Friday, July 17, 2009

A Response to Susan

Susan's Unofficial List of Great YA by or About Women of Color

Not too long ago, I completed a fun exercise about YA literature. I think it said something about being well-read. Well, the list was light on writers of color so I’m offering a list of my own.
Put an ‘X’ by what you’ve read, “#” by what books are on your tbr and “!” by books you loved. This list in very short and focused on women writers of color. Feel free to add titles in your comments. The list sorely needs works by Native Americans and Latinas for example.

Susan’s Unofficial List of Great YA by or About Women of Color:

1. When Kambia Elaine Flew In From Neptune by Lori A. Williams
2. Every Time A Rainbow Dies by Rita Williams-Garcia
3. No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia
4. Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia
5. If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson #
6. The House You Pass On The Way by Jacqueline Woodson
7. Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
8. From The Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson
9. Sold by Patricia McCormick
10. Heaven by An Na
11. The Parable of The Sower by Octavia E. Butler
12. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
13. Persepolis by Majane Satrapi
14. The Rock and The River by Kekla Magoon
15. Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
16. Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis
17. A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
18. Down To The Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole
19. Don’t Get It Twisted by Paula Chase
20. Jason & Kyra by Dana Davidson
21. Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper
22. Kendra by Coe Booth
23. Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger #
24. Does My Head Look Big In This? By Randa Abdel-Fattah
25. Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
26. Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim
27. The Meaning of Conseulo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
28. In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
29. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
30. First Part Last by Angela Johnson
31. Pemba’s Song by Marilyn Nelson
32. Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan
33. M + O 4EVR by Tonya Hegamin
34. Lucy The Giant by Sherri L. Smith
35. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
36. Throwaway Piece by Jo Ann Hernandez
37. White Bread Competition by Jo Ann Hernandez
38. Across A Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande
39. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
40. Ash by Malinda Lo #
41. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake

Well I don't know about Kiki, but I feel like an epic failure. :(
I'll have to change that.

Tashi <3


Color Online said...


Don't. Part of the problem and it is a real problem is the failure of the publishing industry for doing a lousy job of promoting poc writers. Ask me how many of these books are on the shelves in major bookstores and how many do you see reviewed and promoted on blogs? Well, you can count on nod in February and May and then, well....

May I ask which ones you'd like to add now that you have seen the list?

Lastly, this is only based on what I've read and have learned about on mostly adult blogs. I run a library. If I couldn't put a list together, I'd be part of the problem.

You are going to address a gap in the blogosphere and for that, I can't thank you enough.

Miss Trisha said...

10. Heaven by An Na

i've read this, and i don't know if i still have my copy around, but it was quite good from what i remember .. at least the tad snippets that i do ... x[

zettaelliott said...

I can send you a review copy of my book, if you pressure!

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