Reading Riot: Multicultural Books Abound in YA Literature

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You may have heard about the recent upgrade to the Teen Space at Bealeton. In the process of shifting books, we came across a number of titles that haven’t been checked out in a while. They include a wide range of subjects and genres from serious realistic fiction to seriously funny novels, fantasy, sci-fi, historic and more.

Over the next few months, I’ll be highlighting in this blog some of those overlooked books. If interested, check them out at your nearest library branch.

In recent years, there has been an increase in multicultural literature for young adults. I’m happy to report that the Fauquier County Public Library has a well-rounded collection that features many diverse books whose characters come from a variety of backgrounds. Here are a few:

Estrella’s Quinceañera by Malín AlegríaBook cover frilly orange party dress

Estrella is turning 15 and she’s not happy about it. Her mother and aunt are planning a gaudy, traditional quinceañera for her, even though that’s the last thing she wants. This funny, touching story follows a young girl’s struggle to figure out who she really wants to be.

Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine

In 1972, nine-year-old Ling, the daughter of two doctors, struggles to make sense of the communists’ Cultural Revolution. Over the course of four years, she witnesses the gradual disintegration of her world as stores are emptied of food, homes of appliances deemed “bourgeois,” and people of laughter. Despite the suffering, Ling manages to blossom in this powerful story of hope.

Blessing’s Bead by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Native Alaskan girl with bead head piece

In 1917, two Inupiat sisters are on a journey, sailing from a small island off the coast of Alaska to the annual trade fair on the mainland. But trouble shadows them and Aaluk leaves for Siberia while her sister Nutaaq remains in their Alaskan village and becomes one of the few survivors of an influenza epidemic. Then in 1986, Nutaaq’s great-granddaughter Blessing, is on her own journey, running from the wreckage of her life in Anchorage to return to the remote village where she was born.

Enjoy these and many other culturally diverse books available at the library today.

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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