Controversial Song of the Day: “Ordinary People” by John Legend
For the entire month of April, we’ll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
|Taken from diversity.uno.edu|
So, does the lack of fanfare for minority leads scare Quita and me? Quite frankly–sometimes. So much so that I used to be scared to have a major character that was just black–they always had to be mixed with some other race. However, Nicola’s post changed my mind about that, and I did change an important character in Project J to African-American–and the response to the novel has been pretty great so far. My readers don’t care if my character is black or not–they were just entertained.
Here’s a look at some awesome YA books with minority leads:
- Living Violet by Jaime Reed
- Liar by Justine Larbalestier
- The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
*Thankfully, a few of the novels listed above did receive the “hype” they deserved.
So what are some of your favorite racially diverse novels? Does writing characters outside of your race scare you?