Celebrate your intellectual freedom. Read a banned book.

Learn more about each book here: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Looking for Alaska, I Hunt Killers, Eleanor & Park, Gossip Girl, The Hunger Games, TTYL, 13 Reasons Why, The Giver, Speak, Hold Still, Whale Talk, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Twenty Boy Summer, Boy Meets Boy, Living Dead Girl, Fallen Angels, Vampire Academy, The Supernaturalist, A Wrinkle In Time.

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“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.”
Stephen Chbosky


We thought about what to put here, but these ten Native American protagonists speak for themselves. For more fun lists and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

[EDIT] Thanks to Crystal Brunelle for pointing out that Dragon Castle has a Slovakian protaganist. Our bad! We’ve replaced it with The Lesser Blessed.



The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

In honor of Sherman Alexie’s birthday today, October 7th, we have reviewed one of our favorites, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie tells the story of an aspiring cartoonist and his journey and life growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determine to make it on his own, Junior leaves his school to attend an all-white farm town high school, where he is obviously the only ethnic person.

Funny, heartbreaking, thoughtful and beautifully written The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian tells a realistic and contemporary tale of a Native American boy who desires to break stereotypes and molds inside and outside his community. Alexie retells his life experiences through his art by pulling away from his tribe, breaking free and beatings all the odds.

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I’m trying to read with more awareness and I want to read more by authors of color. I know many others do too, so I’ll be making lists of authors and their novels in hopes of spreading awareness in reading choices. It will be broken down by genre, so no matter what you like to read, you can discover an author of color who as written an incredible story.

I only listed one book per author, usually their most popular or highest rated book/series, so make sure to check out their Goodreads page for more of their hardwork!!

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- E. Lockhart talks about We Were Liars, touring and creeping on subway readers.
- BookCon creates controversy with an original lineup of all-white panelists.
- The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, headed by Ellen Oh, wakes up the YA world.
- The Indies Choice Awards named Eleanor and Park Young Adult Book of the Year.
Time named John Green one of 100 Most Influential People.
Idaho students celebrated World Book Night with giveaways of Sherman Alexie’s recently banned The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Charlie Price will release a companion to Dead Connection.
Heidi Heilig’s debut novel The Girl From Everywhere will hit shelves in 2016.
A new Leila Sales novel, Tonight The Streets Are Ours, will hit shelves in 2015.
Maureen Johnson (The Madness Underneath) will be speaking at New York Ideas.
In a Letter from the Editor, editor Nicole Brinkley answers a question submitted on Tumblr: could BookCon just not find authors of color?
In Off the Page, The Tortall Project showcases their love of Tamora Pierce’s world.
- In Once Upon A Tweet, Alison Ng finds the best of authors on social media.
- In Plays with Words, E.M. Caines talks to Tracy Clark about finding time to write.
HarlequinTEEN celebrates five years.
- HarperCollins purchased Harlequin.
Japan will open a Wizarding World in 2016.
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YA Interrobang will be attending BookExpo America, but will not be covering BookCon. We cannot support an event that so abhorrently lacks diversity. Read more.

Next issue: May 18, 2014