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What I Will Be Reading #35: Diversity for the Kids

I’ve got a variety of middle grade and YA books to add to my kids’ reading lists. Quite a few are specifically diverse voices for something a little different.

I’ll start off with a big collection of graphic novels provided by CommonSense Media. We’ve read most of the books up through about the 9+ age group, and this list recommends all the way to 16+, so there’s plenty of books for us to grow into, like Foiled or Boxers & Saints.

For some diversity and more words than graphic novels, I’ve got a few options for the kids. Who am I kidding – I want to read most of these as well. They may end up being read alouds, so we can all read the book at the same time.

The first book came from a GeekDad post on cultural diversity is The Gauntlet by Karuna Riaza. It’s a newly published book (March, 2017) that was described as steampunk Jumanji. Sounds like a fun read to me.

My mother-in-law brought my attention to the next book – Refugee by Alan Gratz. Interestingly, The Hub ran a post on immigrants and refugees the next week that recommended this book. This is the story of three refugees, one from Nazi Germany, one from Castro’s Cuba, and one from modern-day Syria. It’s written for a slightly younger audience than most of the YA literature about refugees, so it should still be appropriate for Miss Adventure.

The Hub also brought my attention to Kwame Alexander’s new book – Solo. It is his typical book in verse, although the main character is a bit older than we saw in Booked or The Crossover. Apparently, it makes a great audiobook that Alexander reads himself. I’ve read the other books to the kids. Maybe, we all need to listen to the author read it.

One last book, and this one from Modern Mrs. Darcy. She had a post on diverse books/own voices as a category in her reading challenge for the year. I just glanced through the list, since I’m not looking for anything specific to read. However, I happened to see the description to Out of My Mind by Susan Draper. What caught my eye was the fact that her kids pushed her to read the book, and it was perfect for people who loved Wonder. That is a perfect recommendation for us!

And those are the books I’m adding to my kids’ reading lists. Anything strike your fancy? Anything else to recommend?

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Mr. Curiosity picked this book up from the library. I was intrigued by the jacket copy and asked if it was worth reading. He said it was, so I did.

Published: 2016

Genre: YA science fiction

Length: 435 pages

Setting: mostly MidMerica, nearish future Continue reading

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Giant Days, Volume 2 by John Allison

This is the second Giant Days compilation. The kids enjoyed the first one so much, it was pretty obvious I would get the second book.

Artist: Lissa Treiman and Max Sarin (it changed halfway though the book. While the art was noticeably different, it wasn’t distracting.)

Published: 2016

Genre: graphic novel, fiction

Length: 128 pages

Setting: Sheffield, and Northampton, England, soon after the events of Volume One Continue reading

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I’ve heard good things about this book, but have been reluctant to read it because I knew it was about a kid dying of cancer. I’m still a bit sensitive to a plot revolving around dying of cancer, having been diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. However, I convinced Mr. Curiosity to read it (after he loved Eleanor and Park). As soon as he finished, he plopped the book in my lap and told me he’d found my next book. I try to respect his suggestions and read it on his recommendation.

Published: 2012

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 313 pages

Setting: generic U.S. city, present day Continue reading

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Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce

This is the second book in the Immortals series, that started with Wild Magic. Miss Adventure downloaded the audiobook and played it for me on the way to gymnastics practices. I ended up finishing it on my own.

Published: 1994

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 182 pages

Setting: the province of Dunlath within Tortall, soon after the events of Wild Magic Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #31: from the Modern Mrs. Darcy

Between listening to What Should I Read Next and reading Modern Mrs. Darcy’s blog, I could keep my to-be-read list in an ever-growing state of wishing for more time. I’ll share a few of the books I’ve recently been interested in from her site.

I try not to add every book I hear Anne describe on her podcast, but she’s great at making books sound interesting. For the one-year anniversary (episode 62), Anne gathered suggestions from the listeners of what she should read next. I thought several of the books sounded good, including: Continue reading

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Giant Days Volume One by John Allison

I saw this reviewed somewhere and thought Mr. Curiosity might enjoy it. Luckily, our library had it so I requested it.

Published: 2016

Illustrator: Lissa Treiman

Genre: YA fiction graphic novel

Length: 128 pages

Setting: a British University, present day Continue reading

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