Diverse Lit 2015: Books 10-18

Nation by Terry Prachett
Doubleday | Alternative History/Fantasy Novel
After a storm alters the course of history, a boy from an island nation and a European girl become unlikely allies and grow to understand nature and society in a new way.
2015 Diverse Book #10


Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Cinco Puntos Press | Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
Gabi Hernandez struggles with body image, falls in love, experiences a family tragedy, helps friends through major life changes, and discovers her voice through poetry.
2015 Diverse Book #11


brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Penguin Group | Memoir in verse Exquisitely written chronicle of growing up as an African-American girl in the United States during the 60 and 70s. Honest, painful, but ultimately, triumphant.
2015 Diverse Book #12

Martina Finds a Shiny Coin | by Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor (author) & Alba Escayo (illustrator) | Picture Book
A lovely retelling of a Caribbean folktale. La cucarachita Martina yearns for a suitor who recognizes her talents, not just her looks.
2015 Diverse Book #13


Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac
Tu Books | Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
The main character of this novel was inspired by the 19th century Apache warrior Lozen, a legendary protector of her people. A good choice for fans of action/adventure stories.
2015 Diverse Book #14

Becoming Maria By Sonia Manzano
Scholastic | Memoir
Sonia Manzano invites the reader to witness the ups and downs of her bittersweet childhood and adolescence prior to her iconic role of Maria on Sesame Street.
2015 Diverse Book #15

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Random House | Mystery Novel
As Botswana’s first and only lady detective, Precious Ramotswe solves mysteries and navigates personal relationships with unique charm. 2015 Diverse Book #16


Aristole & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Simon and Schuster | Contemporary Young Adult
A sweet tale of two teen boys learning how to swim, discovering true friendship, and falling in love. I recommend checking out the audio book read by Lin Manuel Miranda.
2015 Diverse Book #17


War Against All Puerto Ricans by Neslon A. Denis
Nation Books | Non-fiction
Nelson Denis, an advocate of Puerto Rican independence, makes a strong case that the island's commonwealth status with the United States is a form of colonialism.
2015 Diverse Book #18