|The Broke and Bookish|
I actually think about this question when I am selecting books for my library, especially to celebrate our multicultural heritage. Here are some areas of the world that I find challenging finding good YA lit:
1. South America...any and all of the countries in South America. It is really difficult to find books written about or by South American authors for teens. I wonder if they are there but no one is translating them. Hmm...
2. South Pacific Islands...We have a lot of Pacific Islander students at my school, mainly from Guam and Samoa, and I have a heck of hard time finding books set in these exotic settings.
3. Philippines...We also have a lot of students with ties to the Philippines in our schools.
4. Central America...and all countries in Central America. See the note above about South America.
5. Native American Tribal Lands in the Pacific Northwest... Washington has one of the largest number of Federally recognized tribes of any state in the United States. We need more books set here.
6. Israel...we hear a lot of the conflicts in this area of the world but it is difficult to find YA Lit set in Israel in modern times.
7. Africa...any country. I'm eager for more stories about daily life, not just genocide and AIDS problems.
8. Spain and Portugal
9. Greece and Turkey
10. Australia and New Zealand