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Monday, July 20, 2015

TTT: YA Books that celebrate diversity/cultural differences

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by Broke and Bookish. 
Today's topic:
YA Books that celebrate diversity or cultural differences.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green and David Levithan
Five Flavors of Dumb
by Anthony John
Deaf culture
The Running Dream
by Wendalin Van Draaden
Physical Disabilities
Golden Boy
by Tara Sullivan
Albinism and Tanzanian culture
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Native-American culture 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
by Mark Haddon
She's Not Invisible
by Marcus Sedgwick
Say What You Will
by Connie McGovern
Physical and mental disabilities
The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander
Africa-American culture
A Time to Dance 
by Padma Venkatraman
Indian culture and living with a disability
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces
by Isabel Quintero
Hispanic Culture; LGBT issues
I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson
Artistic individuals and LGBT issues
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13-B
by Teresa Totem
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Hispanic culture and LGBT issues

Please let me know what you think of my selections in the comment section. Thank you.


  1. She is not Invisible looks amazing! I will have to add it to my TBR list.;)
    My TTT: http://amandanicolle.blogspot.com/2015/07/take-ten-books-that-celebrate-diversity.html

    1. And it is written by the master, Marcus Sedgwick so you know it will be good.

  2. I'll Give You the Sun is on my TBR list. I heard amazing things about it.

  3. Say What You Will is the only one on your list that I've read but some of the others are on my TBR list! Good list, please fell free to read mine here http://wonderstruck-kcks.blogspot.com/2015/07/july-21-ten-books-that-celebrate.html Happy Summer Reading!

  4. Brilliant list Anne! :-) I must check out some more of the books on your list! They look so good! Thank you for stopping by my blog! My TTT!

  5. I've heard nothing but good things about I'll Give You the Sun, people have been raving about it for so long I think it's time I got to it! haha! I recently got a copy of Say What You Will and I plan to be reading it as soon as possible! Great list :)

    1. I'll Give You the Sun was my favorite YA book of 2014. It is incredible.

  6. I love your picks! I ADORE Ari & Dante and I'll Give You the Sun totally nearly made me bawl (such beautiful writing!) also The Unlikely Hero was one of my new favourites for this year, so SQUEEEE I highly love your list!
    Here's my TTT!

    1. I had a student tell me that out of five stars The Unlikely Hero earned 14 stars in his books. It really sneaks up you, too. Love it.

  7. Great list, A Time to Dance, Aristote & Dante and I'll Give You The SUn sounds especially beautiful!

  8. Thank you for sharing this great list of books!

    Here's my Top Ten!

  9. We share Green & Levithan and Alexie. Great list!

    Check out my TTT and my leg of the Forsworn Blog Tour.

  10. An excellent list! I've never heard of The Running Dream before so I DEFINITELY want to read that one.

    1. The Running Dream was on the HOSA reading list this year so a lot of kids read it at my school in preparation for their competition and liked it.

  11. Will Grayson and the Golden Boy Sounds Amazing/ Awesome Post!! Check out my Top Ten Tuesday

    1. I understand there is a sequel to Will Grayson, Will Grayson and I want to read it this summer if I can cram it in, HOLD ME CLOSER, TINY COOPER

  12. I've read the Sherman Alexie book back in college. But a few of these are on my list to read! Great list!

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday
    xo Stephanie

  13. Oh! Good choices! I've been wanting to read She Is Not Invisible for a while.Great list!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    1. I listened to She is Not Invisible and the narrator of the audiobook is blind herself. Knowing that going in to the listening experience enhanced the book for me.

  14. This is a great list, Anne. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is one I have wanted to read since I first heard about it. I think the only one we have in common is Alexie's book, which is such a good one. I've also read Hadon's book and really liked it.

    1. Definitely read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. It is one of the best YA books ever written. I mean it!

  15. Great list! There are a few here I hadn't heard of. I definitely want to check out Golden Boy.

    Sarcasm & Lemons

    1. Golden Boy is one of those books that will really raise the hairs on the back of your neck. There are people TODAY who kill albinos because they think they have magical powers. How can that be? Today?

  16. You definitely have a few of my favorites on your list- Alexie, Green & Levithan, and Saenz. I still need to read quite a few of them. I got Golden Boy on my reading pile right now and I'm looking forward to it.

    p.s. To answer your question of Stead books working in my high school, I am not sure. I don't have in my collection and it doesn't seem like it would be popular with my students. I think her latest would work since it is contemporary and much more straightforward.

    1. I think I will just read the Stead book for my own enjoyment but not purchase it for the library. Thanks for your feedback.

  17. I loved I'll Give You the Sun! Lots of these books are on my TBR! The Unlikely Hero sounds really great as I have never read anything about OCD.
    Great List!
    Thanks for stopping by the The Local Muse

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