Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
1. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly – Stephanie Oakes
Minnow represents not only a religious minority – having been raised in the Kevinian cult – but also represents disability, as she has no hands. Nevertheless, Minnow is rarely portrayed as a victim; she is a strong, independent character and her story is brilliant!
2. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
Simon has made an appearance in most of my Top Ten Tuesdays by now, which should be plenty of encouragement for you to read it! I must get my copy back so that I can write a review! Simon is a beautiful romance story, which just happens to occur between two boys. It is not an overt statement on gay relationships, just a really cute high school romance!
3. The Captive Prince – C.S. Pacat
This book is another brilliant representation of sexuality. Set in a fantasy world, the characters and cultures have very different, and sometimes conflicting ideas about sexuality. With the main character outwardly stating that he is bisexual, and a strong preference among courtiers for members of the same sex, this book portrays many different kinds of sexuality in a truly novel way.
4. Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy
Willow Dickson is fat. But Murphy doesn’t let this define her character. Instead, Willow is a leader, inspiring other girls who don’t fit the traditional beauty mould to sign up for the annual beauty pageant alongside her, helping them all with their self-esteem in the process.
5. Seraphina – Rachel Hartman
Not exactly the most traditional celebration of diversity, but still a great example! Seraphina is half-dragon, an abomination in a world where dragons and humans are at war. This makes her susceptible to prejudice, but she rises above it with an admirable strength, and searches for others like her with an aim to make a difference to their lives.
6. Laurinda – Alice Pung
Showcasing the migrant Vietnamese community in Melbourne, this beautifully written book showcases the strong divide between social classes and the difficulties for migrants in making their way in their new country. Absolutely divine!
7. Wonder – R.J. Palacio
This brilliant story explores August’s first foray into the normal school system. But Auggie isn’t like the other kids – he was born with a severe facial deformity. A very cute story about a little boy and the impact he has on his school community.
8. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
This young adult science fiction book has a wide variety of characters. Set way into the future, we not only have a Chinese main character, but there are also shells, Lunars (moon people) without their race’s supernatural ability to manipulate the world around them, who are ostracised or converted into minion-like soldiers. I did a really terrible job explaining that – please refer to my previous blog post! Also, Winter, the final instalment in this awesome series, is coming out in November! Too excited for words!
9. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
It was a toss-up here between The Rosie Project and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time– both books deal with main characters on the autism spectrum. I eventually chose The Rosie Project because while it implies that Don has Asperger’s, it is never explicitly stated. He is a truly endearing character muddling his way through social situations and living on a very tight schedule. Read it, if you haven’t already!
10. Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
I read this book ages and ages ago but it has still stuck with me to this day. The story subverts the roles of black and white people throughout history, giving Crosses, or those with dark skin, all the power in society. It is an incredible way to get teenagers and adults alike to reconsider the role of race and the impact it has in the modern age.
What are some of your favourite books which celebrate diversity? Do you agree/disagree with any of my choices?