Diversity Spotlight Thurday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, you come up with one book fitting three different categories: a diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and a diverse book that has not been released yet.
‘BE WHO YOU ARE.When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.
George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.
With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.’
I read George as part of the #DiverseAThon a few months ago and I really enjoyed it! I adored George’s character and her relationship with her best friend Kelly. It was a very cute and heartwarming story, and I finished it in one sitting.
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
I picked this one up after reading about how diverse the cast of characters is, how beautiful the writing is and how amazing the relationships in this book are in this review . I’m incredibly excited about this one, and it’s a short one too, so I’m sure I’ll get to it soon!
Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.
Wing Jones has been on my radar for a while, but I thought it was just your typical sporty YA contemporary, so I was never very tempted to pick it up. Then, last Sunday, there was a #SundayYA chat with a few authors with books coming out in 2017. Katherine Webber was one of them. A lot of the other authors and participants in the chat spoke very highly of Wing Jones, so I decided to take a look at it again. The second line of the synopsis (‘ With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds‘) swayed me, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! (And one of the authors said that Wing Jones inspired her to start running again and, well, who doesn’t want that?)
Wing Jones will be released in January of 2017.