Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal and its aim is to shed light on diverse literature. Every week, you come up with one book in each of three different categories: A diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and one that has not yet been released. You can check out the announcement post for more information.
Title images below were stolen from Aimal’s blog because they are dope.
George by Alex Gino
George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her (4th grade) teacher announces their class play is going to be “Charlotte’s Web.” George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part …because she’s a boy.
Born a boy, George knows in her heart that she is a girl. The emotional triggers in this are very well placed and you can’t help but be drawn into her journey as she tries to navigate what it means to be transgender. This book is about acceptance. It’s about self-discovery. It’s about living your own truth with a proverbial fuck you to anyone who can’t accept you for who you are. This is a very short read that I implore you all to pick up.
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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
All Jin Wang wants is to fit in. When his family moves to a new neighborhood, he suddenly finds that he’s the only Chinese American student at his school. Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly, and he has hardly any friends. Then, to make matters worse, he falls in love with an all-American girl…
Three apparently unrelated tales come together with an unexpected twist, in a modern fable that is hilarious, poignant and action-packed. American Born Chinese is an amazing rise, all the way up to the astonishing climax–and confirms what a growing number of readers already know: Gene Yang is a major talent.
I remember when buzz about this book resurfaced in 2015 and everyone was picking it up. I never got around to it but this is still something I’m really interesting in reading as I’m intrigued as to how these 3 stories come together. Has anyone read this?
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The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.
THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES:
Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
LOOK AT THIS COVER! LOOK AT IT! My gosh have you ever seen anything so glorious? This looks really interesting and from the few reviews I can see, it looks like it will be worth picking up.