in Chinese.

Examples:  แฮรี่ พอตเตอร์กับศิลาอาถรรพ์   (Thai: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone); 

Hyāri Paṭāra ayānḍa dya cembāra aba sikreṭasa   (Bengali:  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets); 

Hairī Pôṭara aura Azkābāna kā qaidī   (Hindi:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban):

利波特与死亡圣器   (Chinese: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

Childen's literature

Most of the children's and young adult fiction and literature are in the Mezzanine, in the general call number section PZ, with some larger picture- and story-books on level 1 in oversize (+) and double oversize (++).    The collection includes books in Asian languages, stories from Asia in English, and dual-language books which have the original language or script and an English translation.  (Those books can be helpful in beginning language learning.)

Example:   The Little Kokeshi Doll from Fukushima (Kokeshi no hanashi)  by Sunny Seki.  In Japanese (script) and English, a tale about how the kokeshi doll was invented.  PZ90 J3 S388 +  

The Mouse Bride: A Chinese Folktale (Co Dau Chuot)  by Monica Chang & Nguyen Ngoc Ngan.   In Vietnamese and English, fable about a father mouse trying to find the strongest beau to marry his daughter.    PZ90 V5 C436x 1994 +