diversity spotlight thursday

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1

My first time participating in this amazing weekly blog meme 🙂 This
is a weekly spotlight created by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks that specifically illuminates diverse literature,
and you can find more details of it in the announcement post here. Each post involves sharing:

  1. A diverse book I have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but I have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

1. Read: George by Alex Gino

Goodreads Link

Summary:

24612624BE 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.

About time I got to this book! Such a beautifully written middle grade. I really felt for Melissa (not a spoiler, she uses her name in the first chapter), I loved the friendship between her and Kelly, and the last chapter was SO heartwarming. I’ll admit the kids-putting-on-a-play storyline is something I’m a little tired of in children’s books now, but this one put a nice spin on it which I really liked.

2. TBR: Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

Goodreads Link

Summary:

29904219Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the
mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.

Asian and queer superheroes? Intersectionality? A My Hero Academia feel? I NEED THIS BOOK. Going to be difficult to get my hands on, though…why must diverse American books be so hard/expensive to get here! xD

3. Not yet released: Dear Miss Sweetie by Stacey Lee

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When I saw the announcement I may or may not have looked like this…

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Stacey Lee is basically my favourite author and if you haven’t read any of her books already, get your hands on them and improve your life.

That’s all for this week! I’ll have another post up for the next Diversity Spotlight Thursday.

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