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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

Flying Lessons and Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

I’m just now starting to get back into short stories. When I was younger I was a fan; but then I went through a phase where I needed 300+ pages of a novel to settle me down. Lately, thanks to Neil Gaiman, I’ve gotten back into short stories.

I’m so glad I did too, because when Ellen Oh, the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books published this compilation of shorts I knew it was something I needed to get behind. If you’re into diversity, you will LOVE LOVE LOVE these stories. There is a story for practically every ethnicity, race, disposition, or whatever. It’s the perfect collection!

Every single ding dang story is like a peek into perfection. This is what YA literature should be! Inclusive and representing everyone. Sure you’ll love Kwame Alexander and Jacqueline Woodson, but you’ll fall in love, like I did with Soman Chainani’s grandmother, Tim Tingle’s uncle, and the heartbreak of a family “servant” in Grace Lin’s The Difficult Path. Ps. you can hear it here thanks to Penguin Random House.

Flying Lessons is diversity at it’s finest. Flying Lessons will make a fun addition to your Diversity Reading Challenge.