[DWJ] recommendations

Roslyn Gross rosgross at bigpond.net.au
Sat Jul 27 03:48:16 EDT 2013

Karen Healey's novels feature people of different races. Her first two
novels, both YA fantasy, are Guardian of the Dead and The Shattering, both
set in New Zealand. Her latest novel, When we Wake, is her first YA SF
novel (and in my opinion not as good as the other two - it felt a bit
preachy to me while the fantasy novels didn't).


On 27/07/13 5:01 PM, "deborah.dwj at suberic.net" <deborah.dwj at suberic.net>

>All protagonists of color, mostly but not entirely authors of color, good
>for an advanced reading 10 year old:
>Sarah Zettel's Dust Gril and Golden Girl are *great*, and feature a mixed
>race protagonist.
>Nnedi Okorafor's Zahrah the Windseeker is good, and Akata Witch.
>The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, of course. Because it is the
>bomb. Also  a mixed race protagonist. Also the BEST.
>Un Lun Dun by China Mievelle is a doorstop of a text (long) but very
>age-appropriate; great for an advanced 10 year old.
>The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, by Nancy Farmer.
>The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
>Half World, by Hiromi Goto -- a little scary.
>Circle of Magic books by Tamora Pierce (two POC among the protagonists)
>Cynthia Leitich Smith's fantasy is for older readers but her realistic
>fiction is good for a 10 year old.
>Dragon of the Lost Sea, by Laurence Yep.
>A little older:
>Nalo Hopkinson's The Chaos is flawed but still quite good. I hope her
>next children's is more organized, but this one is very enjoyable. A
>little old for 10, though no older than some of the titles you named.
>Mixed race protagonist.
>If she were a little older I'd recommend the summer prince by alaya dawn
>johnson, which is gorgeous, but 10 is much too young. Legend by Marie Lu
>& Fox and Phoenix by Beth Bernobich are also a little old, sigh.
>And man, I look forward to the day when she's old enough to read Dia
>Reeves' *splendid* Bleeding Violet (also about a mixed race teen) but man
>that book is chock full of sex and violence. And awesome.
>Magic or Madness, by Justine Larbalestier, in a couple  of years.
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