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|Taken from diversity.uno.edu|
So, does the lack of fanfare for minority leads scare Quita and me? Quite frankly--sometimes. So much so that I used to be scared to have a major character that was just black--they always had to be mixed with some other race. However, Nicola's post changed my mind about that, and I did change an important character in Project J to African-American--and the response to the novel has been pretty great so far. My readers don't care if my character is black or not--they were just entertained.
Here's a look at some awesome YA books with minority leads:
- Living Violet by Jaime Reed
- Liar by Justine Larbalestier
- The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
So what are some of your favorite racially diverse novels? Does writing characters outside of your race scare you?