2002 Michael L. Printz Award

2001 National Book Award Finalist 

2002 International Reading Association Children's Book Award

2005 California Collections Selection

2005 Asian American Booklist, Grades 9 and Up, Read Across America, National Education Association

2001 - 2003 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, Text in Children and Young Adult Fiction – Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association

2004 Reading List – Women's Division Reading Program Committee, General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church

2003 - 2004 Gateway Readers Award Nominee, Missouri Association of School Libraries

2003 - 2004 William Allen White Children's Book Award master list 

2002 Notable Books for a Global Society – International Reading Association

2002 Notable Children's Book – American Library Association

2002 Best Book for Young Adults – American Library Association

2002 Children's Books of Distinction Award – Riverbank Review

2002 Fanfare Book – The Horn Book Honor List

2002 Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award

2002 CCBC Choices

2002 Children's Literature Choice List

2002 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Master List

2002 Amelia Bloomer Project List

2002 White Ravens – International Youth Library of Munich

2002 Notable Books for the Language Arts – NCTE

2002 Notable Books for a Global Society, Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest group of the IRA

2001 Editor's Choice – Booklist

2001 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

2001 Best Books – School Library Journal

2001 Kiriyama Prize Notable Book Shortlist

2001 Best Children's Books – Publishers Weekly

2001 Best Book –

2001 Book LInks Lasting Connections

2001 Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children

2001 Top 10 Youth First Novels – Booklist

Junior Library Guild Selection