Friday, May 2, 2014

We Need Diverse Books (Review Archive)

The We Need Diverse Books Campaign is taking place May 1-3, 2014

In case you're looking for a some diverse novels to read, here's a list of some of the Young Adult and Middle Grade books I've reviewed on the blog over the years. I definitely feel like this list should be longer, and I will continue to make an effort to support diversity in literature. (note: some books fit in more than one category) LAST UPDATED: Dec 22, 2014

POC Authors and/or Characters:

Dualed by Elsie Chapman
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Hooked by Liz Fichera
Fake ID by Lamar Giles
Half Lives by Sara Grant
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland (on GoodReads)

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
Choker by Elizabeth Woods
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (France)
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner (France)
The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Cuba)
The Specialists: Native Tongue by Shannon Greenland (South America)
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick (Iraq)
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (Sudan)
The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson (Kosovo)
Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins (Myanmar)
Latitude Zero by Diana Renn (Ecuador)
Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag (France)
Wanderlust by Lucy Silag (France)
The Waking: Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall (Japan)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (France)
Like a Thorn by Clara Vidal (France)
Soldier X by Don Wulffson (Russia/Germany)

Books dealing with religion:

The Right & The Real by Joelle Anthony
Drought by Pam Bachorz
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante
Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
This Side of Salvation by Jeri-Smith Ready
Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

How many of these have you read?


Unknown said...

Oh, thanks for this list--will be checking some of these out for sure. Another good one on the topic of religion is Once Was Lost/What We Lost, by Sara Zarr!

Lenore Appelhans said...

Hi Catey,

I actually do have Once Was Lost on my shelf - just need to read and review.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lucy said...

Hi Lenore! Thank you so much for including my books in this round up. I am incredibly proud to be a party of it.

All three books in the series feature a POC main character and a GLBTQ character, too!

Diversity in books is incredibly important to me, too. Great campaign!!


Lenore Appelhans said...

Hi Lucy -

I have the 3rd book EXPERIENCED on my shelf and need to get to it soon.

Nice to hear from you!