I was tag a long time ago by the fabulous Anette Reads but didn’t get around to doing it until now. I absolutely love this tag! I’ve read books from some of the categories but others are lacking. So, naturally I had to do some research and ended up adding a whole bunch of books to my TBR. So, let’s do this tag! ❤
A BOOK STARRING A LESBIAN CHARACTER
Huntress by Malinda Lo stood out to me because it’s a mixture of some many things. It’s fantasy meets Chinese folktales. The characters are all POC and the two lead protagonists are lesbians. Everything blends seamlessly. Lo has also written other fantastic books that feature lesbian main characters, all of which I recommend.
PLOT: Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn’t shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people’s survival hangs in the balance. To solve the crisis, Kaede and Taisin are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.
A BOOK WITH A MUSLIM PROTAGONIST
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona is a book I NEED to get my hands on. I’ve recently reignited my love for graphic novels and what better than one with diverse characters and a kick-butt female lead?
PLOT: Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!
A BOOK SET IN LATIN AMERICA
I have two copies of City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende. I’ve read the English translation, but my main goal is to one day have enough Spanish to read the story in its original language.
PLOT: Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast. But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery. . . .
A BOOK ABOUT A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY
I haven’t read Blind by Rachel DeWoskin yet. I’ve added it to my TBR because I’ve noticed that I haven’t read many books that feature characters with disabilities. The plot really stood out to me. It seems to be a little on the long side (it’s 416 pages), but the reviews are quite positive.
PLOT: When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. And just as she’s about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why – in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.
A SCIENCE-FICTION OR FANTASY BOOK WITH A POC PROTAGONIST
I cannot describe how much I loved Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember. It’s a perfect mixture of fantasy and romance. A MUST read! 🦄
PLOT: After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.
A BOOK WRITTEN BY AN INDIGENOUS OR NATIVE AUTHOR
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie caught my attention because of all of students were reading it. It captured their hearts and I can’t begin to describe how amazing it was to see many non-readers become so connected to a book. It’s a fantastic and at times heartbreaking story about a young native boy who begins attending an all-white school off of his reservation.
PLOT: Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
A BOOK SET IN SOUTH ASIA
First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung is a gut wrenching true story about life under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. It’s a time period and country that isn’t widely talked about which is even more of a reason why people should read this book!
PLOT: Until the age of five, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. When Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April 1975, Loung’s family fled their home and were eventually forced to disperse to survive. Loung was trained as a child soldier while her brothers and sisters were sent to labour camps. The surviving siblings were only finally reunited after the Vietnamese penetrated Cambodia and started to destroy the Khmer Rouge.
A BOOK WITH A BIRACIAL PROTAGONIST
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman is an adorable middle grade book that features an Indian-Jewish protagonist. It’s all about acceptance, the blending of cultures and self confidence. I highly recommend it! ✡
PLOT: During the fall leading up to her bat mitzvah, Tara (Hindi for “star”) Feinstein has a lot more than her Torah portion on her mind. Between Hebrew school and study sessions with the rabbi, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to hang out with her best friend Ben-o–who might also be her boyfriend–and her other best friend, Rebecca, who’s getting a little too cozy with that snotty Sheila Rosenberg. Not to mention working on her robotics project with the class clown Ryan Berger, or figuring out what to do with a priceless heirloom sari that she accidentally ruined. Amid all this drama, Tara considers how to balance her Indian and Jewish identities and what it means to have a bat mitzvah while questioning her faith.
A BOOK STARRING A TRANSGENDER CHARACTER OR TRANSGENDER ISSUES
I haven’t read Luna by Julie Anne Peters yet, but I have a copy in my classroom library. It’s about a young transgender teen’s struggle with acceptance and self-identity. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read any books focus on a transgender character or about transgender issues. I’m hoping to change that very soon!
PLOT: Regan’s brother Liam can’t stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister’s clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change-Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam’s family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives?
That’s it for this tag! Any other books to recommend? Have a wonderful day! 🙂