Diverse Books from A to Z

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I am doing a book challenge on Instagram to spread the love about diverse books. This post is meant to give more information about these books. Every time I add a new letter to my Instagram Page this post will be updated with new information.

PS: Remember to comment on your favorite diverse books.

 

A for American Street:

By Ibi Zoboi

Fabiola Toussaint thought is was going to finally live a good life with her mother. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration.

Fabiola only has her three cousins to help her  navigate her way through  the grittiness of Detroit’s west side.

An amazing debut about immigration and vodou culture.

 

Purchase link: Amazon

 

B for Boy vs. Girl:

By Na’ima B. Robert


Farhana and Faraz are twins, born 6 minutes apart. Both are in turmoil as they approach the holy time of Ramadan. Farhana has to decide whether her faith is strong enough for her to wear the hijab at school and whether she can give up her relationship with handsome Malik. Faraz has fallen in with a street gang headed by unscrupulour Skrooz, when all he really wants is to combine his faith and his talent for art.

 

Both teenagers have life-changing choices to make, against the peaceful backdrop of Ramadan.

Do Farhana and Faraz have enough courage to do the right thing? And can they help each other – or will one of them draw the other towards catastrophe? When Faraz finally says no to the drug-dealing demands of Skrooz, it sets off a dangerous chain of events.

This powerful novel explores ideas of right and wrong, and honour, and what they mean to different generations of Muslim families living in the west.

Purchase link: Amazon

 

C for Children of Blood and Bone:

By Tomi Adeyemi 

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

A beautifully written story based on West African Mythology.

Purchase link: Amazon

 

D for Dread Nation:

By Justina Ireland 

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever.

In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose.

But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies.

And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

Purchase link: Amazon

 

E for Eyes:

By Nghịch Tử and translated by Việt H. Nguyễn

Spirited Away meets Coraline in the Suburbs of Hanoi, Vietnam with a twist to the genre. A heart-pounding journey of betrayal and bond, strength and perseverance, with the looming threat of ghosts, demons, and black magic… told from the perspective of a comedic protagonist!

 

An eerie children’s nursery rhyme lured Thanh – an intelligent college girl with an unnatural level of trust issues – into an adventure of her lifetime.

On this journey, she met Điền Mục, a young ghost catcher who couldn’t see ghosts but was raised by a 500-years old spirit and had about 0 experience in human interactions.

The fates of two unlikely companions intertwined on the spider-web of a criminal mastermind who had been evading arrest for the past 40 years.

Their lives were on the line; the trap had been set! Meanwhile, Thanh still hadn’t trusted Mục yet… But can you honestly blame her for not choosing a total stranger, and a weirdo no less, over people she’d known her whole life?

Purchase link: Amazon

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