In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, here’s a collection of
nine YA books by/about Latinxs that were released in 2015. Some of these
are favorites of us at Rich in Color, and others were volunteered by
followers on Twitter. Which ones have you read? What books would you add
to this list? Let us know!
The Hunted (The Living #2) by Matt de la Peña
Delacorte Press || Crystal’s Review
When the Big One hit, Shy was at sea in style. The Paradise Cruise
luxury liner he worked on was a hulking specimen of the best money could
buy. And now it’s at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, along with almost
all of its passengers.
Shy wasn’t the only one to survive, though. Addie, the rich blond
daughter of a mysterious businessman, was on the dinghy he pulled
himself into. But as soon as they found the rest of the survivors, she
The only thing that filled the strange void of losing her was finding
Carmen, his hot coworker, and discovering a way to get back home. But
Shy’s luck hasn’t turned. Not yet.
Back on the dinghy, Addie told him a secret. It’s a secret that
people would kill for-have killed for-and she has the piece that could
turn everything on its ear. The problem? Shy has no idea where Addie is.
Back home in California seems logical, but there are more ways to die
back home then Shy could ever have guessed.
And thanks to what Shy now knows, he’s a moving target.
The Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too
good to be true to Aaron Soto — miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up
in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor or
how his friends aren’t always there for him. Like after his father
committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support
of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and
overworked mother, but it’s not enough.
Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his
roof, and he doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession with a popular fantasy
series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas
doesn’t mind talking about Aaron’s past. But Aaron’s newfound happiness
isn’t welcome on his block. Since he’s can’t stay away from Thomas or
suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself
out, even if it means forgetting who he is.
Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique
confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged
near-future summer in the Bronx.
Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art,
hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a
weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s
near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when
the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger
than the usual New York mayhem is going on.
Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers,
who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her
grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr.
Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now
Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the
others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti
artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness
her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present,
Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero
Knopf Books for Young Readers
A poignant coming-of-age story about two boys finding their way in the South Bronx in the mid-1980s.
The summer of 1983 was the summer hip-hop proved its staying power.
The South Bronx is steeped in Reaganomics, war in the Middle East, and
the twin epidemics of crack and AIDS, but Raymond “Smiles” King and
Guillermo “Nike” Vega have more immediate concerns.
Smiles was supposed to be the assistant crew chief at his summer
camp, but the director chose Cookie Camacho instead, kicking off a
summer-long rivalry. Meanwhile, the aspiring b-boy Nike has set his
wandering eye on Sara, the sweet yet sassy new camp counselor, as well
as top prize at a breakdancing competition downtown. The two friends
have been drifting apart ever since Smiles got a scholarship to a fancy
private school, and this summer the air is heavy with postponed
decisions that will finally be made.
Raw and poignant, this is a story of music, urban plight, and racial tension that’s as relevant today as it was in 1983.
Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the
undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the
Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters
both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the
bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as
her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual
energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the
boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death;
and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.
When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are
infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread
through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her
entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued
as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she
must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s
faced before … or die trying.
Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.
Surviving Santiago by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Running Press Kids || Crystal’s Review
Returning to her homeland of Santiago, Chile, is the last thing that
Tina Aguilar wants to do during the summer of her sixteenth birthday. It
has taken eight years for her to feel comfort and security in America
with her mother and her new husband. And it has been eight years since
she has last seen her father.
Despite insisting on the visit, Tina’s father spends all his time
focused on politics and alcohol rather than connecting with Tina, making
his betrayal from the past continue into the present. Tina attracts the
attention of a mysterious stranger, but the hairpin turns he takes her
on may push her over the edge of truth and discovery.
The tense, final months of the Pinochet regime in 1989 provide the
backdrop for author Lyn Miller-Lachmann’s suspenseful tale of the
survival and redemption of the Aguilar family, first introduced in the
critically acclaimed Gringolandia.
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
Carolrhoda LAB || Review Forthcoming
“This is East Texas, and there’s lines. Lines you cross, lines you don’t cross. That clear?”
New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Smith and Wash Fullerton know about
the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark
them. They know the people who enforce them. But there are some forces
even the most determined color lines cannot resist. And sometimes all it
takes is an explosion.
Ashley Hope Pérez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school
explosion—the worst school disaster in American history—as a backdrop
for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces
that destroy people.
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Thomas Dunne Books
For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and
enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both
families make their living as traveling performers in competing
shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former
tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.
Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as
anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the
devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she’s been
taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town
where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who
saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the
Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him,
and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the
Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers
is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
Bloomsbury USA Children’s || Audrey’s Review
13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of Emily Dickinson in this gripping debut novel perfect for fans of Sara Zarr or Jennifer Brown.
A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to
control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a
smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at
her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English
class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are
hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt
suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must
conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.
In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of
characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be
completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons
beyond their control.
American-born Chinese actress, Anna
May Wong, was praised by adoring fans and eager directors for her high
cheekbones, an ivory complexion, straight black bangs, and a haunting, remote
gaze. The New York Times referred to her as the most famous Chinese woman but
Wong was never American enough for her desired roles. She was often type-cast into typical Oriental-specific roles but excelled in every on-screen appearance.
Wong peaked in the 1930s and paved the red carpet for aspiring Asian-Pacific
actresses after her. She gave praise-worthy performances in The Thief of
Baghdad, Daughter of the Dragon, and other notable films until her passing in
Did you know it is National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States from September 15 to October 15? September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, which all declared independence Sept. 15 in 1821. Please reblog to spread the word. Thanks!
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The other day someone asked me if I would ever want to work a 9-5 job again. I thought for a millisecond and replied, “no way!”
Even though this might not be as “stable” and as “conventional” I love that the people I work with know that today is my birthday, that they have a bouquet of tulips waiting for me, that they sing for me and that I truly enjoyed a multiple hour meeting about an upcoming shoot, even if it was held on my birthday.
I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Thank you Libbie and Anna for a wonderful birthday morning!