//
archives

Diversity in Literature

This category contains 24 posts

STAND UP, YUMI CHUNG! by Jessica Kim

Yumi is a middle-school-age Korean-American with immigrant parents. Yumi wants to do stand-up comedy but her parents believe she needs to concentrate on studying to pass a test and get a scholarship to an expensive private school with a good academic reputation (on the path to a good college and a career that is financially … Continue reading

PRAIRIE LOTUS by Linda Sue Park

Hanna is half-white and half-Chinese. (Her father is white and her mother was Chinese.) At the opening of the story Hanna and her father are moving from California to the Dakota Territory in the 1880’s after the death of her mother. Her father is a tailor and dry goods merchant and plans to open a … Continue reading

KING AND THE DRAGON FLIES by Kacen Callender

Kacen Callender is a new discovery for me, and one for which I am grateful! King is a brilliantly developed character to whom a lot of middle grade readers will relate. Kingston James (King) is 12 years old. He is dealing with confusion and acceptance of his own sexuality at the same time he is … Continue reading

DRAGON HOOPS by Gene Luen Yang

There are a lot of things to like about Dragon Hoops. I loved the in-depth individual looks at the players of the high school basketball team whose story Yang told, as well as features on the history of basketball and women’s role in the sport. The pacing is excellent. The art and the text play … Continue reading

REDWOOD AND PONYTAIL by K.A. Holt

Redwood and Ponytail is a beautiful LGBTQ coming of age novel for middle-grade readers. Written in free verse by K.A. Holt it is the story of Kate and Tam, who meet at the beginning of their seventh grade year. Kate appears at first to be a stereotypical cheerleader, complete with ponytail, red bow in her … Continue reading

CLEAN GETAWAY by Nic Stone

11-year-old Scoob (William) jumps at his grandmother’s invitation to accompany her on a road trip in her new RV. He doesn’t know why or where she’s heading but Scoob is anxious to escape his current grounding and the crushing weight of his father’s disappointment at home. Scoob is increasingly concerned by his G’ma’s demeanor and … Continue reading

ALL THE DAYS PAST, ALL THE DAYS TO COME by Mildred D. Taylor

Cassie Logan and her brothers (from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry!) are adults now and anxious to find their lives away from Mississippi where they can no longer tolerate the racial bigotry. They hope to find more opportunities and better treatment in the North. Cassie moves from Mississippi to Ohio, then California and Colorado, … Continue reading

LOOK BOTH WAYS by Jason Reynolds

Usually I enjoy Jason Reynold’s work.¬†Look Both Ways? Not so much. Part of my problem–I think–were my expectations of the book. The jacket copy read: Jason Reynolds weaves ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the … Continue reading

I JUST WANT TO SAY GOOD NIGHT by Rachel Isadora

I Just Want To Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora ranks among my favorite bedtime stories for children.¬† If I still had little ones–preschool, early elementary–I would DEFINITELY be purchasing this title for our home library. Sweet, gentle, and soothing it exemplifies the perfect bedtime read in that: (1) it is structured around Lala’s stalling … Continue reading

A HOUSE WITHOUT WALLS by Ching Yeung Russell

A House Without Walls was an unexpected find for me at the library and I am so very glad that it was! It is the story of Lam (11 years old) and her brother Dee Dee (7 years old) and their flight from Vietnam in 1979 as part of ‘the Boat People.’ The author met … Continue reading