Unfortunately, your access has now expired. But there’s good news—by subscribing today, you will receive 22 issues of Booklist magazine, 4 issues of Book Links, and single-login access to Booklist Online and over 180,000 reviews.
Your access to Booklist Online has expired. If you still subscribe to the print magazine, please proceed to your profile page and check your subscriber number against a current magazine mailing label. (If your print subscription has lapsed, you will need to renew.)
You must be logged in to read full text of reviews.
> Logged-in users can make lists, save searches, e-mail, and more!
> Click My Profile to create a username & password
> Try a free trial or subscribe today
February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Diverse Fiction for Older and Middle Readers
The 10 books here are a mix of grittiness and fantasy, hardship and love. They were reviewed in Booklist between February 1, 2017, and January 2018.
The Authentics. By Abdi Nazemian. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062486462). Gr. 9–12.
Daria is proud of her Iranian heritage. But when a DNA test reveals she is half Mexican, she must reevaluate the meaning of identity and authenticity.
City of Saints & Thieves. By Natalie C. Anderson. 2017. Putnam, $18.99 (9780399547584). Gr. 8–11.
Tina, a Congo refugee and Kenyan street gang member, provides a gripping first-person narrative to describe her life and presents a wonderfully twisted puzzle of a murder mystery.
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground. By Rita Williams-Garcia. Illus. by Frank Morrison. 2017. Amistad, $16.99 (9780062215918). Gr. 5–8.
After the death of Clayton’s beloved jazz-playing grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, the boy must figure out a way to live without him and keep the music close.
Crossing Ebenezer Creek. By Tonya Bolden. 2017. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (9781599903194). Gr. 8–11.
In the waning days of the Civil War, recently emancipated Mariah meets Caleb, a young free black man. Told in alternating chapters, this powerful story lays bare their different life experiences.
Dear Martin. By Nic Stone. 2017. Crown, $17.99 (9781101939505). Gr. 9–12.
Justyce McAllister is on his way to an Ivy League school, but that means little when he’s handcuffed by a police officer while trying to help a friend. He turns to the writings of Dr. King for direction, inspiration, and therapy.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. By Julie. C. Dao. 2017. Philomel, $18.99 (9781524738297). Gr. 9–12.
Set in an Asian-inspired fantasy realm, this follows Xifeng, who has suffered near starvation and years of abuse. But she believes her magnificent destiny is to become Empress of Feng Lu. A powerful reimagining of the Snow White story.
Rebel Seoul. By Axie Oh. 2017. Lee & Low/Tu, $19.95 (9781620142998). Gr. 8–11.
Equal parts Korean drama and sci-fi blockbuster, this complex and engrossing story of star-crossed lovers blends futuristic tech, authentic Korean culture, and romance.
Saints and Misfits. By S. K. Ali. 2017. Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads $18.99 (9781481499248). Gr. 9–12.
Janna, an Arab American hijabi teen, is being harassed by “the Monster,” a man revered at her mosque. Janna’s wry narrative offers important perspectives on a girl whose religion is pivotal but who finds strength in other places, too.
The Serpent’s Secret. By Sayantani DasGupta. 2018. Scholastic, $18.99 (9781338185706). Gr. 4–7.
Steeped in Bengali folklore, this story introduces Kiran, who is leading a normal New Jersey life until her twelfth birthday, when her parents are kidnapped by a rakkhosh demon, and Kiran must rescue them.
Us, in Progress: Short Stories about Young Latinos. By Lulu Delacre. 2017. Harper, $16.99 (9780062392145). Gr. 3–7.
Delacre offers 12 short stories, written with candor, honesty, and perfect brevity, that explore what it means to be Latinx in the U.S. today.
> Try a free trial or subscribe today