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.


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I LOVE stories containing African American heroines: The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes is one!

I LOVE stories containing African American heroines: The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes is one!

The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes


We need more books with POC on the cover!  I found this lovely little book at a thrift shop!  Grimes, an African American author, is the winner of several Coretta Scott King awards.  The Coretta Scott King Award is awarded to authors and illustrators who promote and embrace all minorities and ethnic groups. Which, now that I think about it, is kinda like me!

But back to The Road to Paris.  The main character of the story is a young African-American girl, who is actually mixed.  But once the author discusses young Paris’ background, the topic is only barely discussed later, of which I have mixed feelings.  Paris is a young child placed in foster care, but who is a delightful child who fits in easily everywhere.  The racial issue presents itself briefly in the story, often like in real life: sometimes you are confronted with these issues and sometimes you don’t.  And most of the time, Paris is just a young girl.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who reads children’s literature because the main character and most of the supporting characters are African American but yet the story could be about any child.  Most any child could relate to Paris’ feelings of starting a new school or making friends or playing in the snow.

Add this to your Diversity Reading Challenge. And grab a copy for  a friend.

2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Dewey's Read-a-thon

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Hour 3 Mini Challenge: DIVERSITY SHELFIE

WELCOME to Hour 3 of Dewey’s Readathon! It’s going to be a great event and since it’s early in the Readathon,





I don’t know about you but I’m all about diversity! It’s what makes the world go ’round and my tiny brain go pitter patter. I can’t get enough of books about people of different colors, ethnicities, orientations, languages, etc. Diversity is the honey in my coffee.  Maybe you love diversity as much as I do or maybe you need to step up your Diversity game. Either way, now’s your chance to SHINE!

Here’s how you do the Diversity SHELFIE Mini Challenge:

  • go to your shelf
  • find a book containing diversity
  • take a selfie with said book (hence the term “shelfie”
  • post to Instagram (or Twitter if you don’t have IG)
  • tag [email protected]
  • post the title of the book and a word or two about why you love the book
  • enter as many times as you want


Don’t have a book containing diversity in your stacks? No worries!

  • find a photo of a book with a diverse character that you’ve read or want to read
  • save it
  • upload it to Instagram (or Twitter)
  • tag me. I’m still @pamlovesbooks
  • post the title of the book and a word or two about why you love the book
  • enter as often as you like
  • if you don’t have Instagram or Twitter, leave a comment below with a diverse book

Here’s a sample of my Shelfie.

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Hour 3 Mini Challenge: DIVERSITY SHELFIE


I’ll do another one during the challenge. Probably won’t have lipstick on but whatever, right?

When we’re done I hope to have a list of new Diverse books to read and enjoy, cuz you can never have enough books, right?

Challenge will run through hour 21 os LET’S GET GOING!

I’ll choose a winner (or maybe 2) and post it here. Prize is a super duper cute bookmark or if you’re outside the US you can choose a prize from the main site.

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Guardian by Alexander London. A Review

If you haven’t figured it out by now, you should know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Alexander London! It’s almost as if we are SIBLINGS



SEPARATED AT BIRTH! I mean look at us! We are practically TWINS! I have ears, he has ears. We both wear glasses, and our mouths are both open in this picture.

Uncanny, right?

Because Al is my secret twin, I’m so proud of him for writing the sequel to Proxy, which is called Guardian.  I couldn’t love Proxy any more because the world needs more dark skinned homosexual heroes, ya know? Sure, Sid is gay but that’s not the point. The point IS that he is a human being who just happens to like other boys. He handles his business, kicks ass when he needs to, and is just trying to survive in the world, just like everyone else.

In Guardian, poor Sid is now the wunderkind, the guy who everyone hangs their hopes on. There’s been a revolution and now that the world is putting itself together, people are still trying to kill Sid. But at least he has a few friends. And all you need is one good friend, right?

Deeper still than Proxy, Guardian is a good platform to discuss political and economic systems if you’re into that sort of thing. What a great semester you‘d have if you taught this in World Civilization, Economics, English, Sociology, or History class! Teachers, get on this.  Fortunately for us, fascism is long dead, but Guardian helps you take a look at this and other failed systems in a way that teens who are trying to figure the world out, can relate to.

I can’t wait to see what happens in book 3.  There will be a book three, right?


Also? Am I the only one who envisions Harvey Fierstein or Topol as Counselor Baram?

Did I mention that I‘m part of Lady Reader Bookstuff‘s tour, which ROCKS. HARD.