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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.


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Next issue: May 18, 2014

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is just begging to be banned. A few scenes that aren’t critical to the story but are critical to an “absolutely true diary” had to have been discussed by the author and publisher and left in because they should be left in….good for them.

This is the story of a kid who could hate his parents and hate his sister and hate his friends, but he doesn’t. He hates his circumstances but never those who are stuck in an awful cycle of alcoholism and poverty and dead ends. He hates the message but never kills the messenger.

Favorite quote:

But we reservation Indians don’t get to realize our dreams. We don’t get those chances. Or choices. We’re just poor. That’s all we are.

It sucks to be poor, and it sucks to feel that you somehow deserve to be poor. You start believing that you’re poor because you’re stupid and ugly. And then you start believing that you’re stupid and ugly because you’re Indian. And because you’re Indian you start believing you’re destined to be poor. It’s an ugly circle and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor.