From The Broke and the Bookish – July 21: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.)
I have been thinking about and reading a lot about this type of character over the last couple of years, and especially because my summer course required me to read even more books about it. This isn’t my usual “top ten” but instead just a simple list of ten in no particular order.
Part-Time Princesses by Monica Gallagher – Four very different girls, and best friends, experience the ups and downs of working at the local theme park.
Heaven by Angela Johnson – An African-American girl explores her roots and family in the town of Heaven.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – Without giving away too much, there is sexual diversity and discovery, as well as family interplay with the idea of acceptance.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – I think the title basically says it all for this one.
Ethan, Suspended by Pamela Ehrenberg – Jewish-American kid gets sentenced to a D.C. suburb and attends school with African-American and Hispanic kids who follow different rules than he is used to.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Socioeconomic and ethnic diversity culminate in a heart-wrenching love story.
Capture the Flag by Kate Messner – A diverse range of kids are involved with rescuing the Star-Spangled Banner from thieves.
The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne – A man with Tourette Syndrome performs strength training and works in a library, amazing story.
The Vow by Jessica Martinez – A girl promises to marry her best friend so he isn’t forced to leave the country after his father loses his work visa.
Night by Elie Weisel – One man’s tragic tale of life during the Holocaust in a concentration camp.