God & Mambo by Meriel Martinez
Packed with culture and tradition, Merial Martinez's verse invites you to revel in the musical rhythms, heightened language, and delicious tastes found in our Puerto Rican heritage. The poems about her children show a playfulness and self-reflective pieces reveal painful heartache and the ever-present doubt that haunts many creative souls.
2015 Diverse Book #2
Seven Guitars by August Wilson
Samuel French, Inc.
The late August Wilson's "century cycle" is a series of ten plays that explore the African-American experience throughout the 20th century. Representing the 1940s, Seven Guitars starts with the funeral of a musician and then uses flashback to show what led to his death. This is the sixth play that I've read in the cycle. Powerful, lyrical storytelling.
2015 Diverse Book #3: Seven Guitars
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Yearling Books Middle Grade Historical Fiction
A poignant story of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of a ten year-old girl who ends up playing an important role in her best friend's escape from the Nazis. An excellent middle grade read.
2015 Diverse Book #4
Dia of the Dead by Brit Brinson
Big Moon Press
Young Adult Fantasy
I came across this title in a post on Latin@s in Kid Lit. This zombie novel sets the apocalypse inside the studios of a network that produces hit teen television programs. A Dominican-American actress who plays a zombie-slayer on television finds herself having to kill the undead in real life. A quick, fun read for teen fans of the zombie genre.
2015 Diverse Book #5