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.


2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books Young Adult

#AtoZChallenge – L The Living by Matt de La Pena

There are so many books that start with the letter L it’s hard to pick the right one! But don’t worry friends I’ve found the perfect book for you.

The Living by Matt De La Pena

The Living by Matt de La Pena!

You might remember I read this book for the CYBILS award process.  The Living is a great book that appeals to everyone:

  • Action and adventure
  • Romance
  • Diverse characters
  • Suspense
  • Strong female characters

Check out my review and you’ll see just how good it was.

Bonus: It won the Speculative Fiction Young Adult award!

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