Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books that celebrate diversity/diverse characters.
9. None of the Above – IW Gregorio. This book has a main character who discovers that she’s intersex and has to deal with the school finding out. There was a lot of information about being intersex woven into the plot as she tried to accept it.
8. Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley. This book is set during segregation and involves a few black students attending a previously all white school. They faced mobs of people screaming and throwing stuff at them just because they were trying to get to school. There was also an LGBT aspect between the two main narrators.
7. Under a Painted Sky – Stacey Lee. This book has the daughter of a Chinese immigrant and a runaway slave girl disguising themselves as boys to travel the Oregon trail. Not only was there a lot of history, there was a lot of culture, especially Chinese culture as the narrator was Chinese.
6. More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera. The main character in this book is trying to come to terms with being gay in a neighbourhood that doesn’t accept it. There’s a lot of focus on the LGBT side of diversity in this one but the neighbourhood is also very diverse, race wise.
5. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli. Another book with an LGBT character. This one had a lot of humour in addition to Simon, the main character, struggling to keep his sexuality a secret.