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10 Recent Diverse* YA Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (Putnam Juvenile)

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (Little, Brown)

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough (Arthur A. Levine Books)

Changers Book Two: Oryon by T Cooper, Allison Glock-Cooper (Akashic Books)

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee (Flux)

King by Ellen Oh (Harperteen)

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (Arthur A. Levine Books)

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (Soho Teen)

Feral Pride by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick)

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Penguin)

* Diverse = Set in a non-Western world or inspired by a non-Western world; or with a main character who is non-white, LGBTQ+, and/or disabled

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Here’s our AMAZING Indiegogo campaign video featuring Matt de la Pena, John Green (fishingboatproceeds) , Marie Lu (marielubooks), Cindy Pon (diversityinya), Grace Lin, Lamar Giles, Tim Federle (timfederle), Jacqueline Woodson & Arthur Levine!

For more on our campaign: http://igg.me/at/diversebooks

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Unknown adult woman off camera: What’s your name?

Boy #1: Parker Lee.

Girl #1: I’m Charlotte Spencer.

Girl #2: I’m Abbie.

Boy #2: Pham.
Girl #3: Savannah.

Charlotte Spencer: I want to be a graphic designer when I grow up.

Pham: A children’s physician.

Abbie: I want to be a ballerina fashion designer.

Savannah: An artist.

Parker Lee: Happy.

Matt de la Peña: Hi, I’m Matt de la Peña and we need diverse books. I feel like I’m a living embodiment of why we need diverse books. Growing up I wasn’t a great student. I was what people call a reluctant reader. I felt like literature was a club that I didn’t belong to. Like anybody else who wasn’t good at one thing, I found other things to get involved with - for me it was sports.

I was pretty good at basketball in particular and because of basketball I became the first de la Peña to go to college. Once I was at my university, I was introduced to one specific book that changed everything for me - it’s called THE COLOR PURPLE, and it was the first time I had ever had an emotional reaction to a book; it almost moved me to tears. And from that point on I went in search of that feeling elsewhere, and I realized that books became my secret place to feel. From African American female authors I found Hispanic authors, and from that point on I felt like all I wanted to do was be a part of the world of literature. It doesn’t matter if you’re African American, Asian, disabled, part of the LGBTQ community - we all need to see ourselves in books. Because if we don’t see ourselves in books, we may not feel as connected to the human experience - the story of all of us. At the same time, books are more than mirrors, they’re also windows. I’ve always believed that reading is the ultimate form of empathy. Yes, we’d love to find ourselves in books, and read about ourselves and our own experiences, but it’s also important to read about people who aren’t like us. It’s only then that we’ll have a full understanding of the world around us.

John Green: Hi my name’s John Green and we need diverse books. I think we need diverse books because we need to reflect the reality of our communities and that reality is a very diverse one. One of the magical things about reading to me is that it helps me to imagine the life outside of myself.

Grace Lin: These books give all readers a glimpse into a culture that they may not be familiar with.

Marie Lu: I was a huge reader when I was a kid, but I didn’t see a lot of myself in the books that I was reading.

Lamar Giles: I remember in my later teens running across a book called BLOOD BROTHERS by Steven Barnes. That was pretty much the time when I saw something that really made me feel like I was seeing a piece of myself in the work.

Tim Federle: I’m trying to think when I was a kid, what the most sort of diverse book was that I read and I’m having a hard time thinking of it, which is, I think in a way, what underscores the entire campaign.

Jacqueline Woodson: I didn’t know women, black women, could write books, and I didn’t know why I didn’t know this.

Cindy Pon: I don’t want my children to grow up like me - not having read anybody that, you know, looks like them.

Arthur Levine: When you read, you’re reading to discover the essential truths in life.

Marie Lu: Everybody should be able to go to a bookstore, or a library, and look at the shelves and be able to see themselves looking back.

Matt de la Peña: So now you know why our diverse books campaign is so important. If we can reach our campaign goal, this will just be the beginning of us putting diverse books into the hands of young readers. Giving children diverse books and getting them into reading in general will open up so many doors for them. And I know, because that’s what diverse books did for me.

Join us. Donate and share this message, so the story of all of us, becomes everyone’s story.

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Happy LGBT Pride Month! To celebrate, watch this video from the authors of The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes To Their Younger Selves!

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Finalists for the 2014 Bisexual Book Awards:

(listed alphabetically by title)

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc.]

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African-American Interest Young Readers Titles, 2014–2015

Current and forthcoming African-American interest books for young readers published between September 2014 and March 2015.

Get ready to add more books to your TBR pile!

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New Releases » April 28

Here’s a selection of new YA novels hitting shelves this week!

U.S.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: April 28th
When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy. Elias is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling.

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: April 28th
As online life collides with real life, things spiral out of control for Lara. When the truth starts to come together, the backlash is even more devastating than anyone could have ever imagined.

Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Release date: April 28th
In the most magical town in America, Lila finds herself putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair after some nasty characters bring their Family feud into her friend’s pawn shop.

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release date: April 28th
Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. And now … Henry and Flora. For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. And Death has always won. Always.

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: April 28th
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 28th
Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds.

Invincible (Invincible #1) by Amy Reed
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: April 28th
Evie was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago. Then Evie meets Marcus. She knows that he’s trouble, but she can’t help falling for him. Being near him makes her feel truly alive.

Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: April 28th
Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother’s “plan” for high school success until all the lies and insults she’s ever said are taped to all the lockers in school.

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: April 28th
When Ryder emails Amy asking her out, her friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed. But Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And she realizes that she might actually like him.

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: April 28th
Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time.

The Replaced (The Taking #2) by Kimberley Derting
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 28th
Kyra hasn’t been the same since she returned from her mysterious five-year disappearance. Now, on the run, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned.

Rogue (Talon #2) by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 28th
Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her. Determined to save Garret, Ember must convince Cobalt to break into the Order’s headquarters.

Rook by Sharon Cameron
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: April 28th
In the Sunken City, all who oppose the revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 28th
Madison Parker is on fast-forward. Jesse McMann is stuck on repeat. Slowly but surely, Jesse and Maddie forge a friendship, but do they have what it takes to make their relationship truly sync?

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Release date: April 28th
When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy.

Trouble from the Start by Rachel Hawthorne
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 28th
Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy. Fletcher knows he shouldn’t bother with daughter-of-a-cop Avery. But when their paths cross, neither can deny the spark.

Fire & Chasm by Chelsea M. Campbell
Publisher: Skyscape
Release date: May 1st
Azeril is a ward of the Church, and their most cunning weapon. Az has no memory of his life before the Church, until one night, when a wizard recognizes him from his past.

AUSTRALIA

Footy Dreaming by Michael Hyde
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release date: May 1st
Ben and Noah play on opposing teams in a footy-obsessed town. They each dream of playing on the G - and this is their make or break season. Tensions rise as sledging goes too far.

One True Thing by Nicole Hayes
Publisher: Random House Australia
Release date: May 1st
Frankie is used to being a politician’s daughter, but with her mum now running for Premier, life’s a whole lot crazier than usual. All Frankie wants is to lose herself in her music.

A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
Publisher: Walker Australia
Release date: May 1st
Every girl dreams of being part of the line. But what happens when a discovery makes Jena question everything she has ever known? What happens when moving a single stone changes everything?

CANADA

The Merit Birds by Kelley Powell
Publisher: Dundurn
Release date: May 2nd
Tragedy strikes and Cam finds himself falsely accused of a crime. His freedom depends on a person he’s never met. A person who knows that the only way to restore his merit is to confess.

U.K.

Grey (The Romany Outcasts #1) by Christi J. Whitney
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Release date: April 30th
Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager, but when strangers arrive in town, Sebastian soon realizes that his world is nothing at all what it seemed.

Better Left Buried by Emma Haughton
Publisher: Usbourne
Release date: May 1st
Sarah never knew her brother was hiding a dark secret when he died. But now his reckless actions have led the wolves to her door. And the only way out is for her to run.

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt
Publisher: Usbourne
Release date: May 1st
Limpet, Steffan and Jared. Three best friends crammed into a clapped-out rust bucket of a car on a whirlwind road trip to forget their troubles and see out the end of the summer.

Bad Bones by Graham Marks
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Release date: May 4th
When Gabe stumbles across a shallow grave he doesn’t think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he’s awakening.

The Summer Prince

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2013)

WorldCat summary: “In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três’ matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.”

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Native American Heritage Month

Dr. Debbie Reese has compiled an excellent list of Native Reads. If you haven’t seen it yet, please take a look. Native American Heritage Month is almost over, but obviously the books are excellent choices all year long. There are suggestions for readers from pre-school through high school. In addition, there is a helpful collection of action steps people can take to make a difference. Here are a few of my favorite titles from her list.

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
Arthur A. Levine Books

Rich in Color Group Discussion

Lewis “Shoe” Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975: the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof. What he’s not used to is white people being nice to him — people like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys connect through their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie more and more to hide the reality of his family’s poverty from George. He also has to deal with the vicious Evan Reininger, who makes Lewis the special target of his wrath. But when everyone else is on Evan’s side, how can he be defeated? And if George finds out the truth about Lewis’s home — will he still be his friend?

Acclaimed adult author Eric Gansworth makes his YA debut with this wry and powerful novel about friendship, memory, and the joy of rock ‘n’ roll.


Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection Vol.1 edited by Hope Nicholson
Alternate History Comics Inc.

My Review

Produced by AH Comics Inc. (Titan: An Alternate History, Delta, Hobson’s Gate, Jewish Comix Anthology) and edited by Hope Nicholson (Brok Windsor, Lost Heroes, Nelvana of the Northern Lights), MOONSHOT brings together dozens of creators from across North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling.

From traditional stories to exciting new visions of the future, this collection presents some of the finest comic book and graphic novel work in North America. The traditional stories presented in the book are with the permission from the elders in their respective communities, making this a truly genuine, never-before-seen publication. MOONSHOT is an incredible collection that is sure to amaze, intrigue and entertain!


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.


House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle
Cinco Puntos Press

“The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of Skullyville.” Thus begins Rose Goode’s story of her growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma. Skullyville, a once-thriving Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers, culminating in the arson on New Year’s Eve, 1896, of New Hope Academy for Girls. Twenty Choctaw girls died, but Rose escaped. She is blessed by the presence of her grandmother Pokoni and her grandfather Amafo, both respected elders who understand the old ways. Soon after the fire, the white sheriff beats Amafo in front of the town’s people, humiliating him. Instead of asking the Choctaw community to avenge the beating, her grandfather decides to follow the path of forgiveness. And so unwinds this tale of mystery, Indian-style magical realism, and deep wisdom. It’s a world where backwoods spiritualism and Bible-thumping Christianity mix with bad guys; a one-legged woman shop-keeper, her oaf of a husband, herbal potions, and shape-shifting panthers rendering justice. Tim Tingle—a scholar of his nation’s language, culture, and spirituality—tells Rose’s story of good and evil with understanding and even laugh-out-loud Choctaw humor.


Beyond the many fabulous books Dr. Debbie Reese recommended, I would also add one more:

Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend by Erika T. Wurth
Curbside Splendor

My Review || Interview with Erika T. Wurth

Margaritte is a sharp-tongued, drug-dealing, sixteen-year-old Native American floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse. She hates the burnout, futureless kids surrounding her and dreams that she and her unreliable new boyfriend can move far beyond the bright lights of Denver that float on the horizon before the daily suffocation of teen pregnancy eats her alive.

Filled with complex characters overcoming and being overcome by circumstances of their surroundings, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend thoroughly shakes up cultural preconceptions of what it means to be Native American today.

In addition, here’s our list “Native American Voices” we posted in 2015.

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Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (23rd - 29th March). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colors of Madeleine #2) by Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release date: March 25th
Princess Ko’s been bluffing about the mysterious absence of her father, but if she can’t get him back in a matter of weeks, the consequence may be a devastating war. Under the guise of a publicity stunt she gathers a group of teens from across the kingdom to crack the unsolvable case of the missing royals of Cello.

Daughter of Chaos (Red Magic #1) by Jen McConnel
Publisher: Month9Books
Release date: March 25th
There comes a time in every witch’s life when she must choose her path. Darlena’s friends have already chosen, so why is it so hard for her to make up her mind? Now, Darlena is out of time. Under pressure from Hecate, the Queen of all witches, Darlena makes a rash decision to choose Red magic, a path no witch in her right mind would dare take.

Drama Queens in the House by Julie Williams
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: March 25th
Sixteen-year-old Jessie Jasper Lewis doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t surrounded by method actors, bright spotlights, and feather boas. Her parents started the Jumble Players Theater together, and theater is the glue that holds her crazy family together. But where does she belong in all of this chaos?

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Release date: March 25th
Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Like the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust.

A Phantom Enchantment (Unbound #3) by Eve Marie Mont
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Release date: March 25th
Senior year in Paris means a hefty workload, but no matter how busy her days, Emma Townsend hears unsettling whispers in the school’s empty corridors, and the flickering images in her room’s antique mirror. Her foreboding only increases as she reads Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera and becomes lost in the gothic masterpiece.

Silver by Chris Wooding
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: March 25th
When a boy is bitten by a strange silver beetle, he becomes the first victim of a mysterious infection. But this is no ordinary virus. It turns flesh into metal, and people into machines. There is no escape. As the virus spreads, and more terrifying, bloodthirsty machines appear, the remaining survivors are losing hope.

Storm (The SYLO Chronicles #2) by D.J. MacHale
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: March 25th
Tucker believes there’s more to SYLO’s story. He was on the sidelines when the high school running back dropped dead with no warning. He saw the bizarre midnight explosion over the ocean, and the mysterious singing aircraft that travel like shadows through the night sky. He tasted the Ruby—and experienced the powers it gave him—for himself.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: March 25th
Ava Lavender was born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others.

Wanderers (Wasteland #2) by Susan Kim
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: March 25th
The former citizens of Prin are running out of time. The Source has been destroyed, so food is scarcer than ever. And then an earthquake hits. Esther and Caleb hit the road to a mythical city where they hope to find food and shelter - not to mention a way to make it past age nineteen.

Where the Rock Splits the Sky by Philip Webb
Publisher: Chicken House
Release date: March 25th
Long before Megan was born the Visitors split the moon and stilled the Earth. But now, riding her trusty steed Cisco, joined by her posse, Kelly and Luis, Megan is on the run from her Texas hometown, journeying across the American West to hunt down her father.